Friday, January 24, 2020

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.

Frankenstein horror movie poster
Like Freaks, both Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein have no overt racial messages, but one could conceivably read into them a deeper racial connotation (and indeed, some film scholars have done so). Certainly, the lynch mob scenes, particularly in Bride, are intense even to this day, and the scenes...
Holla horror movie poster
Since modern direct-to-video urban horror started proliferating in Blockbusters around the country in the mid-'90s, the quality has been, shall we say, sketchy -- so much so that moderate theatrical stabs at the sub-genre like Bones and Tales from the Hood seem like masterpieces by comparison. Well, Holla's here...
Necronomicon: Book of the Dead horror movie poster
The third and final tale in this gory H.P. Lovecraft-inspired horror anthology is intriguing in that it revolves around an interracial couple in Sarah (Signy Coleman) and Paul (the fun-to-say Obba Babatunde). They're partners on the Philadelphia police force, and apparently Paul's been slipping Sarah his nightstick, because she...
Horror of Party Beach horror movie poster
Back in the 1950s and '60s, toxic waste could do anything: mutate animals to hundreds of times their size, give people super-human powers and, in the case of camp classic The Horror of Party Beach, turn submerged skeletons into killer Muppets. Apparently, it can even make crude racial stereotypes...
Midnight AKA The Backwoods Massacre horror movie poster
If, like me, you've ever lived in the rural southern United States, then Midnight may not strike you as a horror movie as much as a trip down memory lane. Written and directed by John A. Russo, co-writer of Night of the Living Dead, the film is basically backwoods...
Creepshow 2 movie poster
The third of the three tales in this Stephen King-George Romero-penned anthology, "The Hitchhiker," is probably the most memorable (although the blob thingee in "The Raft" isn't bad) and features black character actor Tom Wright as the, um...oh yeah, hitchhiker. He's accidentally run over by a philandering woman (Lois...
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...
The Ghost of Saint Aubin movie
Its title a bit of a misnomer, The Ghost of Saint Aubin doesn’t feature traditional, literal ghosts (depends on how you interpret it) so much as a supernatural storyline that channels the spirits of slavery, social injustice and economic iniquity in a smart, if somewhat jumbled, tale of love,...
The Vampire's Ghost horror movie
The Vampire's Ghost is a vintage horror movie from Republic Pictures that, like most horror movies from Republic Pictures, has slipped through the cracks of public consciousness, overshadowed by Universal's classic monsters. That doesn't mean they aren't quality films, though. Take The Vampire's Ghost, for instance. Not only is it...
Tenement movie poster
Ah, sweet sleaze. They don't make 'em like this anymore. As offensive as films like Tenement are, there's something oddly admirable in their level of don't-give-a-damn-ness. Rape, sodomy, murder, torture, humiliation; everything goes in this movie. That said, there's only one particularly nasty scene involving attitudinal (and thus expendable)...