The horror genre continues to deliver not only the most diverse subjects to the screen, but also seemingly the most per month. Thanks to The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity the found footage genre has become huge and despite most not working still doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The latest blending the horror and found footage aspect is Voodoo Possession, but does it possess the magic it needs to deliver or will it need to be exercised?
Voodoo Possession follows a young man who has been burdened since childhood with a gnawing sense of guilt, who journeys to a Haitian insane asylum in search of his missing brother. Upon arriving, he discovers all the inmates and the hospital administrator are seemingly possessed by a bloodthirsty voodoo spirit. Now, he must abandon reality and descend into a terrifying spirit world to try to rescue his brother or they will both be damned for eternity. This film works really hard to step out of the norm to be something different, but stumbles upon itself at times. The cast do a fine job for the most part, but no one really stands out including Danny Trejo, who is good as always, but never feels right in a role when he isn’t getting to be a bad ass or poking fun of himself. The storyline is fine, but they tried stuffing too much in to tell a story that really didn’t need to be this complicated. They showcased some cool directions for the story, but kept detouring itself back away from it. The first half of the movie is slow moving and may end up loosing people which is a shame because the few moments that may lease the gore hands are in the second half. Once it gets to the finale, it bounces between some cool voodoo horror to the aspect of the story that clutters the film.
This isn’t a great addition to the horror genre, but it’s far from the worse. It’s one of those that you just have to check out for yourself to garner your own opinion. There are some cool moments and a great horror idea here, but as mentioned before gets lost in itself. Of all film genre’s horror is the most divided so you never know what people are going to like, so check it out when it hits stores on January 14th.