Monday, January 21, 2019

Tag: 2000s

The Crypt horror movie
On it surface, The Crypt is a fairly nondescript, low-budget horror movie about a group of grave robbers who run afoul of the ghosts of the dead folks they're robbing. But amidst the wooden acting, choppy editing and threadbare plot, there's actually something admirable to be found: two women...
Black Santa's Revenge is a Blaxploitation-inspired short film that's as much an action thriller as it is horror, but given the dearth of Christmas horror movies starring black actors (I'll pause while you try to think of one), it's close enough for me. Horror icon Ken Foree stars as...
Damon horror movie
Damon is a decent little supernatural morality tale that aims a bit higher than many other shoestring-budgeted "urban" horror movies of the early 21st century (Vampiyaz, Zombiez, Bloodz vs. Wolvez, etc.) and manages to hit that very, very modest target. Yes, the bar is low, but there’s at least...
Nite Tales horror movie
Nite Tales represents the continued evolution of modern black horror movies in the 21st century...at least, production value-wise. The content itself is pretty much crap. Or couldn't you tell by the tagline "hosted by Flavor Flav"? With his energetic, larger-than-life personality, Flav seems suited to do...something, but horror movie host...
Slip horror movie
Imagine if in The Sixth Sense, the ghosts told Haley Joel Osment to avenge their deaths...by any means necessary. I see even more dead people... That's the basic premise behind Slip, a neat little supernatural action-horror-thriller-buddy cop flick that may be the best thing schlocky Maverick Entertainment has released...
Vampire Assassin movie
I knew I was in trouble when I saw that the DVD cover for this film said "Vampire Assassins," while the title screen read the singular "Vampire Assassin". Damn, continuity issues before the movie even begins! The second warning sign came when 10 or 15 minutes passed without me seeing...
Isolation horror movie
Who knew there were black people in Ireland? I wonder if even the Irish are aware. Imagine my surprise watching this little Irish film when up popped (the unfortunately named) Ruth Negga, an Irish lass of Ethiopian descent who'd later co-star in AMC's Preacher. She plays Mary, a young...
Now Eat the Movie Brotha Lynch Hung
Not to be confused with Now Eat the self-help guide, or Now Eat the college dissertation, Now Eat: The Movie is a showcase for Sacramento rapper (yes, Sacramento rapper) Brotha Lynch Hung, who gained fame in the '90s for his gangsta rap laced with graphic tales of cannibalism and...
Snake Island horror movie poster
Snake Island is an island located somewhere in the proximity of South Africa whose population reads: 1 washed-up '80s TV star 1 mediocre "triple threat" writer/actor/director 8 to 10 expendable "B" actors (3 black and thus all the more expendable) A half dozen monkeys pecking away randomly on typewriters Snakes In...
Vampiyaz horror movie poster
How can you tell if a horror film is "urban"? Misspelling! If they use "z" instead of "s" or "y" instead of "i" or "da" instead of "the," your oddz R da bomb yo! The description of this shot-on-film Z-grade flick says that Jakeem (Richard Carroll, Jr.) is framed...

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Charles Dutton in Mimic

22 “Heroic Deaths” by Black Characters in Horror Movies

Everyone knows that the "black guy" (or gal) usually dies in horror movies -- so much so, in some instances, the characters themselves seem to be aware of their...
Duane Jones in Night of the Living Dead

The 40 Best Horror Movies Starring Black Actors and Actresses

It goes without saying that over the years, Hollywood has had some issues with adequate racial representation in starring roles, and horror is certainly not immune to that problem....
Danai Gurira, My Soul to Take

Before They Were Stars: Black Actors and Actresses Who Got Their Starts in Horror...

Most actors and actresses have to pay their dues before they become famous, and one genre well versed in due-paying is horror. Popular with producers out to make a...

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Interview with the Black Guy

Interview with the Black Guy

Originally published on MadAtoms.com You've seen him in every horror movie since 1984: the black guy who hangs out with a group of white people...
The Green Pile: The Steaming Racial Dynamics of The Green Mile

The Green Pile: The Steaming Racial Dynamics of The Green Mile

Originally published on PopMatters.com Have you ever met someone that you instantly hated? I mean, with a passion; not a mild distrust or a 'don't-drop-the-soap'...
The Black Die Young: The Internal Struggle of a Black Horror Movie Fan

The Black Die Young: The Internal Struggle of a Black Horror...

Originally published on PopMatters.com I have a secret passion; the less addicted of you might call it an addiction. I like to watch. I rent...
Scary Sistas: A Brief History of Black Women in Horror Films

Scary Sistas: A Brief History of Black Women in Horror Films

Originally posted on Pretty-Scary.net Black women in cinematic history have long faced the double-barreled Hollywood stigma of race and gender "otherness," their fleeting moment of...
Snakes on the Brain: Racial Representation in Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on the Brain: Racial Representation in Snakes on a Plane

Like every other Internet gnome trolling the Web for treasure, I traced the progress of the film Snakes on a Plane for months, drinking...
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