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Headhunter (1988)

R | | Horror | 17 October 1989 (USA)
A Miami cop finds out his wife has a female lover, and he begins to have an affair with his female partner. Meanwhile, a voodoo demon from Africa arrives among Miami's Nigerian community ... See full summary »

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Katherine Hall
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Pete Giullani
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Captain Ted Calvin
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Denise Giullani
John Fatooh ...
Roger(Headhunter)
Gordon Mulholland ...
Prof. Robert Sinclair
Sam Williams ...
Samuel Juru
Helena Kriel ...
Murphy
Ted Le Plat ...
Detective Haynes
John Barrett ...
Detective #2
Frank Notaro ...
Store Clerk
Jim Neill ...
Bartender
Isaac Albert ...
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Robert La Thom ...
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Al Roberts ...
Praying Man, Pastor Bobby
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A Miami cop finds out his wife has a female lover, and he begins to have an affair with his female partner. Meanwhile, a voodoo demon from Africa arrives among Miami's Nigerian community and begins decapitating some people and possessing others--including the cop's wife. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Black Magic. Pure Terror.

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Headless entertainment.
4 April 2008 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

The constant bad swipes this low-rent South American horror film receives might be justified, but I didn't think it was entirely terrible. Mostly wooden, and more often vapid you could say, with the occult idea being push aside for lame (and oddly placed) soapy domestic quibbles of the two police detectives (likeably played by Wayne Crawford and Kay Lenz) who are chasing a killer that unusually decapitates its victims, and might be something supernatural of African origins. Cool! No not cool. This offbeat angle is left high and dry, and just frustrates with its sloppy pace and bland script. Quite a drag! Well up until the frenetic climax. Having the two leads being fully developed is fine, but still it leaves us with too many questions about our ugly looking demon. The underwritten premise is randomly disjointed and terribly unclear and inconsistent in its motives. Never does it become much fun, as its light on suspense, action and gratuitous splatter. Nor does it have any sort of camp value. It needed to go out on a limb to achieve excitement, because it sadly underplays itself and goes about things seriously. The convincing location choices however, seemed to invoke an effective atmospheric tenor, and Hans Kuhle's free-flowing camera-work is well done. Julian Laxton's howling music score has a thumping, menacing tone that won't let up. The rubber demon looks tacky and bulky, but decent for such a budget. Watchable fluff, but not one to lose your head over.


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