Thursday, August 6, 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.

Full List of Black Actors in Horror Movies Actor Movie Year Die? Abernaty, Donzaleigh Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood 2003 Y Abrams, Richard I Walked With a Zombie 1943 Adams, Brandon Quentin Ghost in the Machine 1993 N People Under the Stairs 1991 N Adams, Jonathan Rocky Horror Picture Show, The 1975 Two Evil Eyes 1990 N Adamson, Nathan Blue Monkey 1987 Adoti, Razzaq Doom 2005 Resident Evil: Apocalypse 2004 Y Adu, Frank C.H.U.D. 1984 Aduramo, Israel Exorcist: The Beginning 2004 Ajaye, Franklin Burbs, The 1989 Hysterical 1983 Queen of the Damned 2002 N Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Adewale Congo 1995 Mummy Returns,...
Children of the Corn 3 Urban Harvest horror movie poster
Years before the Leprechaun went to the 'hood, those grain-loving, devil-worshiping kids decided to trek to the city to sample some dark meat. In this third edition of the series, evil Eli and his brother, not-so-evil Joshua, get adopted by some big city folk after their father mysteriously, um,...
Devil Times Five horror movie poster
With black horror movie characters typically being either helpless victims or nameless extras, it's good to see that they can be evil every now and then. Tierre Turner of Cornbread, Earl and Me fame is featured here as Brian, one of a quintet of kids who escape from a...
Freddy vs. Jason horror movie poster
An otherwise inoffensive, pretty mess of a film that doesn't diminish either the Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, Freddy vs. Jason is notable in a racial context for the character Kia, played by Destiny's other child, Kelly Rowland. She's a textbook example of a C.B.W.: a...
Hospitality horror movie
Hospitality is an unusually literate, restrained horror movie that, although written and directed by a black man (Tony Ducret), doesn't fall into any easy stereotypes -- unless you think that black guys are articulate, marginally prissy and like to make snuff films. The movie has a great set-up: a spoiled,...
Mantan Moreland in Lucky Ghost movie poster
An all-black horror comedy starring Mantan Moreland and sometimes partner (and straight man) F.E. Miller, Lucky Ghost is amusing low-brow fare that exploits the more base, stereotypical elements of old-time black life (chicken thievin', gamblin', runnin' from ghosteses) for laughs -- sort of like the BET of its day....
Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil's Son-in-Law horror movie poster Rudy Ray Moore blaxploitation
To say that Rudy Ray Moore is an acquired taste is like saying that Paris Hilton has no talent. Duh. His blue stand-up act aside, his films are low on budget and even lower on subtlety. Petey Wheatstraw, based on one of his acts, is the closest any of...
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...
Trilogy of Terror 2 horror movie
The creators of this long-awaited sequel certainly knew where their bread was buttered, as they chose to feature the ol' Zuni fetish doll on the video artwork with no regard whatsoever to the human stars. As with the original Trilogy of Terror, the first two stories, fine as they...
The Devil Lives Here
It's a well-known running gag that black characters in American horror movies tend to be human fodder, but at least they exist, unlike films from other countries, where they're largely invisible because of a dearth of A) horror movies and/or B) black people. Even in countries with a decent...