The basic plot a group of teenage guys in a college house being used as sacrificial victims in a voodoo ceremony is not dissimilar to the mediocre Voodoo (1995). The awfulness of the exercise comes in the bizarreness of Voodoo Academys pretensions. The film gives the impression that it is funded by some Baptist church group. It is set in a Bible college and earnestly debates Christian theology in between various theological arguments, it discusses whether it is appropriate to use the word bullshit and whether one should drink wine with dinner or not. In an interesting piece of symbolism that is perhaps reflective of the films Baptist background, when the teens become possessed (after drinking wine the hero who abstains, of course, survives) they go from being uncorrupted good kids dressed in black suits, white shirts and ties (exactly like Mormons) to, once possessed, dressing casual and cool and appearing to enjoy life.
In outlandish contrast to the Christian elements is the films bizarre homoerotic undertone. It is as though Richard Chasen/David DeCoteau was more interested in conducting a poster shoot with pretty boy models than directing a film. (The same homoerotic elements appear through a number of DeCoteaus other films). All the teenage boys have been chosen for their pretty looks piercing eyes and blonde hair. None of them are believable teen innocents, none of them are even actors they seem barely able to keep surly, insolent smirks off their faces throughout. The film is filled with languorous scenes of them lying in bed in dreamy trances, caressing their bared chests.
If this bizarre combination of Christian morality and homoerotic subtext didnt make Voodoo Academy fascinating on its own, then the outright laughability of the horror scenes would. There is the hysterical scene where we undergo the voodoo ceremony where the victim is tied up, wine dripped on him and then his head suddenly reappears ... attached to the top of a patchwork voodoo doll. Both the effect and the punchline of the build-up is such a flop that one collapses into hysterics. There is an equally moment towards the end where the films sultry seductress (and sole woman) Debra Mayer is seen strutting around in black lingerie and then suddenly sprouts horns, six-inch long black fingernails and starts talking in a deep voice. The incongruity of the intended effect and thorough banality of the result is utterly hysterical. Appropriately shamed, production company Full Moon have discreetly hidden their involvement until the end credits.
David DeCoteau subsequently made a sequel 2: Voodoo Academy (2012).
David DeCoteaus other films of genre interest are: Dreamaniac (1986), Nightmare Sisters (1987), Creepozoids (1987), Sorority Babes at the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama (1987), Dr Alien/I Was a Teenage Sex Maniac (1988), Murder Weapon (1990), Puppetmaster III: Toulons Revenge (1991), Beach Babes from Beyond (1993), Test Tube Teens from the Year 2000 (1994), Blonde Heaven (1995), Prehysteria! 3 (1995), Beach Babes 2: Cave Girl Island (1996), Bikini Goddesses (1996), Lurid Tales: The Castle Queen (1996), Petticoat Planet (1996), Prey of the Jaguar (1996), Skeletons (1996), The Journey: Absolution (1997), Shrieker (1997), Beach Babes from Beyond 2 (1998), Curse of the Puppet Master (1998), Frankenstein Reborn (1998), The Killer Eye (1998), Talisman (1998), Alien Arsenal (1999), Witchhouse (1999), Ancient Evil: Scream of the Mummy (2000), The Brotherhood (2000), Frankenstein and the Wolfman Reborn (2000), Prison of the Dead (2000), Final Stab/Final Scream/Scream 4 (2001), The Frightening (2001), The Brotherhood 2: Young Warlocks (2001), The Brotherhood 3: Young Demons (2002), The Wolves of Wall Street (2002), Leeches (2003), Speed Demon (2003), Ring of Darkness (2004), The Sisterhood (2004), Brotherhood IV: The Complex (2005), Killer Bash (2005), Witches of the Caribbean (2005), Beastly Boyz (2006), Grizzly Rage (2007), The Raven (2007), House of Usher (2008), Alien Presence (2009), The Brotherhood V: Alumni (2009), The Brotherhood VI: Initiation (2009), Nightfall (2009), The Pit & the Pendulum (2009), Son of a Witch (2009), Stem Cell (2009), 1313: Giant Killer Bees (2010), Puppet Master: Axis of Evil (2010), A Dream Within a Dream (2011), 1313: Haunted Frat (2011), 1313: Actor Slash Model (2011), 1313: Boy Crazies (2011), 1313: Wicked Stepbrother (2011), 1313: Bermuda Triangle (2012), 1313: Bigfoot Island (2012), 1313: Cougar Cult (2012), 1313: Frankenqueen (2012), 1313: Hercules Unbound (2012), 1313: Night of the Widow (2012), 1313: UFO Invasion (2012), A Halloween Puppy (2012), Immortal Kiss: Queen of the Night (2012), Santas Summer House (2012), Snow White: A Deadly Summer (2012), 2: Voodoo Academy (2012), Hansel & Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft (2013), My Stepbrother is a Vampire (2013), A Talking Cat (2013), A Talking Pony (2013), 3 Scream Queens (2014), 3 Wicked Witches (2014), 666: Devilish Charm (2014), 666: Kreepy Kerry (2014), 90210 Shark Attack (2014), Bigfoot vs D.B. Cooper (2014), Knock Em Dead (2014), Asian Ghost Story (2016), Bloody Blacksmith (2016), Evil Exhumed (2016), Sorority Slaughterhouse (2016), 666: Teen Warlock (2016), The Wrong Child (2016) and The Wrong Roommate (2016). DeCoteau has made films under a variety of pseudonyms, including Ellen Cabot, Richard Chasen, Julian Breen and Victoria Sloan.
(Winner in this sites Worst Films of 2000 list).