Friday, July 3, 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.

Zoombies horror movie
It should go without saying that my expectations for a movie about zombie zoo animals were pretty low, but one of the joys of being a horror fan of color is watching a random little flick like this and realizing the hero is actually someone who looks like you....
The Horrible Doctor Bones horror movie
I'll resist the urge to make a pun about how "horrible" this film is -- although it is pretty bad. I hesitate to call the script a "script." It's more like two or three plot points jotted down on a napkin, padded out with musical numbers. That's right; I...
Deathly Realities horror movie poster
S. Torriano Berry, director of the early "urban horror" film The Embalmer and member of the Black Horror Movie Hall of Fame, had previously written and directed an African-American Twilight Zone of sorts in the mid-'80s, entitled The Black Beyond. While I don't think it was seen on TV...
The Recall
There comes a point when the careers of most action movie stars take a downturn, relegating them to direct-to-video drivel struggling to recapture even a fraction of their former glory, but in the case of Wesley Snipes, it feels more depressing because he can actually act. He didn't HAVE...
Beware the Blob
In between the 1958 original The Blob and the 1988 remake The Blob was Beware! The Blob, a goofy '70s sequel that stands out for little more than being an early example of what would later become a horror cliché: the black guy dying first. In truth, black characters in...
Devon's Ghost The Legend of Bloody Boy
An otherwise inept horror film, Devon's Ghost is noteworthy as one of the rare non-"urban" slashers to star a black woman as the "final girl". The gal in question is Karan Ashley, who also co-wrote, produced and edited the film, which goes a long way to explaining how she...
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...
How to Make a Monster
African-American actress Paulene Myers has a small but pivotal role in this schlocky B-movie that's a "meta" semi-sequel to I Was a Teenage Werewolf and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein and revolves around the (fictional) makeup artist (Robert H. Harris) who created the creatures for those two films. When...
Hanah's Gift horror movie poster
Hanah's Gift is an ambitious little film that pits a pair of age-old mortal enemies once more at each other's throat: angry black women and mute, autistic Hispanic girls. Yes, it's that tired formula AGAIN. Hanah (Alina Herrera) is an autistic six year old who doesn't speak and lives in...
The Shining horror movie poster
As a kid, The Shining made an impression on me not so much because it was a creepy, nightmare-inducing trip (which it was), but because Scatman Crothers ended up with an axe in the chest. It was an early prototype for the now-cliched black character death in modern horror...