Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A couple of wiener Americans move to london with their little daughter for work. Of course, the dude is a workaholic and neglects his family while soon beginning a little tryst with the housekeeper. Meanwhile, the dude's wife Sarah has found an old Voodoo grave in their cellar (!) and gets possessed by an evil spirit which takes over whenever it pleases.
Is it good movie?
London Voodoo is a well made little flick, sharply directed and sharp looking as well. It is reminiscent of other films and sure, it isn't quite as interesting as its predecessors (Exorcist, anyone) but it's still a watchable endeavor. There's no doubt that it seemed that the people involved were trying their asses off to put together something decent.
I suppose the real problem is that this movie is really pretty full of cliches and it feels a little too familiar sometimes. The pacing can be slow and it's pretty predictable, and does indeed have many moments where you may shake your head. But like I said before, the directing is pretty good. I also like it when people explore voodoo, but it has to be really treated properly. I mean, come on- if your wife found bodies in the cellar, would you simply tell her to adjust to it and move on?
The budget for this little film is definitely up on the screen, with some great camera work and a pretty, clean picture. Sure, the characters are a little thin, but I must mention Sara Stewart, who plays Lincoln's wife, the poor possessed woman. She's not given a lot to work with, but she really gives her all to this role.
This film seems like a good start for director Robert Pratten, who could certainly produce something fantastic if given the right script. The man takes a pretty dull and hackneyed horror plot and makes it a bit more watchable than most could.
Video / Audio
The image is great here, presented in 1:85:1 widescreen with sharp colours and a crisp picture. As I mentioned above, this flick looks nice.
Audio features a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack and I didn't mention that this flick has a great score from Siouxsie and the Banshee's Steve Severing (oddly enough), and it is showcased quite well here.
First up is a Commentary with Director Rob Pratten, and this isn't the best one, as it features a lot of hesitation and "watch this" moments, although it's not a total bust as it does provide some good information.
All that was on this screener was a trailer.
This movie is undoubtedly a good starting point, and a watchable effort that could be loved by the right fan..but it's no Serpent and the Rainbow. If you're into independent films, you'll dig this one and appreciate a couple of good performances and just maybe have to deal with a scare or two.