Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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.

Immortal Kiss: Queen of the Night horror movie
David DeCoteau is a 30-plus-year veteran of the cheesy schlock horror filmmaking circuit, but his specialty since the turn of the century has been homoerotic horror (oddly peppered with family fare like An Easter Bunny Puppy and A Talking Cat!?!, the punctuation being part of the title). Immortal Kiss: Queen...
Brackula: The Musical movie
When I heard the title of this horror/comedy/musical short, I was first intrigued, then apprehensive, then a bit hungry (I had a bagel; problem solved), and finally intrigued again. I was prepared to see a cheesy, YouTube-quality, anti-Barack Obama skit starring a lookalike in a cape and fangs "sucking"...
The Sickle horror movie poster
The Sickle is a low-budget little indie film that proves you don’t have to toss a bunch of money into a production to create something thoughtful, dramatic and well acted. Granted, coherence and excitement would’ve been nice also, but nobody’s perfect. Told in nonlinear fashion, the story revolves around Jacob...
Cryptz horror movie poster
Essentially an "urban" version of From Dusk Till Dawn or Vamp, Cryptz revolves around a strip club run by female vampires. As is the norm with Full Moon/Big City Pictures urban horror pics, our heroes are (yawn) wannabe rappers, but thankfully we don't have to suffer through any performances...
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...
Chuck Norris in Hellbound movie poster
Hellbound is an '80s movie trapped in 1994, from the Miami Vice attire to the police chief outraged at her "loose cannon" cop to, well, Chuck Norris, the aforementioned loose cannon. And, of course, there's the black sidekick, doing what black sidekicks of the '80s did best (besides dying):...
The Alchemist Cookbook
The Alchemist Cookbook is a challenging film that defies categorization; it's part horror, part drama, part comedy and all quirky. It stands out from the bulk of today's genre movies due to its unconventional style -- essentially a one-man show, with a slow pace, ambiguous content, minimal dialogue and...
Snake Island horror movie poster
Snake Island is an island located somewhere in the proximity of South Africa whose population reads: 1 washed-up '80s TV star 1 mediocre "triple threat" writer/actor/director 8 to 10 expendable "B" actors (3 black and thus all the more expendable) A half dozen monkeys pecking away randomly on typewriters Snakes In...
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...
Jaws: The Revenge movie poster
The premise behind Jaws: The Revenge is so lame, it should be put down for humanitarian reasons. It's so lame, it should be called Jaws: Jump the Shark. It's so lame, I don't even want to make jokes about it anymore. It's so ridiculous a concept that I could...