A well-produced, British-made voodoo thriller, CURSE III: BLOOD SACRIFICE is short on plot, but director Sean Barton admirably attempts suspense rather than gross-out bloodletting.
Set in East Africa in 1950, pregnant American Elizabeth Armstrong (Jenilee Harrison), along with her visiting sister Cindy (Jennifer Steyn), foolishly interrupts a local village ceremony in order to save a goat which is about to be sacrificed. The Witch Doctor (Dumi Shongwe) curses Elizabeth,
much to the concern of her husband Geoff (Andre Jacobs), who runs a family farming estate, and local doctor Pearson (Christopher Lee). Eager for revenge, the Witch Doctor calls up a demon from the sea which, over the course of a long afternoon and night, menaces Elizabeth and elderly neighbor
Anthea Steed (Zoe Randall), while single-handedly killing Geoff, his foreman Mletch (Henry Cele), Cindy and her lover Robert (Gavin Hood). When Elizabeth kills the Witch Doctor in a sugar cane field fire, the demon is destroyed, but perhaps, as Pearson ponders the next morning, when he finds the
monster's machete on the beach, it's only returned to the sea.
CURSE III: BLOOD SACRIFICE diligently captures bits and pieces of African culture, and its uncredited locations look authentic in Phillip Grosvenor's capable photography, much of it effectively shot night-for-night. The acting is a good cut above average, with veteran Christopher Lee adding
dignity to the proceedings. The film does plod a bit, with its endlessly tracking camera, and Barton overuses point-of-view shots for the demon, who is only sparsely seen at the end--which is just as well as it looks like a guy in a rubber suit.
The movie shares nothing but marketing chutzpah with its Ovidio Assonitis-produced predecessors: THE CURSE (1987), about a meteorite contaminating a rural water supply, causing mutations, and CURSE II: THE BITE (1989), in which a man turns into a giant snake. (Violence, sexual situations,nudity.)
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- Released: 1991
- Rating: R
- Review: A well-produced, British-made voodoo thriller, CURSE III: BLOOD SACRIFICE is short on plot, but director Sean Barton admirably attempts suspense rather than gross-out bloodletting. Set in East Africa in 1950, pregnant American Elizabeth Armstrong (Jenile… (more)