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VOODOO MOON
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Reviewed by: Ammon Gilbert

Directed by: Kevin Vanhook

Starring:
Eric Mabius
Charisma Carpenter
John Amos

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
A ‘badass’ demon hunter/ psychic calls together a group of other ‘badasses’, and along with his sister, prepares to do battle with the devil. CGI blood and fire ensues.
Is it good movie?
I can’t say that VOODOO MOON was a pile of donkey poo, as I’ve definitely seen worse, but I would never in a gazillion years say that it was a good movie. At times a bit confusing and downright boring, this flick had all the elements of being the ultimate battle of good and evil, but fell short due to silly special effects, a convoluted plot, and a cast of characters that, for the most part, were under developed and just ‘there’ for shits and giggles.

I could go after the actors, as Eric Mabus’s portrayal of the tortured hero (aka ‘badass’) was laughable at times (what can I say, I didn’t like him), but what it really comes down to is that they had nothing to work with. John Amos and Jeffrey Combs were the saving grace of the entire mess, as they had fun with their characters (though I couldn’t figure out why Combs was a ‘good’ zombie for half the movie… maybe I’m just daft), but Dee Wallace was incredibly underused, and walked through her role with so much ‘blah’ that I couldn’t help but grin when she was finally taken out.

The CG was OK for a straight to video job, but overall looked fake and CG. I guess if that’s the look they were going for, then they hit it on the head. And finally, the title: VOODOO MOON? You’d think it would have to do with VooDoo, right? Wrong! This ‘religious’ horror flick mostly dipped into Christianity more than anything else, with the final battle taking place over a lake. Yeah, there was a full moon glowing in the background, but it had nothing to do with anything. They could have called it THE BATTLE OVER WATER and I’d be a lot happier than I am now- at least it would have been accurate!
Video / Audio
Presented in Widescreen (1.78:1); enhanced for 16x9 TVs. Video transfer was crisp and clear- no complaints in that department.

English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo). Sometimes the sound was awesome, and others it sounded like an amateur job at best. Dialogue faded in and out from time to time….
The Extras
You Reap What You Sow: The Making of Voodoo Moon : In classic crappy movie featurette fashion, if you check this out directly after the movie, you’ll be scratching your head wondering if they’re talking about the same flick. According to everyone in this feature, VOODOO MOON is the best movie ever made. Except it’s not.

Black Magic: The Stunts, Make-up and Visual Effects of Voodoo Moon : Same goes for this featurette, which will make you believe the CG in this movie doesn’t look fake throughout. Except it does.

Deleted Scenes: There are three deleted scenes presented. The first one should have definitely been cut out as it was boring and didn’t add anything to the story. The other two were… in the movie. Maybe I’m smokin’ crack in between features, but the two other ‘deleted’ scenes actually weren’t deleted at all. WTF???

Trailers: A couple of upcoming Anchor Bay releases, but nothing to speem over. And no sign of a trailer for VOODOO MOON.

Photo & Still Gallery, and Screenplay on DVD-ROM.
Last Call
VOODOO MOON was a boring romp of religious/supernatural horror. The varied cast of characters were about as flat as Paris Hilton on a good day (though watching Combs and Amos do their thing is always nice), the CG effects were so-so, and the story was somewhat confusing- which is saying a lot, considering it’s simplicity. If you want to waste 90 minutes of your life, rent this movie… otherwise, stay clear and rent some Porn instead.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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