Thursday, April 27, 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.

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...
Parasites horror movie
In Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!, writer/director Chad "No Relation to Bobby Mc" Ferrin showcased his fondness for recreating vintage exploitation fare and for casting black leads, and he continues to cultivate both of those preferences in the gritty thriller Parasites (on demand January 24 on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play,...
Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!
It's hard to ignore a title like Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!, but although I'd heard of it, it took me a few years to actually check it out. And when I did...lo and behold, it has black folks! More specifically, BOTH of the main protagonists are black -- which,...
Dying to Kill
Dying to Kill is a little indie film that received a brief run on Hulu in late 2016, but otherwise, I don't think it's available anywhere, so if you want to see it, maybe you can make a flip book of drawings based on my description to get a...
The Devil Lives Here
It's a well-known running gag that black characters in American horror movies tend to be human fodder, but at least they exist, unlike films from other countries, where they're largely invisible because of a dearth of A) horror movies and/or B) black people. Even in countries with a decent...
Black Santa's Revenge is a Blaxploitation-inspired short film that's as much an action thriller as it is horror, but given the dearth of Christmas horror movies starring black actors (I'll pause while you try to think of one), it's close enough for me. Horror icon Ken Foree stars as...
Wasteland horror movie
With its scenes of a lone black man sifting through the ruins of a zombie apocalypse while he flashes back to memories of life before the outbreak, Wasteland could be described as a British I Am Legend -- give or take $150 million in budget. Shameer Seepersand is the poor...
american backwoods: slew hampshire
American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire is a confounding little indie whose unique style and voice is as admirable as it is irksome. With its warped point of view, it would stand out even if it didn't have a black protagonist, but for the purposes of this site, it's the latter...
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