Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Movie Reviews

Reviews of primarily American movies featuring actors and actresses of Black / African-American descent in the horror-movie, slasher, gore, supernatural and related spooky film genres.

The Crypt horror movie
On it surface, The Crypt is a fairly nondescript, low-budget horror movie about a group of grave robbers who run afoul of the ghosts of the dead folks they're robbing. But amidst the wooden acting, choppy editing and threadbare plot, there's actually something admirable to be found: two women...
The Invitation movie poster
The Invitation is a delightfully demented thriller that plays on the awkward social dynamics of dinner parties, from meeting new people and trying to discern what makes them tick to reuniting with estranged friends and trying to get past what pulled you apart. Of course, this treatment takes things...
Eloise
Eloise is pretty standard ghosts-of-mental-patients-and-staff-haunting-an-abandoned-asylum fare, but for the purposes of this site, it stands out for the role of Dell (Brandon T. Jackson), a character that's such a crudely drawn throwback, he should've been thrown away before filming began. Dell single-handedly embodies at least four tired black horror...
Lord Shango movie poster
A couple of years after co-starring in the landmark black horror film Ganja & Hess, scream queen Marlene Clark headlined Lord Shango, and while Ganja & Hess has emerged from the shadows in recent years to gain some mainstream notoriety (and an ill-fated Spike Lee remake), Lord Shango remains...
The Innocents (Los Inocentes)
As an American, I'm fairly comfortable relating the portrayal of black characters in horror movies to the racial dynamics in the US as a whole, but it's always interesting to see how black characters in foreign films come across. The Argentine movie The Innocents (not to be confused with...
The Transfiguration
It remains to be seen whether the success of Get Out propels us into a Golden Age of black horror movies -- or at least, black folks appearing in horror movies -- but if it does, one film that might not initially garner much attention but might in hindsight...
Urban Cannibal Massacre
Previously known by the more creative title Meat the Jones, Urban Cannibal Massacre settled on its new title presumably because people are stupid and need things spoon-fed to them in the most obvious manner possible. But I suppose the new moniker is more appropriate, given the derivative nature of the...
BloodRunners movie poster
With his cushy gig on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit clocking in at 17 years (!) and counting, you wouldn't think Ice-T would bother to venture out into low-budget, direct-to-video fare like this, but if there's anything Ice-T has taught us over the years, it's that he doesn't...
Get Out
I usually don't review movies that are still exclusively playing in theaters -- really, for no better reason than it's hard to get the screen shots I usually utilize -- but Get Out is Important (with a capital "I") enough to warrant an exception. Between its artistic merit and...
Blair Witch poster
As I watched 2016's Blair Witch, I couldn't put my finger on why I found the presence of two black characters in the main cast so striking. I mean, there have been other horror movies with multiple black cast members amongst the primary cast -- typically, a "black guy/black...
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