Sunday, April 18, 2021

Tag: haunted houses

His House
With his remarkable feature debut His House, British writer-director Remi Weekes achieves what seasoned horror filmmakers struggle to pull off: tackling social issues like immigration, xenophobia, genocide and gender roles, alongside weighty themes like psychological trauma and grief, all while delivering throat-clenching scares. It’s one of the rare movies...
A Haunted House 2
To those of you who boosted A Haunted House's opening weekend last year to a better-than-expected $18 million, you have no one but yourselves to blame for the misery that is A Haunted House 2. Picking up where A Haunted House left off, Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and his cousin Ray...
A Haunted House
Marlon Wayans had a hand in writing Scary Movie, the entertaining surprise hit from 2000 that rekindled America's taste for spoof movies -- following the Airplane! series of the '80s and the Naked Gun flicks of the '90s -- but if his latest genre sendup A Haunted House is...
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...
A House Is Not a Home
A House Is Not a Home is notable as one of the rare haunted house movies to revolve around black protagonists -- something, as I've noted, to which mainstream horror seems averse. Its poster could actually be seen as an homage to one of the few mainstream ghost films...
Home
As I've pointed out previously, haunted house movies (especially major releases) rarely feature black families because, well, black families are rarely shown as embodying the suburban ideal that is inevitably shattered by a haunting. Home bucks that trend...to an extent. The family in question is half black -- that...
White Fright; Or, Why Are There No Black People in Haunted House Movies?
Ever since 2009's Paranormal Activity wrested the horror crown away from the Saw franchise, fright films featuring ghosts or demonic entities have ruled the genre, churning out hit after hit -- from the Paranormal Activity films to The Haunting in Connecticut, The Devil Inside, Mama, The Last Exorcism and...
Mantan Moreland in Lucky Ghost movie poster
An all-black horror comedy starring Mantan Moreland and sometimes partner (and straight man) F.E. Miller, Lucky Ghost is amusing low-brow fare that exploits the more base, stereotypical elements of old-time black life (chicken thievin', gamblin', runnin' from ghosteses) for laughs -- sort of like the BET of its day....
Nailed horror movie poster
Nailed is an impressive little urban horror flick that was filmed largely in, of all places, Ireland -- a country with so few black people that it's actually not considered a bad trait. It's sort of like finding someone from the lost city of Atlantis: neat! (Or so I...
While the original remake (oxymoron?) of House on Haunted Hill was notable for having a black hero (Taye Diggs), this direct-to-video sequel is notable for NOT having a black hero. It basically steps over the fact that Diggs' character survived the first film, instead focusing on Ali Larter's character,...