Director: Roy William Neill Cast: Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Dorothy Burgess, Cora Sue Collins
Story: A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she feels a strong compulsion to return to the island to confront her past.
Director: Jean Yarbrough Cast: Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor
Story: During World War II, a small plane off the south coast of America is low on fuel and blown off course by a storm. Guided by a faint radio signal, they crashland on an island. The passenger, his manservant and the pilot take refuge in a mansion owned by a doctor.
Director: Jacques Tourneur Cast: James Ellison, Frances Dee, Tom Conway, Edith Barrett
Story: A young Canadian nurse (Betsy) comes to the West Indies to care for Jessica, the wife of a plantation manager (Paul Holland). Jessica seems to be suffering from a kind of mental paralysis as a result of fever. When she falls in love with Paul, Betsy determines to cure Jessica even if she needs to use a voodoo ceremony, to give Paul what she thinks he wants.
Director: William Beaudine Cast: Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Zucco, Wanda McKay
Story: Dr. Richard Marlowe uses a combination of voodoo rite and hypnotic suggestion to attempt to revive his beautiful, but long-dead wife, by transferring the life essences of several hapless young girls he has kidnapped and imprisoned in the dungeon beneath his mansion.
Carried across the Atlantic to the New World, voodoo gave the slaves in the West Indies a new sense of identity and hope. But around it clustered tales of sorcery, animal sacrifice and the walking dead: zombies. Forbidden as evil and dangerous, it became an underground religion, weirdly combined with Christianity.
With the film White Zombie (1932) came the birth of the cinematic voodoo, a subject that soon burgeoned in the genre of Hollywood horror films. Since that time voodoo has been represented in the cinema - and thus, exists in the Western imagination - as a satanic cult threatening to upset the status quo with zombies, black magic, sorcery and human sacrifice. This imagery has served to reinforce racist attitudes and negative stereotypes of black culture.
- Voodoo: Truth and Fantasy by Laënnec Hurbon