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Voodoo Moon

I really, really love Voodoo Moon.  It’s absolutely a guilty pleasure and I’ve watched it, I don’t know how many times by this point.  I don’t know anybody else who has seen it though, unless it’s someone I made watch it, which is unfortunate because for a low-budget indie horror, it’s got a fabulous cast.

Starring Charisma Carpenter, Eric Mabius and featuring Dee Wallace and John Amos, this is the story of a brother (Cole) and sister (Heather) who survived a town massacre when they were kids.  Now, it’s years later and they must return to fight the evil (SPOILER:  It’s Satan!), which caused the massacre.  Since that day, the brother has dedicated his life to fighting evil in all it’s many forms and has garnered a rich knowledge of spiritual knowledge ranging from Christianity to msyticism to voodoo, and has acquired a motley crew of extremely loyal people including bikers, ex-cons, cops and his ex-girlfriend who all show up to help him prepare for what may be his final battle.

Btw, Satan is a total hottie!

Is there anything truly original here?  Nope.  And the story can get a bit convuluted at times since there are soooo many peripheral characters.  Plus the backstory is somewhat confusing because of various backflashes and vague references.  But overall the concept was, I thought, great.  It might just be that I’m partial to good vs. evil stories involving humans and Satan or one of the fallen ones.  I’ve always found that creepier than Leatherface chasing screaming teens.  (I can probably blame my Southern Baptist upbringing for that…)

Now don’t go losing your head!

Then there’s the fact that Cole could only defeat Satan (or Daniel as he’s called here) by using a mixture of religions.  There were some Christian aspects in there, the aforementioned voodoo, Catholicism, some Buddhism, and so on and so forth.

Religion’s not bad, it’s how you use it…And this guy is using it unwisely.

The final thing I loved so much is how some of his friends have these seemingly random supernatural powers themselves.  One woman heals him of injuries and one guy can hear his voice in his head (and then yells out to whomever is standing around, “I’m coming little brother!”)  Oh and Cordy’s all psychic (who saw that coming?).  This totally leads to fun!

Voodoo Moon has a little bit of everything and borders on just this side of cheesy – I highly recommend!

Lo

No, this isn’t the story of Lo Bosworth.  This is much more interesting than that and there’s a lesson learned here that’s one of the most important ones to remember.  What is it, you ask?  That demons have problems too, man, and when they do, they’re going to sing and dance to work them out just like the rest of us.  Admit it, we all have those moments where things aren’t going quite right and in a fit of frustration we break into song.  Don’t lie, you know you do it too.  It’s alright, no one’s judging.

Demons and musicals aren’t an uncommon phenomenon.  Just check out “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “Angel” if you don’t believe me.  (And Mr. Joss Whedon, if you are by some chance reading this, I just want to mention that I think you’re bloody brilliant and if I could work for you some day, it would be quite possibly the most wonderful day of my life.  I can even just go pick up your dry cleaning or something.  Anything.  Just call me.  Okay??)  Ahem….sorry about that.  So demons and musicals aren’t as uncommon as one might think but the demons in Lo take things a step further.  They have theatricality.  Literally.  The entire movie is staged as if the audience is merely sitting in a theatre watching a live show with certain light sequences reminiscent of the lighting in “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”.  Random fact that makes me geek out, is that the writer and director created this after watching Jan Svankmajer’s “Faust” (and I am a HUGE Svankmajer fan, I adore him!). Not only is there song and dance but there’s comedy (sometimes of the absurd and sometimes of the Three Stooges variety) and there’s drama, sweeping drama in the heartbreak of a young man who’s lover has been kidnapped by demons.  What you thought this one was all about the demons?  Puh-lease.

Demon conjuring has never been more fun!

The moral of the story here is very clear.  When in doubt, when in pain, summon some demons to put on a show.  Might cheer you up or they might kill you but either way you’ll be in a better place than before!