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Yambao (also known as Cry of the Bewitched) is a 1957 Cuban-Mexican film. On a Cuban sugar plantation in 1850, the master and his wife are expecting a child. Trouble arrives in the form of Yambao, the daughter of a witch who was killed fifteen years earlier. Her presence causes unrest among the slaves, who blame her for an outbreak of plague. Later she uses magic to seduce the master himself.


Yambao has examples of:

  • Alternate DVD Commentary: In 2014, it was the subject of a RiffTrax commentary track.
  • Antagonist Title: Yambao is the name of the film and its antagonist.
  • Crowd Song: The film contains several.
  • Dashing Hispanic: The master is fairly debonair, with his pencil moustache and poet shirt.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Yambao is always barefoot.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: The slaves use machetes and other agricultural implements as percussion instruments.
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  • Happiness in Slavery: The slaves are depicted as generally happy and loyal, with no inclination to revolt or escape.
  • Hollywood Darkness: The moonlight drumming scene was obviously shot during daytime.
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Yambao's brand of magic.
  • Jungle Drums: The sound of drums in the mountains is the first sign of trouble.
  • Kill It with Fire: Damian tries to burn Yambao at the stake, but she is rescued by the master.
  • Mammy: Yeya the housemaid.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Damian is dismayed by the master's refusal to kill Yambao, but remains his loyal enforcer, even whipping his own son.
    Damian: "The master's orders... I had to do it!"
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: When Caridad is stabbed, Yambao instantly halts and drops her own knife, suggesting that she was under her grandmother's spell.
  • Never Found the Body: Everyone assumes that Caridad died by falling off a cliff, although they never found the body at the bottom.
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  • Non-Singing Voice: Due to the fact that the film was dubbed from Spanish to English.
  • Old Retainer: Damian remembers the old days serving under the master's father.
  • Pokémon Speak: Yambao really enjoys saying her own name.
  • Southern Belle: Despite technically being Cuban, the mistress fits this trope pretty closely.
  • Sympathetic Magic: Yambao uses the master's clothes to cast a spell on him.
  • Third-Person Person: Several characters refer to themselves in the third person, most notably Yambao.
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