Voodoo Moon DVD Review
Review by Peter West
DVD released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Written and directed by Kevin VanHook
Runtime: 89 minutes / Not rated
The Story: (From the Anchor Bay press release)
Twenty years ago, a demonic massacre in a sleepy Southern town left two young siblings as the lone survivors. But for adult Cole (Eric Mabius of Resident Evil) and his younger sister Heather (Charisma Carpenter of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel"), an obsession with their parents’ satanic slaughter has lasted a lifetime. Now through Cole’s psychic connection with a group that includes an outlaw biker (John Amos of "The West Wing"), a traumatized cop (Jeffrey Combs of Re-Animator) and a mysterious healer (Dee Wallace-Stone of Cujo and The Howling), vengeance is about to take a very unholy turn. Tonight they will all be brought together in a place where depraved secrets are exposed, legions of the damned are unleashed, and the final battle between Good and Evil will be fought beneath the Voodoo Moon.
Voodoo Moon is presented in a 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen and like most of Anchor Bay's direct to DVD releases has an excellent picture. My rating 4/5.
Voodoo Moon has both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 surround track. While the score is nothing spectacular, the sound quality is superb! My rating 4/5.
Once again Anchor Bay delivers more extras than this film may deserve... There's two featurettes, "You Reap What You Sew: The Making of Voodoo Moon" and "Black Magic: The Stunts, Make-up and Visual Effects of Voodoo Moon". There's deleted scenes, a photo and still gallery, screenplay on DVD-ROM and last by no least, a trailer. An excellent commentary accompanies the audio tracks. My rating 4.5/5.
For anybody that has checked out the straight to DVD movies that Anchor Bay has been releasing lately, you already know that I probably wasn't expecting much from this film, and for the first thirty minutes I had trouble keeping my eyes open. Then, all of a sudden, Rik Young's character of Daniel (aka the Devil) enters into the story and for all intents and purposes saves the film. The story became more interesting and combine Young's performance with that of Jeffrey Combs as Officer Taggert, the dead cop who can't stay dead, there's a few good laughs in it as well!
Fighting the Devil is an old story in the movies nowadays, yet despite the clichés, I wound up enjoying Voodoo Moon a lot more than I expected. So if you can put up with Eric Mabius' poor Clint Eastwood imitation in the beginning of the film, you just might enjoy this one! My overall rating 3.5/5.