London Voodoo 2009
This is a new director's cut of the original film from 2004 and is digitally remastered in English with optional Spanish language soundtrack and optional French subtitles.
This award-winning supernatural thriller tells the story of an American housewife (Sara Stewart, Batman Begins) who becomes possessed by the spirit of an Amazonian warrior when she moves to London and uncovers an ancient voodoo burial site in her basement.
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But there's something tedious about this film. A slow story, with much buildup leading to very little. I don't require my horror films to be blood geysers, but FWIW, the body count is very low, and none too graphic. And the characters aren't especially likable.
An American couple move to London because hubby's job took him there. Wife finds corpses in the basement. She's soon possessed and acts weird. Hubby ignores this until he can no longer, and is forced to accept the help of the good voodoo cult, to fight the bad voodoo spirit.
A minor subplot has the nanny try and seduce the hubby. Not much happens there either.
I first saw this film at the 2004 World Horror Convention in Phoenix, Arizona. I remember being impressed by it, but not especially enjoying it. I bought a used DVD in 2011 -- hey, only one penny! -- but still didn't quite enjoy it.
Pretty women, though.
But this movie, unlike so many others, is fairly effective. Instead of cheap shocks, it builds and maintains suspense through character development, and doesn't cater to the teenaged MTV moviegoing crowd. The acting here is uneven -- all of the actors run the gamut from cringeworthy acting to some really convincing stuff. Doug Cockle, playing the husband, does his best Kevin Spacey and occasionally comes close to pulling it off. He also boldly shows more skin than his wife. Sara Stewart, his wife, smolders like a pornstar in some scenes, yet at other times is very effective, both as mother and possessed warrior. Vonda Barnes is generally decent as the au pair. Unfortunately, all these characters are pretty unlikeable from the getgo, so it's sometimes hard to develop much sympathy for them.
Still, despite its obviously very limited budget, its clichéd score, and its mostly utilitarian sets, this is an effective horror film, and quite a good debut for the director. It's not great, but there are some kernels of greatness in it. If you like good horror, definitely check it out; if you're in the mood for Hollywood thrills'n'chills, this is probably not what you're looking for.
It starts like that, a man and his wife move to England because the husband has work there. The husband is very busy with his work and doesn't give his wife any attention. Then the wife finds 2 corps in the basement and she decides to kill her free time studying these corps (the husband has no problem with that) and then the usual happens, wife possessed by the soul of a voodoo queen, people trying to tell husband that his wife is possessed, husband doesn't believe, Wife starts to freak husband, husband believes and goes back to the people who wanted to help him then a small exorcism and boom the movie is over.
I don't know how this movie got all these high ratings. If you really want to see this movie rent it don't buy it