Thursday, December 2, 2021

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.

Bats horror movie
I know that Leon isn't exactly Sidney Poitier ("They call me Mister...um, er, well, Leon it is."), but even he is above the demeaning role of Jimmy in Bats. (Then again, his abhorrent role in Cliffhanger featured him threatening to rape the white "bitch" heroine.) I mean, modern "spook"...
Candyman horror movie poster
Outside of Blacula, perhaps no figure personifies "black horror" more than Candyman. And like Blacula, the iconicity is deserved. This movie is one of the most atmospheric and genuinely frightening films of the '90s -- granted, it's much scarier before Candyman (Tony Todd) reveals himself to be a rather...
Demons horror movie poster
One of the most energetic, entertaining and Hollywood-friendly films of the '70s/'80s Italian horror Renaissance, Demons is also one of the few to feature major black roles, in this case a pimp (Bobby Rhodes) and a hooker (the redundantly named Geretta Geretta). How refreshing! It's good to know that...
Frankenfish horror movie poster
Despite the campy title and movie poster, Frankenfish is actually a pretty straightforward horror film -- as straightforward as a movie about giant killer fish can be. It's refreshing to see a horror film with a largely black cast that doesn't revolve around the ghetto and in fact doesn't...
Hood of the Living Dead horror movie
There's actually a good idea for a horror movie in here somewhere; where better to find a steady supply of corpses ripe for zombification than in the 'hood? The 'hood in question here is in Oakland. A scientist (Carl Washington, who hasn't let an inability to act stop him...
Leprechaun in the Hood movie poster
What can you say about a movie in which a man gets stabbed in the neck with an afro pick and a Leprechaun quotes Martin Luther King, Jr. within the first five minutes? At least it's not directed by Uwe Boll? Actually, this is above average for a direct-to-video...
The People Under the Stairs horror movie poster
The People Under the Stairs is not a perfect movie by any means, but it's one of the most unique, unpredictable, energetic horror experiences you'll find in mainstream cinema. You have to admire its ambition, which is, by and large, successful. Really a modern fairy tale, TPUTS revolves around a...
Shrunken Heads horror movie poster
I generally think of shrunken heads as being more South American than Haitian, but if Hollywood says the contrary, it must be right! After all, it's taught me that Jamaican Rastafarians practice voodoo (and get their asses kicked by Steven Seagal) and that Wilmer Valderrama invented the dozens. I...
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...