Wednesday, October 28, 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.

Def by Temptation horror movie poster
That Def By Temptation may be the best film in the Troma oeuvre (which studio president Lloyd Kaufman claims in the DVD intro) is perhaps a dubious distinction, but hey, everyone's got a cross to bear. Unlike most Troma works -- including the only other all-black selection, Bugged --...
Dream Home horror movie
I give Dream Home credit for being a mostly African-American horror movie without revolving around a stereotypically "urban" storyline involving gangstas, or even a stereotypically "rural" storyline involving voodoo. I also give it credit for being only 70 minutes long. Beyond that, it's garbage. I suppose the cover art...
The Final Patient horror movie
If you're like me, when you were a kid, there was a old lady in church who just creeped you the hell out. She'd pinch your cheeks with her veiny hands and give you a nickel or an off-brand piece of hard candy from her purse (if you were...
Voodoo Curse: The Giddeh horror movie
Maverick Entertainment strikes again. Another dull, uninspired effort from the company, which is starting to make Full Moon's '90s urban horror output look like Citizen Kane. Likable character actor Glenn Plummer -- of Speed, Saw II, The Day After Tomorrow and er, Showgirls fame -- wrote and directed The Giddeh,...
Holla horror movie poster
Since modern direct-to-video urban horror started proliferating in Blockbusters around the country in the mid-'90s, the quality has been, shall we say, sketchy -- so much so that moderate theatrical stabs at the sub-genre like Bones and Tales from the Hood seem like masterpieces by comparison. Well, Holla's here...
2001 Maniacs horror movie
This sequel to the 1964 cult classic Two Thousand Maniacs is more like a remake -- or a "reimagining," if you will -- with a more overt racial connotation, thanks to the inclusion of "Negro" Malcolm (Mushond Lee) and his "Chinaman" girlfriend Leah (Bianca Smith), as Mayor Buckman (Robert...
Sugar Hill blaxploitation horror movie poster
Sugar Hill is one of the more overlooked high-quality Blaxploitation movies, its lack of recognition baffling given it comes from American International Pictures (AIP), the company that distributed high-profile Blaxploitation flicks like Foxy Brown, the Blacula films and Black Caesar, not to mention horror fare like Frogs, Abby and The Abominable...
Rod Serling in Night Gallery movie poster
The highlight of this feature-length anthology pilot for Rod Serling's TV series Night Gallery is the opening story, "The Cemetery," a delicious cat-and-mouse game between iconic actors Ossie Davis and Roddy McDowall. Davis plays Portifoy, long-time butler to a rich old white geezer. He thinks he's in line to...
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,...
House of Wax movie poster
Poor Blake (Robert Ri'chard). First, he decides to take a "short cut" to the big football game. Then, he has to make out with Paris Hilton, whose breath no doubt smells of penis. Next, it turns out she might be pregnant (He is black after all; he can't help...