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VOODOO ACADEMY - Skull
Unrated
Copyright 2000 Tana2000
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Christopher - Newest addition to a private bible school, he quickly learns that strange things are afoot.
  • Rusty - Muscled, but devout young student. Turned into a doll.
  • Billy - Class smart ass and not even the amusing sort, he is just annoying.
  • Mike - How he made it to adulthood like this is beyond me, being a tattletale in college of all things. Turned into a doll.
  • Sam - The voice of reason among the students.
  • Paul - I don't know, he doesn't talk much. He ends up as a doll as well.
  • Reverend Carmichael - He started a new religion, just try to imagine every quirky spiritual belief from California sprinkled with a healthy dose of Catholicism. Turned into a doll.
  • Mrs. Bouvier - Financier of the Carmichael Bible College who has much darker goals than you would expect. Turned into a doll.

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The Plot: 

Early in the film we watch what appears to be a seduction, some woman in a lacy outfit playing with her boy toy. Things look promising, but looks can be very deceiving. Shortly we embark on what the movie is actually about: young men in whitie-tighties (note: I'm winging the spelling, this one is not in the dictionary, but you know what I mean).

Okay, granted that they are wearing white boxer briefs, not the plain white briefs often referred to as "whitie-tighties."

Mrs. Bouvier and the Reverend have lured these innocent souls to their facility with one goal in mind, transform them into living voodoo dolls (think of a man's head on a straw body) for presentation to a dark power. After six such sacrifices the power will grant them an unstoppable army of the dead.

Sounds like a cool basis for a movie doesn't it? Sure it does. I now remind you, that is not what this movie is about. This movie is about young men in whitie-tighties.

Prepare to spend a lot of time watching people talk to each other, normally this is called "character development." Well, a total of nine people appear in this movie and after watching it twice I can only identify half. It goes without saying that we wasted a lot of time talking.

Finally Christopher catches on to the evil plan, though his classmates' brains are addled by the cursed wine and they don't believe him. Will Chris be able to stop the gratuitous underwear party and save the day? Of course, plus there is even a strange little homage to "The Wizard of Oz" near the end.

I didn't need to watch thirty minutes of young men, wearing only white boxer briefs, rubbing themselves. As a heterosexual male that just doesn't do it for me, though (obviously) others may have a different view of the material. Before you get up in arms about me labeling the film as homosexual erotica bear the following in mind: men touching themselves may not be innately gay behavior, but what about making it one quarter of your film?

Overall the camera work is not bad, though some scenes are very badly lit, so much that the film starts to look grainy. Candles were used for atmosphere, which is fine, you just have to add ambient light to avoid exactly what happened. What killed this film for me was all the talking and all the damn scenes of guys touching themselves. Would I have enjoyed the movie more if it was an all girls school? Sure, that is the way I'm wired.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • White socks do not go with dress slacks.
  • God wants you to be Pat Boone.
  • The Eleventh Commandment is "Thou shalt not lift weights."
  • Young men often hang out in the bathroom, just talking in their towels (or less).
  • All young men sleep in white boxer briefs and socks.
  • Religion should not include rubber gloves.
  • Popcorn kernels are an important part of voodoo rituals.
  • Confessionals are an interactive experience.
  • Washrooms are impregnable prisons.
  • Crosses can be used as lock picks.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 3 mins - Nooooo! Guy in white underwear!
  • 12 mins - Black miniskirt suit, black hose, and a black choker. Your standard church mouse...
  • 27 mins - Star Trek meets Catholicism.
  • 40 mins - Little frozen corn on the cobs, mashed potatoes, fried chicken, and biscuits. Kentucky Fried Chicken! I bet they really ate this after the shoot was over.
  • 44 mins - Nooooo! Guys in white underwear touching themselves!
  • 51 mins - No, not again. Cut that out!
  • 60 mins - These people must spend a fortune on candles.
  • 66 mins - He owned a set of camouflage pants?
  • 70 mins - Stop touching yourself! One thousand Hail Marys, now get out!
  • 76 mins - Why didn't this one require a ritual? Is water a catalyst?
  • 78 mins - Nooooo! Nooooo! Why? Why me?

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note voodooacad1.wav Bouvier: "The Carmichael Bible College is an experimental facility and we're still trying to work out the kinks, so to speak."
Green Music Note voodooacad2.wav Billy: "Sad, but true, we're all Pat Boone clones around here."
Green Music Note voodooacad3.wav Billy: "Come on, the word shit is not blasphemy. For Christ's sake!"
Mike: "Well I tried; if you get tossed it's on you."
Green Music Note voodooacad4.wav Chris: "No, I'm not going to calm down all right? Something's going down here and I don't know what it is. Last night all five of you guys were tossing and turning and then Rusty got up and walked away in his underwear."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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When Paul suddenly finds himself doused with wine and glowing like a Christmas tree we get one more chance to see a young man in a tub. Oh goody.

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Voodoo Academy
Reply #1. Posted on September 28, 2000, 01:13:05 PM by Andrew
Just a comment on your review, by far one of the funniest you've written! My gosh, I can't stop laughing at your last comment about the video clip. "Goody"
Voodoo Academy
Reply #2. Posted on September 28, 2000, 08:03:12 PM by jean
So girls in skimpy clothes and/or underwear are okay but guys in it are just disgusting? I'm not saying this is a good movie, I haven't even seen it but you're ignoring the whole picture here.
Voodoo Academy
Reply #3. Posted on September 29, 2000, 03:14:34 AM by
do most straight women like to watch titty flicks?
c'mon now...
Voodoo Academy
Reply #4. Posted on September 29, 2000, 12:11:05 PM by Davin
I always heard of it as tighy whities not whity tighties....hmmmm..strange...  Anyway I think you can tell who the supposed audience of this movie is.  I mean a tribute to "Wizard of Ox", young cute men in briefs...Hello!  It's for the other group that buy's Britney Spears records and goes to see N'Sync concerts...and I don't mean teenage girls...

*lol*
Voodoo Academy
Reply #5. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by matilda
This film is quite bad - except as an exploitation flick - and the young guys are oh so cute - it's reverse sexism at its finest.  By the way, the VHS version is such a disappointment.  Get the DVD right away.  There aren't any real graphic nude scenes - only shots of boys in their underwear or with their shirts off.  Really, one good butt shot of one of these hotties would have been appropriate considering the genre and the intended audience.  Who was too shy?  
Voodoo Academy
Reply #6. Posted on December 20, 2000, 07:27:39 PM by rays
This has got to be one of my favorite movies of all time. If you LIKE to watch young men in underwear, check it out!!
Voodoo Academy
Reply #7. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by tzk
I read this review and ran to get the DVD. Maybe I'm the wrong type of gay, but I think your stress on the erotic was a bit exaggerated.
One advantage for the guys, though, is that bear-chested hunks can appear in any "G"-rated movie.
So, a bit disappointing on the sexual tension, but very high on laughs. They way they cover their eyes from the light in the final scene... A wonderful movie for those late night binges.
Voodoo Academy
Reply #8. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Hulaboy
Hmm...let me see.  Ok..a rich, gay Bev Hills guy who has underwear fetish and his circle of tricks decided to make this movie for Halloween last year.  Then he got this B-movie guy to direct it.  Bad, very bad.  You gotta see the Director's reel films that's part of the DVD.  Those movies are so baaaad, it makes Ed Wood's works turn pale.  Just watch all the Bonus Parts of the DVD and it will give you a much better laugh.  I suggested this movie to my gay friends and they sent me hate emails! LOL  
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