Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tag: 2010s

Phantom of the Grindhouse
Even though we're well into the 21st century, it's still disturbingly rare to find a black person playing the primary villain in a horror movie -- despite the fact that black is overwhelmingly the skin color of choice for anonymous gang members and thugs in any genre. Why would...
The First Purge
Every movie in the Purge franchise has been more overtly sociopolitical than the one before it, and The First Purge takes the series to new, gloriously radical heights in a powerful, if unsubtle, expression of the fear, frustration and anger of people of color in the United States. It's...
horror movie VooDoo
I tend to eye any movie about voodoo that has nary a person of color in it suspiciously. Has voodoo become gentrified now? Are white people conjuring Baron Samedi in between their twerking sessions and "This Is America" parody videos? Coming across the title VooDoo, I had two immediate thoughts....
Soft Matter
The promotional materials for Soft Matter call it a cross between The Shape of Water and Get Out, a description that is troublesome not only because it's wildly inaccurate, but also because the only discernible similarity between it and Get Out is the fact that the main protagonist is...
Snake Outta Compton
Snake Outta Compton is the type of movie about which it seems safe to assume the title came WAY before a single word of the actual script was written. It's a punny, grade-school-level concept that's indicative of the humor within, but thanks to its relentless, all-in goofiness, the film...
The Strange Thing About the Johnsons
It's hard enough finding time to review all the full-length movies I want to discuss on this site, so I generally don't delve into short films very much unless there's historical significance, but The Strange Thing About the Johnsons is so striking, it's literally impossible to ignore. Its images...
Safari horror movie
Even for hardcore horror fans, found footage movies have pretty much worn out their welcome. Too often, they feel like an easy way for someone to make a film on the cheap without having to account for polished camerawork, effects, editing or dialogue. And too often, they show little...
Ghetto Goblin (Blood Tokoloshe)
I've seen a few African horror movies, but mostly they've been moderately budgeted, relatively mainstream efforts from white filmmakers with primarily white casts, like Richard Stanley's Dust Devil. I'm thus by no means an expert on the continent's horror offerings, but my sense is there have been quite a...
But Deliver Us From Evil
Christianity and horror make for strange bedfellows. Edgy horror movies and wholesome faith-based films, after all, pretty much occupy opposite ends of the cinematic spectrum. Sure, demonic possession movies like The Exorcist tend to feature protagonists of faith, but you don't typically get the sense that those stories intend...
Demon House
I've frequently found myself wondering if horror fans are more prone to believing that the phenomena they see in their favorite films are real. I might be in the minority, but I don't really believe in ghosts, demons, aliens, Sasquatches or giant mutant alligators living in the sewer, so...
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