Thursday, October 27, 2016

31 Days of Halloween 2016 - Day 27

The Woman Eater (aka Womaneater)
Charles Saunders

Doctor Moran (George Couloris) leads an expedition deep into the Amazon jungle. There he comes upon a strange ritual being performed. Natives dance and drum, sending an entranced woman into the clutches of large grasping plant. Five years later and Doctor Moran, now has the plant and one of the natives his basement. It seems that the plant excretes a liquid that can bring back the dead. Moran hopes to unlock its secrets, but to do that he’s going to need to feed his plant. As women in the area disappear, Dr. Moran’s mechanic, Jack Vennner (Peter Wayn) suspects that something is up, but if he gets too close to truth he could end up dead as well.

With a title like The Woman Eater, you would be forgiven for thinking you’re walking into something sleazy. The truth is, that this film is pretty demure. Sure, there are some questionable jungle scenes, and a few moments of women swaying in a trance before they are fed to a monster plant, but it’s all shot with an unfortunate amount of tastefulness.  The Woman Eater doesn’t really have much to offer beyond the killer plant, most of the movie is devoted to a tepid romance and dim-witted police failing to realize anything is going on. The film finally remembers to be a horror story in its closing moments, but it’s way too late to keep The Woman Eater from being anything more that dull curiosity

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