Monday, May 21, 2018

Tag: 1990s

Voodoo Dolls
The Canadian production Voodoo Dolls feels like a relic -- even more so than the nearly three-decades-old film already is. Its images of a shirtless black man clad in tribal paint and beaded necklaces, drumming in a trance-like state and menacing the white female protagonist seem like they're straight...
Congo movie poster
When I was in college, I took an African history class in which my professor went on a tirade about how much she hated the movie Congo. I can't remember the specifics of why, but let's just say at the very least that the historical accuracy of the story...
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...
Necronomicon: Book of the Dead horror movie poster
The third and final tale in this gory H.P. Lovecraft-inspired horror anthology is intriguing in that it revolves around an interracial couple in Sarah (Signy Coleman) and Paul (the fun-to-say Obba Babatunde). They're partners on the Philadelphia police force, and apparently Paul's been slipping Sarah his nightstick, because she...
Night of the Living Dead 1990 horror movie remake poster
Horror remakes are all the rage these days, so in some ways, the 1990 Night of the Living Dead "redux" was ahead of its time. Sure, the George Romero original is a classic, and a remake could never recapture its magic, but this version, directed by special effects legend...
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...
Predator 2 movie poster
Predator 2 isn't as good as Predator. OK? Now that we've sufficiently lowered our expectations, we can enjoy Predator 2 for what it is: an over-the-top, campy, fun popcorn movie. Danny Glover isn't the natural choice to fill the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger; he's 40-something and runs like an...
Psycho Cop 2 horror movie
There's nary a black person in Psycho Cop Returns, but I was amused by a scene near the end of the film in which said psycho cop (Bobby Ray Shafer) catches up with "final girl" -- i.e., the one who never gets naked -- Sharon (Barbara Niven) on a...
Ragdoll horror movie
Ragdoll's plot feels like a cross between two fellow Full Moon/Big City films, Killjoy and The Horrible Doctor Bones (granted, it came out before both). Like the latter, a hip-hop group (whose performances inspire vehement fast-forwarding) is strong-armed into signing a contract with a crooked producer. Like the former,...
Movie poster for Shark Attack
Coming out in the same year as Deep Blue Sea, is there any way to avoid comparing Shark Attack to its bigger-budget inspiration? How about when you consider that they both revolve around sharks who are medically "altered" in order to help find a cure for a disease (in...
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