Tuesday, January 21, 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.

Abar the First Black Superman In Your Face blaxploitation movie poster
Abar, the First Black Superman is sort of like Soul Vengeance minus the phallic asphyxiation: it's not really horror, but it features a supernatural element that, combined with a Blaxploitation militancy and rigid acting, generates a true camp spectacle. In the case of Abar, the supernatural aspect is man-made:...
Body Bags horror movie poster
The first segment of this made-for-cable horror anthology from John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper, "The Gas Station", stands out not only as the best of the three tales but also the one relevant to this website (fancy that). This 20-minute chiller is one of the very few non-"urban" slashers...
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors horror movie poster
In the third entry in the popular Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, not one, but two black characters survive (three if you consider a random nurse with one line), including a young Laurence Fishburne (who receives a much bigger billing on the DVD re-release than his role justifies) as...
Guardian Mario Van Peebles movie
Although Guardian is more of a supernatural thriller (and really, what movie starring Mario Van Peebles isn't a thriller?) than a horror movie, you could make a valid claim that Van Peebles's hair is pretty damn scary. (Black men should not have bangs.) It shouldn't be confused with the '90s...
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday horror movie poster
While Chucky never succeeding in becoming a "bro" in Child's Play 3, for a brief period in time, Jason Vorhees was a black man. In a shark-, whale- and sea horse-jumping plot wrinkle, Jason's immortality is explained in Jason Goes to Hell as his being an evil worm-like entity...
Nailed horror movie poster
Nailed is an impressive little urban horror flick that was filmed largely in, of all places, Ireland -- a country with so few black people that it's actually not considered a bad trait. It's sort of like finding someone from the lost city of Atlantis: neat! (Or so I...
The Rape of the Vampire horror movie poster
This French film gained a certain level of notoriety upon it release in 1968 for its violent and sexual content (Who knew it was possible to offend the French?), although in retrospect it's just as notorious for starting the career of erotic horror director Jean Rollin. One aspect of...
Spirit Lost movie poster
Really more of an erotic drama than a horror movie, Spirit Lost is like an episode of Black Shoe Diaries with a supernatural twist. Although it's a BET production, it wasn't made to air on the network (the nekkid boobies are a hint), so we're not subjected to cheesy cameos...
Vegas Vampires horror movie
Blaxploitation legends Fred Williamson, Richard Roundtree and Bernie Casey starring in a vampire movie? How could this possibly go wrong? Oh yeah -- because it actually stars Tom "Tiny" Lister, Glenn Plummer and Fredro Starr. The three iconic elder statesmen are sadly little more than window dressing in Vegas...
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,...