Friday, December 15, 2017

Tag: Africa

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...
The Inheritance horror movie
Watching The Inheritance, it’s hard not to think of it as an Afro-centric spin on the classic British thriller The Wicker Man, with their similarly constructed story lines about people lured to a remote locale by hosts who have dark, ulterior motives. Luckily, writer-director Robert O’Hara resisted the urge...
The Witches The Devil's Own horror movie poster
As with The Plague of the Zombies, the black characters in this Hammer production are tangential at best, but pretty much any appearances in this era are noteworthy. The film begins in Africa (country name not needed, apparently; it's like saying the setting is "Europe"), where British schoolteacher Gwen...
In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro horror movie poster
The artsy-fartsy title of In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro obscures what is in fact a rampaging animal-fest that should more accurately be called Night of the Primates, or perhaps Red-Assed Terror. The plot boils down to two words: killer baboons. It's a fictionalized account of a true-life 1984 African...
Konga horror movie poster
Along with Mighty Joe Young, Konga, also known as Attack of the Giant Ape from the Land of the Black People Part IV, illustrates the evolution of minority roles from older giant ape films like King Kong and Son of Kong. In the more recent flicks, the black natives...
Mighty Joe Young movie poster
Mighty Joe Young is basically "King Kong lite", from its tone (decidedly lighter) to the size of its gorilla (decidedly smaller) to the role of its black cast (decidedly less important). Like King Kong, the role of the black people in Mighty Joe Young is peripheral -- natives sharing...
Monster from Green Hell horror movie poster
A space ship containing giant wasps, mutated by American tests with cosmic radiation, crash lands in Africa, which can only mean one thing: a whole lot of dead black people! Our "hero" is Quent Brady (Jim Davis), a pompous caricature of idealized '50s American manhood: a barrel-chested, chain-smoking, take-charge...
Boris Karloff in The Mummy (1932) horror movie poster
Typically ancillary early black roles pepper this horror classic. Black slaves bury Egyptian mummy dude Im-Ho-Tep (the distinctly non-Egyptian Boris Karloff) alive, then are speared to death so that they can’t reveal where he’s buried. Noble Johnson is “The Nubian,” the mummy’s obedient servant whose skull cap makes him...
Night of the Sorcerers horror movie poster
From Spanish director Amando de Ossorio, who brought us the great Bind Dead series, comes Night of the Sorcerers, a not-so-great film that thankfully was never extended into a series. The story is basically Tombs of the Blind Dead Redux, but set in Africa and with fur bikinis. As with...
The Oblong Box horror movie poster
Once again, voodoo is up to no good. It ruins the party, gropes your girlfriend, and will never pay back that $10 it owes you. Won't people ever learn? The Oblong Box, a VERY loose interpretation of the Edgar Allan Poe short story, is one of those Technicolor horror-themed...
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