Andy Chadway (Corey Feldman) is an aspiring writer who is attending college in the UK. When he meets Rebecca (Diane Nadeau), he is so smitten with her that he transfers to a school back in the States so that he can be near her. Of course, Andy doesn’t bother to tell her ahead of time so, when he arrives at his new school, he’s shocked to discover that Rebecca doesn’t seem to be happy to see him and that, since she lives in a sorority house, he can’t stay with her.
Desperately needing a place to live, Andy checks out the local fraternities but he discovers that there’s only one frat that is willing to take him. It’s the worst frat on campus, a collection of weirdos led by Cassian Marsh (Joel J. Edwards). Andy joins anyway but soon discovers that the frat is actually a voodoo cult that is more interested in human sacrifice than raging keggers.
Corey Feldman made a huge number of strange movies in the 90s. They were all released straight-to-video and almost all of them featured Feldman trying to get away from his teen idol image. In Voodoo, Feldman battles zombies and voodoo priests and Corey Haim is nowhere to be seen. Feldman is actually not bad in Voodoo. He’s always been a better actor than he’s given credit for but he also brings so much personal baggage to every role that it’s impossible to see him as being anyone other than Corey Feldman. That is definitely the case with Voodoo.
The premise of Voodoo is an interesting one and it had a lot of potential. The film deserves credit for taking its plot seriously and there is one good sequence where Marsh uses mind control to destroy a rival fraternity. However, Voodoo has too many scenes that seem like filler and it never fully explores its premise.
Keep an eye out, however, for Jack Nance. One of the original members of David Lynch’s stock company, Nance played the title role in Eraserhead and also played Pete Martell on Twin Peaks. Nance plays the father of a former member of the fraternity and he’s the one who warns Andy to be weary of Marsh. Nance and Feldman previously co-starred in Meatballs 4 and Nance’s eccentric presence livens up their scenes in Voodoo. This was one of Nance’s final roles before his untimely death in 1996.