VooDoo, Visuals Are A Hex Of Horror and Violence

VooDoo, Film Details DecayMag.com. Tom Costabile, HyperCube Films. VooDoo

Director: Tom Costabile

Writer: Tom Costabile

Release Date: February 24, 2017

Release Format: Theatrical

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Genre: Horror

Running Time: 1 Hour, 24 Minutes

Synopsis

When Dani, an innocent southern girl, vacations to Los Angeles to evade her increasingly complicated life, she learns that escaping her past isn’t as easy as she hoped.

Overview

VooDoo is gearing up for its anticipated release this February. Tom Costabile wrote and directed the film. The film is a HyperCube Films production. Costabile also directed the short Horror film, The First Time.

Costabile’s film is part found footage and part conventional. The story follows Dani (portrayed by Samantha Stewart). Dani is distraught and estranged. Following the death of her mother and a breakup with her boyfriend she goes on a month-long vacation. The reason was to get away and clear her head.

She visits her cousin Stacy (portrayed by Ruth Reynolds).  In California, Dani and Stacy plan for endless fun and partying. Dani’s fun comes to an end when she notices strange events taking place. After stumbling into a ritualistic altar, Dani is thrust into a hellish nightmarish prison.

Inside this prison live deformed, cannibalistic people. Minions perhaps, as they serve a higher authoritative being. Dani is forced to watch innocent people, including Stacy and her mom, getting tortured. The victims murdered with brutality. Dani then comes face-to-face with a demon, who assaults her and rapes her. This is her initiation into the “family”.DecayMag.com. Tom Costabile, HyperCube Films. VooDoo

Pros

VooDoo has one of the most powerful plots and storylines in Horror cinema. Although it takes Act I and most of Act II for a build up, the final sequence is like a grand finale. That last 15-20 minutes of the film becomes a head turner.

I didn’t see that ending coming. As I watched this film I kept checking the time to see how much running time it had. When it hit almost 45 minutes in, I thought “Okay, this film is about done, and nothing has happened so far.” I was ready to throw in the towel but decided to endure the last few minutes. I’m glad I did because that’s when the film did a full-on drastic turn.

The film has deformed cannibalistic people with homicidal tendencies. A demon, who is the leader of the herd. It feels more like a cult, as they have cultish tendencies and cult-like behavior. The costumes and makeup are good and convincing.

The brutality and gore-filled killing scenes complement this movie without being mediocre. A couple of the scenes made me squeamish. There are few movies that have this effect on me.

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Cons

Sometimes the film became dark and hazy.

In Conclusion

VooDoo is groundbreaking. Costabile’s film surpassed my expectations. I misjudged the film when I saw the title. I thought Costabile’s film would be on some crazy obsessive doll lady. A person who tortures people through handmade dolls. This film is completely opposite of that.

This film will releases into theaters on February 24, 2017. The markets included are Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Philadelphia, and New Orleans.

Click for information on rating metric: 0-10 Avoid | 11-20 Mediocre | 21-30 Good | 31-40 Average | 41-50 Satisfactory | 51-60 Stunning | 61-70 Terrific | 71-80 Must See | 81-90 Amazing | 91-100 Impressive

REVIEW OVERVIEW
Cinematography
90 %
Performances
50 %
Originality/Redefining
80 %
Plot
100 %
Practical Effects
80 %
Scare Factor
70 %
Special Effects
80 %
Viewing Experience
80 %
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Staff Correspondent at Decaymag.com. Independent movie blogger/reviewer, horror movie fanatic. Watches at least three horror movies per week. Loves dark, crude horror, slashers, and movies based on/inspired by real stories and events.

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