Sunday, September 15, 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.

Nite Tales horror movie
Nite Tales represents the continued evolution of modern black horror movies in the 21st century...at least, production value-wise. The content itself is pretty much crap. Or couldn't you tell by the tagline "hosted by Flavor Flav"? With his energetic, larger-than-life personality, Flav seems suited to do...something, but horror movie host...
Eye See You movie poster
This Seven/Silence of the Lambs wannabe proves that it's better to be a big fish in a small pond than a small fish in Hollywood. Initially tabbed for a theatrical run (with the slightly less silly title D-Tox), Eye See You was shelved for three years before it went...
Coleville
Square-jawed white guy Jake (Andrew Brooks Gagne) is having a bad day. First, he wakes up late for his job interview. Then, his car won't start, so he hops a train...and immediately falls asleep, missing his stop. Did I mention he’s also forgotten his phone? It seems punctuality and...
Not Another Zombie Movie
I know what you're thinking: not another zombie movie. Well, Not Another Zombie Movie beat you to the punch. Yes, it's another zombie movie, and more specifically, it's another zombie comedy ("zom com"). But here's a twist: it's an "urban" (read: black) zom com, which helps make it stand out...
Black Moon horror movie poster
In the 1930s and 1940s, it seems like nothing scared white America like being outnumbered by Negroes. An endless stream of African jungle adventure films came out exploiting that fear, as did a number of voodoo tales -- Black Moon being one of the earliest. Unlike predecessor White Zombie...
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars movie poster
Ignoring the loud flopping sound of the previous year's two Mars films -- Red Planet and (ugh) Mission to Mars -- Ghosts of Mars chooses to boldly go where several have gone before. What distinguishes this one from the other flicks in the Martian Movie Renaissance of 2000-2001, though,...
Z. Winston Brown strikez again. The director who unleashed the plaguez known az Vampiyaz and Zombiez returnz with the "z"-grade Bloodz vs. Wolvez. Saying that this is the best of the three films is an insult to the word "best." It's basically an urban bastardization of Underworld, pitting an underprivileged...
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...
George Romero's Night of the Living Dead horror movie poster
The movie that changed zombie lore forever, Night of the Living Dead is a classic not only of horror in general, but of black horror in particular. Supposedly, the racial commentary that can be read into the film was never intended, as the role of Ben wasn't written for a...
Isolation horror movie
Who knew there were black people in Ireland? I wonder if even the Irish are aware. Imagine my surprise watching this little Irish film when up popped (the unfortunately named) Ruth Negga, an Irish lass of Ethiopian descent who'd later co-star in AMC's Preacher. She plays Mary, a young...