Sunday, December 4, 2022

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.

Harold Lloyd in Haunted Spooks movie poster
Haunted Spooks is perhaps best known as the film that almost cost daredevil silent-film comedy legend Harold Lloyd his life -- a not-so-proppish bomb exploded in his hand, costing him a couple of fingers -- but it's also one of the earliest movies to feature the ol' "spook" stereotype...
Headhunter horror movie
Those of us who grew up in the '80s came to accept certain universal truths, perhaps none more enduring than the belief that the official uniform of Miami cops consisted of white sports coats, pastel muscle shirts, two day-old stubble and no socks EVER. You can imagine my shock,...
Chuck Norris in Hellbound movie poster
Hellbound is an '80s movie trapped in 1994, from the Miami Vice attire to the police chief outraged at her "loose cannon" cop to, well, Chuck Norris, the aforementioned loose cannon. And, of course, there's the black sidekick, doing what black sidekicks of the '80s did best (besides dying):...
The Hills Have Eyes 2 horror movie poster
It's odd enough that The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a sequel to a remake of a movie that already had a sequel, but when you factor in that both "part ones" are lily-white, while both sequels feature two prominent black characters, things seem eerily calculated...Or maybe it's just...
Da Hip Hop Witch movie
As a movie reviewer, a lot of times it's more fun to watch a bad movie than a good one because they're easier to write about and are more susceptible to wacky critical zingers ("Fantastic Four? More like Not-So-Fantastic Bore. Burn!"), but there's nothing enjoyable about Da Hip Hop...
Abbott and Costello in Hold That Ghost movie poster
Hold That Ghost is typical Abbott & Costello fare with minimal black presence, but a couple of scenes of note. In one, an unnamed black gentleman appears behind singer Ted Lewis, mimicking his movements during his rendition of "Me and My Shadow." (Get it? Shadow? Racism is funny.) Later, when Abbott...
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...
Holla If I Kill You movie poster
You might be tempted to dismiss this low-budget comedic slasher, but in some ways it's an important and perceptive film. Well, maybe not "important," but in light of the whole KKKramer controversy with Michael Richards, Holla If I Kill You is eerily prophetic. It revolves around the world of...
Holla If You Hear Me horror movie
I feel obliged to review this movie less because it's urban horror than in order to clarify that I had nothing to do with it whatsoever. You see, the director has the same name as me (Mark Harris), and as much as I admire his parents for their good...
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...