Sunday, September 15, 2019

Tag: 1990s

Cut Up horror movie poster
This little independent thriller has only one black actor, but he's the featured star -- sort of the cinematic version of Simi Valley electing a black mayor. Jeff Hollins plays Carl, a stereotypically burnt-out ex-cop who's called back for "one last case." He'd quit the homicide beat after accidentally...
House on Haunted Hill 1999 horror movie poster
Sleepover at the Vannacutt Psychiatric Institute for the Criminally Insane? Count me in! House on Haunted Hill was one of the first in a glut of glossy remakes of horror classics that came out in the late '90s and into the 21st century, and it's still one of the...
Elliott Gould in Dead Men Don't Die movie poster
I had assumed that the classic mammy stereotype died sometime between the cancellation of Beulah in the 1950s and the re-design of Aunt Jemima's waffle mix in the '80s, but lo and behold, turns out she was alive and well as late as 1991. I should've known that Elliott...
Deep Blue Sea horror movie poster
I don't know if there's anyone who would describe anything Renny Harlin's ever done as "clever" -- except maybe "Clever how he tanked Geena Davis's career" -- but darnit if Deep Blue Sea doesn't display a glimmer of cleverness amidst its arm-gnawing mayhem. There's a nudge-and-wink awareness of the...
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 --...
Ax Em horror movie poster
Some movies have to be seen to be believed, and while I wouldn't ordinarily recommend a film as bad as Ax 'Em, someone else must feel my pain. In fact, I think that every household in the world should own this movie so that the next time you see...
Demon Knight horror movie poster
One of the better horror movies of the '90s, Demon Knight is helmed by a black director and features a black hero (and a woman at that) -- and yet it takes place in neither the ghetto nor voodoo-infested Louisiana, the Caribbean or Africa! But, you ask, where else...
Back from Hell horror movie poster
This minimum opus was filmed in 1993, although its blurry look is more like an early '80s snuff film. It has a Z-grade budget with Z-grade acting, Z-grade writing and Z-grade effects (For instance, a knife that supposedly slits a guy’s throat comes maybe within six inches of it.). When...
Dr. Giggles horror movie poster
The early '90s may as well have been the '80s, with its fluorescent colors, rotund eyeglass frames, high-waisted pants and, as Dr. Giggles so eloquently illustrates, dead black supporting actors. Dr. Giggles was one of the last gasps of the '80s-styled slasher film, which had by that point become...