Voodoo magic, or something far more logically explained? This is what the Champions have to find out when a Nemesis scientist apparently dies of fear... to the sinister background of throbbing Voodoo drums.
Ralph Charters (HEDGER WALLACE) is a scientist attached to Nemesis, staying at an hotel in Haiti where there is an unusually high percentage of VIPs among the guests. He succeeds in warning Tremayne (ANTHONY NICHOLLS) that something is going on there. But thatís all. It is sufficient for Tremayne to despatch Sharron Macready (ALEXANDRA BASTEDO) to Haiti, and she goes to the same hotelonly to find that Charters is dead. His hair has turned white in a matter of moments. There is every sign of his having died of fright.
Sharron herself hears the throb of voodoo drums while descending in the elevator, and the macabre atmosphere is heightened when she meets a journalist named David Crayley (DONALD SUTHERLAND) and has a drink with him in the bar. Sharron suddenly spots something in his glass, and Crayley recognises it as one of the ouanga bags used for charms or cursesThis place reeks of Voodoo, he commentsand, calling the manager, Prengo (ZIA MOHYEDDIN), complains. Prengo says there is a telephone call from New York waiting for him, and Crayley goes off to answer it. The next time Sharron sees him, he stares at her without recognition and says her has never seen her before.
Craig Stirling (STUART DAMON) and Richard Barrett (WILLIAM GAUNT) are sent to join Sharron who, meanwhile, has been watching a remarkable voodoo performance by an illusionist named Dambala. Part of his performance is putting a red-robed girl (TANIA) in a trance and placing her in a cage with a snarling panther. Following this, Sharron goes up to her room in the elevator, and again hears the sinister voodoo-drum beat. In the corridor, a poison dart is blown at her, but misses, and she sees the red-robed cabaret girl at the end of the corridor. Then two men leap at her, and the girl attacks her. Sharron succeeds in flinging herself into the elevator and getting away from them.
Craig and Richard arrive, and Sharron walks past them without a flicker of recognition...
They, too, discover that the elevator contains a clue to the mystery and, by a process of elimination, pin-point the ninth floor. Pressing the button, they walk out into a passage which takes them into a voodoo temple. Standing in front of the altar is Dambala; watching him are a number of VIPs who left the loungeand Sharron, who reacts very slightly to Craigs efforts to make telepathic contact with her. To their shocked surprise, they hear her warn Dambala: There are two Nemesis agents staying in the hotel... Craig Stirling and Richard Barrett.
Craig and Richard get back to their room without being seen. Whats going on? It is only when Sharron manages to speak to them that they learn the startling truth and the real identity of Dambala. Ruthless men can make use of both superstition and science...
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Monty Berman and Dennis Spooner
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Girl in Red
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A.J. Van Montagu
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