Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Tag: horror comedies

Creepin' horror movie poster
In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. That's the best way to approach Creepin', a low-budget, low-brow horror spoof along the lines of Scary Movie that isn't "good" so much as it is "not as bad as" 90% of other cheapie, direct-to-video horror films, particularly...
Cursed Part 3 horror movie poster
It's not often that you see a black woman directing a horror movie, and if Cursed Part 3 is any indication, you might never see it again. The director in this case is none other than actress Rae Dawn Chong, and while what I've seen of this movie is...
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...
Bela Lugosi in Spooks Run Wild horror movie poster
The East Side Kids were a bunch of lovable street toughs (now known as a "gang") who starred in a series of films in the '40s as a spin-off of the similar (though more serious) Dead End Kids pics (They would later also spin off the Bowery Boys.). Former...
Frankenhunter Queen of the Porno Zombies movie poster
In an effort to present you with the most comprehensive coverage possible of horror movies with black significance, I stepped out of my normally moralistic ivory tower and degraded myself by renting a pornographic film. Of course, having never seen a porno before (ahem), I wasn't sure what to...
The Ghost Breakers horror movie poster
Four decades before Ghostbusters, Bob Hope and his "boy" (as he's billed in the film's trailer) Willie Best were The Ghost Breakers, investigating a haunted house in Cuba in this remake of a lost 1922 Wallace Reid film called The Ghost Breaker. Hope, to his credit, isn't as demeaning...
Hack horror movie
I think that Hack! is supposed to be a horror spoof, and the fact that I say "I think" should give an indication of how successful a spoof it is. It knowingly throws in a bunch of horror cliches -- including a disparate group of college students (the jock,...
Harold Lloyd in Haunted Spooks movie poster
Haunted Spooks is perhaps best known as the film that almost cost daredevil silent-film comedy legend Harold Lloyd his life -- a not-so-proppish bomb exploded in his hand, costing him a couple of fingers -- but it's also one of the earliest movies to feature the ol' "spook" stereotype...
Abbott and Costello in Hold That Ghost movie poster
Hold That Ghost is typical Abbott & Costello fare with minimal black presence, but a couple of scenes of note. In one, an unnamed black gentleman appears behind singer Ted Lewis, mimicking his movements during his rendition of "Me and My Shadow." (Get it? Shadow? Racism is funny.) Later, when Abbott...
Holla If I Kill You movie poster
You might be tempted to dismiss this low-budget comedic slasher, but in some ways it's an important and perceptive film. Well, maybe not "important," but in light of the whole KKKramer controversy with Michael Richards, Holla If I Kill You is eerily prophetic. It revolves around the world of...