Tuesday, December 10, 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.

Attack the Block
Although it received widespread critical acclaim, I feel like Attack the Block hasn't really gotten the props it deserves. I don't mean just as a cult fave -- it's debatable whether it's even achieved that status -- but frankly, as one of the best horror movies of the 21st...
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...
The Blob
I will go to my grave saying that The Blob is one of the best horror movies of the 1980s. It combines the throwback alien invasion mayhem of the 1950s with the grisly creature feature effects of the '80s and tosses in some fun, Spielbergian adventure overtones to boot....
Good Manners
One of the most unjustly overlooked movies of 2018, Brazil’s Good Manners (As Boas Maneiras) is a bewitching blend of horror, fantasy and musical that veers from humorous to heartbreaking, romantic to tragic, all while maintaining the sort of childlike sense of wonder and storybook lore that could draw...
Brian De Palma's Sisters horror movie poster
I recall the unexpected joy I felt when I first sat down to watch Sisters and saw that it seemed to star (or at least co-star) a black man. And not your typical 1970s Hollywood black man either -- struttin', jive talkin', ho slappin' -- but rather, an honest-to-goodness...
The First Purge
Every movie in the Purge franchise has been more overtly sociopolitical than the one before it, and The First Purge takes the series to new, gloriously radical heights in a powerful, if unsubtle, expression of the fear, frustration and anger of people of color in the United States. It's...
Ganja and Hess horror movie poster
Ganja & Hess is an acquired taste (pun intended), but for those who acquire it, it's a vivid, stylish, introspective trip. It's also utterly weird and confusing in that art-house, experimental '60s/'70s sort of way. The story revolves around Dr. Hess Green (Duane Jones of Night of the Living...
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...
The Invitation movie poster
The Invitation is a delightfully demented thriller that plays on the awkward social dynamics of dinner parties, from meeting new people and trying to discern what makes them tick to reuniting with estranged friends and trying to get past what pulled you apart. Of course, this treatment takes things...
Blacula horror movie poster
Blacula has become synonymous with black horror, and with good reason. It was not only one of the earliest and most successful movies in the influential "Blaxploitation" era, but it's also a pretty darn good film. Budgetary limitations and '70s-era fashion aside, it's well-acted and atmospheric with a few...