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.

While the original remake (oxymoron?) of House on Haunted Hill was notable for having a black hero (Taye Diggs), this direct-to-video sequel is notable for NOT having a black hero. It basically steps over the fact that Diggs' character survived the first film, instead focusing on Ali Larter's character,...
Sublime horror movie
*SPOILER ALERT* In order to discuss the racial implications of this film, it's necessary to reveal the "twist" ending, although it's not really that much a twist; not much you haven't seen before. Sublime follows the adventures of George Grieves (Tom Cavanagh) as he enters a hospital to get a routine...
White Skin La Peau Blanche movie poster
When it was imported to the US, the French-Canadian film White Skin, or La Peau Blanche, was repackaged as Cannibal, a title that not only obliterated the racial connotations of the movie, but also proved to be just plain wrong. This is a vampire -- or perhaps more accurately,...
Honkey Holocaust movie
Over the years, Charles Manson has achieved cult hero status amongst people who are apparently willing to forgive (or forget, or just not give a damn about) the fact that he not only orchestrated the murders of nine innocent people (including 8-months-pregnant actress Sharon Tate), but also that he's...
Rosemary's Baby 2014
If you blinked, you probably missed the black guy in the original Rosemary's Baby: D'Urville Martin (later a Blaxploitation regular in films like Dolemite, Hell Up in Harlem, Hammer and Five on the Black Hand Side) as Diego, the hotel operator in the notorious apartment building The Bramford. The...
Traffik
Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing criminal enterprises worldwide, one with a disturbingly low level of public awareness and an even lower rate of prosecution, so who better to raise public consciousness regarding this social epidemic than...the guy who brought us Meet the Blacks? Deon Taylor has one of...
Escape Room
Despite the lack of diversity in Oscar nominations for 2019 movies, the year may be remembered in hindsight as a watershed moment for black women in a genre long snubbed by the Academy Awards: horror. 2019 witnessed black actresses play lead or featured roles in more than a dozen...