Plotwise Voodoo Woman is a peculiar melange of 1940s mad scientist film and a feminine monster movie a la The She-Creature (1956), which was also made by the same creative personnel. The film is definitely shot on a B budget the jungle animals are only represented by stock footage, for instance. Which jungle or even part of the world the film is taking place in is never specified either. The film trades in bad B movie cliches of native tribes from the 1930s and 40s who speak in pidgin English and have names like Bobo.
Its cheapness aside, Voodoo Woman has an undeniable vigour that makes it highly entertaining. One of the great pleasures is Marla Englishs performance. English plays the part as a real tough cookie where everything she says is a snarl and a taunt. Tom Conway plays opposite with a wonderful arrogance and madness. It is these performances and the often amusing dialogue that gives Voodoo Woman an undeniable pulp energy that makes it hard to dislike.
Voodoo Woman was later remade even more cheaply by Larry Buchanan, along with a handful of other AIP titles, as Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966) where the locale was transferred to the bayous of backwater USA.
Voodoo Woman was one of a handful of B movies made for AIP by producer Alex Gordon. Gordon made various other efforts like Day the World Ended (1955) and several other non-genre films for Roger Corman, as well as The Atomic Submarine (1959) and The Underwater City (1961). Gordon even wrote two films for Edward D. Wood Jr with Jail Bait (1954) and Bride of the Monster (1955). One of Alex Gordons most famous films was the aforementioned The She-Creature, which was shot back-to-back with Voodoo Woman and also featured Marla English, Tom Conway, Lance Fuller and was directed by Edward L. Cahn (see below). Voodoo Woman was so economically produced that Gordon and co managed to recycle Paul Blaisdells monster costume from The She-Creature to serve as the monstrous form of Marla English at the climax of this film.
Director Edward L. Cahns other genre films are: Creature with the Atom Brain (1955), The She-Creature (1956), Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957), Zombies of Mora Tau (1957), The Curse of the Faceless Man (1958), It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958), The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959), Invisible Invaders (1959) and Beauty and the Beast (1961).