Monday, May 21, 2018

Tag: killer animals

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...
Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens
The Sharknado series began as a charmingly low-brow, tongue-in-cheek sendup of the disaster and killer animal movies you can catch on SyFy every weekend. It was initially innocuous, relatively low-key camp, but over time, the series has bought into its own viral appeal and now tries way too hard...
Chosen Survivors provides one of the earliest examples I've found of a "heroic death" by a black character in a horror movie. The phenomenon of black heroic death has served a purpose similar to that of the black "authority figure": it's a way for mainstream films to present more...
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...
Zoombies horror movie
It should go without saying that my expectations for a movie about zombie zoo animals were pretty low, but one of the joys of being a horror fan of color is watching a random little flick like this and realizing the hero is actually someone who looks like you....
Red Water horror movie poster
Not exactly a shining achievement for black roles -- or any roles, for that matter -- Red Water is a by-the-books, made-for-TV killer shark movie. C-grade horror mainstay Coolio is main bad guy Ice, a stereotypical thug who works for stereotypical Caribbean drug kingpin Rick (Tumisho Masha) and is...
Movie poster for Shark Attack
Coming out in the same year as Deep Blue Sea, is there any way to avoid comparing Shark Attack to its bigger-budget inspiration? How about when you consider that they both revolve around sharks who are medically "altered" in order to help find a cure for a disease (in...
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...
Snakes on a Plane movie poster
A funny thing happened along the way in the translation of the fun, campy concept of Snakes on a Plane into a big-screen reality: the filmmakers forgot to make it fun and campy. What should've been something in the realm of Eight Legged Freaks turned out to be more...
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 in the online parodies and speculating on the possibility of sequels (Giraffes on a Speedboat) or even prequels (Dodos on a Frigate). I cheered when...
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