Hot Picks

- Ready for My Close Up 2019

- Talk of the Dead 2016

- Burnt Flowers 2024

- Final Heat 2024

- Stargazer 2023

- Max Beyond 2024

- What Is Buried Must Remain 2022

- Protanopia 2024

- Final Wager 2024

- Dagr 2024

- Hunting for the Hag 2024

- The Company Called Glitch That Nobody and Everybody Wanted 2024

- Coyote Cage 2023

- Tower Rats 2020

- Script of the Dead 2024

- The Bell Affair 2023

- Easter Bloody Easter 2024

- Velma 2022

- Everwinter Night 2023

- Main Character Energy 2023

- Stupid Games 2024

- Bittertooth 2023

- 4 Minutes of Terror: Night Slasher 2024

- Apart 2024

- The Abandoned 2006

- Becky 2024

- The Evil Fairy Queen 2024

- The Black Guelph 2022

- Followers 2024

- Silence of the Prey 2024

- Battle for the Western Front 2024

- Beware the Boogeyman 2024

- Subject 101 2022

- Driftwood 2023

- The Legend of Lake Hollow 2024

- Black Mass 2023

- Skinwalkers: American Werewolves 2 2023

- The Manifestation 2024

- Spirit Riser 2024

- Garden of Souls 2019

- It's a Wonderful Slice 2024

- Caleb & Sarah 2024

- The Thousand Steps 2020

- The Desiring 2021

- When a Stranger Knocks 2024

- Quint-essentially Irish 2024

- Son of Gacy 2024

- Saltville 2024

- The True Story of the Christ's Return 2024

- Whenever I'm Alone with You 2023

- Jurassic Triangle 2024

- Midnight Peepshow 2022

- Cosmos 2021

- First Impressions Can Kill 2017

- A Killer Conversation 2014

- Star Crash 1979

- Strangler of the Swamp 1946

Voodoo Island

USA 1957
produced by
Howard W. Koch, Aubrey Schenck (executive) for Bel Air/United Artists
directed by Reginald Le Borg
starring Boris Karloff, Beverly Tyler, Murvyn Vye, Elisha Cook jr, Rhodes Reason, Jean Engstrom, Frederick Ledebur, Glenn Dixon, Owen Cunningham, Herbert Patterson, Jerry Frank
written by Richard H.Landau, music by Les Baxter

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Quick Links

Abbott & Costello

The Addams Family

Alice in Wonderland

Arsène Lupin



Black Emanuelle

Bomba the Jungle Boy

Bowery Boys

Bulldog Drummond

Captain America

Charlie Chan



Dick Tracy

Dr. Mabuse

Dr. Orloff

Doctor Who


Edgar Wallace made in Germany

Elizabeth Bathory



Flash Gordon


Frankie & Annette Beach Party movies

Freddy Krueger

Fu Manchu





El Hombre Lobo

Incredible Hulk

Jack the Ripper

James Bond

Jekyll and Hyde

Jerry Cotton

Jungle Jim


Kekko Kamen

King Kong

Laurel and Hardy

Lemmy Caution


Lone Wolf and Cub

Lupin III


Marx Brothers

Miss Marple

Mr. Moto

Mister Wong


The Munsters

Nick Carter

OSS 117

Phantom of the Opera

Philip Marlowe

Philo Vance


Robin Hood

The Saint

Santa Claus

El Santo

Schoolgirl Report

The Shadow

Sherlock Holmes


Star Trek

Sukeban Deka



Three Mesquiteers

Three Musketeers

Three Stooges

Three Supermen


Wizard of Oz

Wolf Man

Wonder Woman




Bigshot Carlton (Owen Cunningham) desperately wants to build a hotel on a remote Caribbean island, but after a scouting team of 4 went missing - safe for Mitchell (Frederick Ledebur), who returned as a zombie - he hires professor Knight (Boris Karloff), a professional cynic & investigator into the supernatural, to prove to him that everything's alright on the island.

Knight soon has a motley crew assembled, consisting of him, his assistant Adams (Beverly Tyler), Carlton's assistant Barney (Murvyn Vye), Claire Winter (Jean Engstrom) - I have not the faintest idea why she comes along -, adventurer Dunn (Rhodes Reason), greedy trader Schuyler (Elisha Cook jr), the zombie of course and his doctor (Herbert Patterson).

The little expedition is of course plagued by problems right from the start, when their plane gets into freak weather, later the zombie dies (for good) but leaves a ouanga bag containing enough deathwishes for all the others behind, yet later their boat that is to bring them to the island mysteriously breaks down ... & that is all before they even reach the island. On the island they seem to be constatnly watched, and they have to realize it is inhabited by giant carnivorous plants who promptly eat up Claire.

Knight soon supects that all the weird occurences are only set up to lead them into a ceertain direction, & before long he is proven right, as they reach a native village & are taken prisoner, & Barney is turned into a zombie as well.

The natives' chief (Glenn Dixon) tell them that the island is the last resort of his tribe, & if it was discovered & exploited for tourism it would be the tribe's end ... which is why they grew these giant carnivorous plants.

Knight tires to convince the chief that the natives' secret would be safe with him & his friends, when Schuyler, rather foolishly, disagrees, reminding everyone of the promises Carlton had made to him concerning tourism on this island. Our group is taken captive, & the next day, Schuyler, thanks to some voodoo spell, kills himself.

The rest are allowed to leave the island (!).


The film has all the right ingredients for a trash masterpiece - zombies, voodoo, carnivorous plants, unconvincing natives & jungle sets, and of course Boris Karloff - but for some reason it isn't. The problem lies most probably in too big an ensemble, & desperate attempts to fill each of the characters in with an individual story ... which might even have worked were the stories not overly clichéd & thus uninteresting, & wouldn't these stories stand in the way of the real plot. However the (obviously plastic) carnivorous plants make up for at leaast part of the film's deficiencies.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


Feeling lucky?
Want to
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results?
(commissions earned)

The links below
will take you
just there!!!

Find Voodoo Island
at the amazons ...


Great Britain (a.k.a. the United Kingdom)

Germany (East AND West)

Looking for imports?
Find Voodoo Island here ...

Your shop for all things Thai

Something naughty?
(Must be over 18 to go there!)

x-rated  find Voodoo Island at

Thanks for watching !!!



In times of uncertainty of a possible zombie outbreak, a woman has to decide between two men - only one of them's one of the undead.


There's No Such Thing as Zombies
Luana Ribeira, Rudy Barrow and Rami Hilmi
special appearances by
Debra Lamb and Lynn Lowry


directed by
Eddie Bammeke

written by
Michael Haberfelner

produced by
Michael Haberfelner, Luana Ribeira and Eddie Bammeke


now streaming at


Amazon UK





Robots and rats,
demons and potholes,
cuddly toys and
shopping mall Santas,
love and death and everything in between,
Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

is all of that.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to
a collection of short stories and mini-plays
ranging from the horrific to the darkly humourous,
from the post-apocalyptic
to the weirdly romantic,
tales that will give you a chill and maybe a chuckle, all thought up by
the twisted mind of
screenwriter and film reviewer
Michael Haberfelner.


Tales to Chill
Your Bones to

the new anthology by
Michael Haberfelner


Out now from