Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Tag: monsters

The Cavern
The Cavern is one of the few non-all-black horror movies to be directed by a black person (Olatunde Osunsanmi), joining the ranks of films like Demon Knight and, depending on your point of view, The Fantastic Four. (The main actor and actress in the film -- Mustafa Shakir and Ogy...
Curse III horror movie poster
Curse III (not to be confused with Cursed Part 3) is sort of a precursor to Drag Me to Hell, minus all the humor and talent. Unrelated to the first two films in the Curse series, this one takes place in an unspecified East African country in 1950 --...
Devil Hunter horror movie poster
From Jesus Franco, sleazy horror icon and dubiously talented nutcase, the man who brought you Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (which used some of the same cast, including Aline Mess as a perpetually topless cannibal priestess), comes Devil Hunter, a film that manages to tap into race exploitation, sex exploitation, cannibal...
Devils Express Gang Wars horror movie poster
Although I was just a child in the '70s, my memories of the time are still quite vivid: shirtlessness ran rampant, afros knew no race and everyone -- EVERYONE -- practiced kung-fu. Exhibit A: Devil's Express, a lovably terrible martial arts/horror hybrid that was the would-be star vehicle for...
Dr. Black Mr. Hyde blaxploitation horror movie poster
To the uninitiated, titles like Blacula and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde signify ultra-cheap, ultra-cheesy Blaxploitation fare that could never be taken seriously, but the uninitiated can go take a flying leap. Truth is, both films are evocative, low-key, straightforward horror films with complex characters, taut direction from William Crain,...
Frankenstein horror movie poster
Like Freaks, both Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein have no overt racial messages, but one could conceivably read into them a deeper racial connotation (and indeed, some film scholars have done so). Certainly, the lynch mob scenes, particularly in Bride, are intense even to this day, and the scenes...
Frankenthug horror movie poster
First, the bad news: Frankenthug comes from the folks who brought you the unholy trio of Zombiez, Vampiyaz, and Bloodz vs. Wolvez. Now, the good news: There's no "Z" in the title! Actually, Frankenthug might be the best of this dubious bunch, in part because it actually makes an...
Half-Caste horror movie poster
The wilds of Africa stike back! And rarely has it been quite so dull. In Half-Caste's case, the action takes place in South Africa, and the "wilds" in question are the half-man, half-leopard race known as the half-caste. The movie follows an American documentary filmmaking team that goes into...