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Jan 29

The Shaman

SHAMANGenre: Horror
Year: 1987
Country: USA

Director: Michael Yakub
Starring: Avind Harum, Michael Conforti, James Farkas, Mark Folger, Mike Hodge

 

 

 

The Shaman (played by Avind Harum) is looking for a prodigy to replace him. He has his mind set on Jack (Michael Conforti), a young and healthy Tom Cruise look-a-like who is not to happy to become his successor. The Shaman kidnaps his girlfriend to convince him to join him and succeeds. Jack now has to convince his neighbors and friends to join them aswell, something they do with magic and mind-control, while the only one that can stop them is Jack’s friend Paul.

According to Wikipedia, a shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters a trance state during a ritual, and practices divination and healing. The shaman in this movie doesn’t do any rituals, but he does get the people into a trance which makes him control them. What he want from all of this is not really told however.

I’m sure the movie makers had the title ready before starting the script. To make a movie about a shaman is alright enough, but there is absolutely nothing interesting going on in this movie. The characters are dull, the shaman is also dull, there is no suspense, effects, gore, humour, anything at all in this. The direction by Michael Yakub is amateurish and I’m not surprised that this was the first and last movie he made. The acting is crap and it’s shot in the same two houses + woods the entire time and everything is just dull to look at.

There is not one single thing I can think of that is good in this movie or a reason why anyone should watch this (even if you are Michael Yakub you shouldn’t watch this movie). It seems that others agree with me and this obscure movie hasn’t ever gotten a DVD release from what I can tell. After seeing it, I can understand why. Avoid at all costs.

“Fun” fact: Halfway through this snoozefest I got a terrible headache and had to lie down for a while. Maybe that’s the real power of The Shaman?

 

 ★½☆☆☆ 

 

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