Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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.

Angel Heart
Remember when the most controversial thing about the cast of The Cosby Show was Lisa Bonet's sex scene in Angel Heart? Ah, the good ol' days. The year was 1987, and the Huxtables were America's family, but their facade of upper-middle-class sitcom perfection took a hit when word came that...
horror movie VooDoo
I tend to eye any movie about voodoo that has nary a person of color in it suspiciously. Has voodoo become gentrified now? Are white people conjuring Baron Samedi in between their twerking sessions and "This Is America" parody videos? Coming across the title VooDoo, I had two immediate thoughts....
Soft Matter
The promotional materials for Soft Matter call it a cross between The Shape of Water and Get Out, a description that is troublesome not only because it's wildly inaccurate, but also because the only discernible similarity between it and Get Out is the fact that the main protagonist is...
Snake Outta Compton
Snake Outta Compton is the type of movie about which it seems safe to assume the title came WAY before a single word of the actual script was written. It's a punny, grade-school-level concept that's indicative of the humor within, but thanks to its relentless, all-in goofiness, the film...
The Strange Thing About the Johnsons
It's hard enough finding time to review all the full-length movies I want to discuss on this site, so I generally don't delve into short films very much unless there's historical significance, but The Strange Thing About the Johnsons is so striking, it's literally impossible to ignore. Its images...
Voodoo Dolls
The Canadian production Voodoo Dolls feels like a relic -- even more so than the nearly three-decades-old film already is. Its images of a shirtless black man clad in tribal paint and beaded necklaces, drumming in a trance-like state and menacing the white female protagonist seem like they're straight...
Safari horror movie
Even for hardcore horror fans, found footage movies have pretty much worn out their welcome. Too often, they feel like an easy way for someone to make a film on the cheap without having to account for polished camerawork, effects, editing or dialogue. And too often, they show little...
The Leech Woman
The Leech Woman isn't exactly the creative zenith of Universal horror -- coming six years after the studio's last great monster movie of its golden era, Creature from the Black Lagoon -- but it might be its zenith of racial representation…not that that's exactly high praise. It basically means...
Ghetto Goblin (Blood Tokoloshe)
I've seen a few African horror movies, but mostly they've been moderately budgeted, relatively mainstream efforts from white filmmakers with primarily white casts, like Richard Stanley's Dust Devil. I'm thus by no means an expert on the continent's horror offerings, but my sense is there have been quite a...
But Deliver Us From Evil
Christianity and horror make for strange bedfellows. Edgy horror movies and wholesome faith-based films, after all, pretty much occupy opposite ends of the cinematic spectrum. Sure, demonic possession movies like The Exorcist tend to feature protagonists of faith, but you don't typically get the sense that those stories intend...
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