Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tag: sci-fi

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator movie poster
In this sci fi-action-horror classic, not only are there two black members (Carl Weathers and the perpetually sweaty Bill Duke) in Arnold Schwarzenegger's team sent to the Central American jungle to die -- er, I mean to rescue some kidnapped airmen -- but the alien Predator who wipes them...
Predator 2 movie poster
Predator 2 isn't as good as Predator. OK? Now that we've sufficiently lowered our expectations, we can enjoy Predator 2 for what it is: an over-the-top, campy, fun popcorn movie. Danny Glover isn't the natural choice to fill the shoes of Arnold Schwarzenegger; he's 40-something and runs like an...
Recoil movie poster
WARNING: This film may cause disorientation, seizures, and uncontrollable eye-rolling. While I give props to Wendell Hubbard, the director of Recoil, for experimenting with the camera, after 200 ridiculous close-ups, shaky cameras, over-the-shoulder and beneath-the-crotch angles, and so-in-the-dark-you-can't-make-out-anything shots, it's too much to deal with. On top of that,...
Recon 2020: The Caprini Massacre movie
It's tempting to call Recon 2020 a cheeseball, dunderheaded rip-off of Aliens, Starship Troopers and every other film ever made about "space marines"...because that's what it is. It's also a towering achievement, given the obvious budgetary constraints, and a testament to the power of crummy movies. If ever a film...
Twilight Zone the Movie
Although the horror elements in the Twilight Zone movie don't coincide with the racial elements, the racial portions are horrific in their own right. In the first tale, pissed-off racist Bill Connor (Vic Morrow) -- a reference to notorious Birmingham, Alabama segregationist Eugene "Bull" Connor perhaps? -- loses out...
King of the Streets Alien Warrior movie
OK, so this is more of a science fiction movie than a horror movie -- hell, it's more of a public service announcement than it is a horror movie -- but damned if it isn't one of those irresistible "they can't be serious" train wrecks of a movie that...
The Omega Man movie poster

The Omega Man (1971)

I can't prove it, but I think that the NRA uses The Omega Man as a recruiting film. "This is what the future has in stake for you!" I can imagine them proclaiming. Never mind that this "future" takes place in 1976. NRA poster child Charlton Heston stars as...
Abar the First Black Superman In Your Face blaxploitation movie poster
Abar, the First Black Superman is sort of like Soul Vengeance minus the phallic asphyxiation: it's not really horror, but it features a supernatural element that, combined with a Blaxploitation militancy and rigid acting, generates a true camp spectacle. In the case of Abar, the supernatural aspect is man-made:...
Alabama's Ghost movie poster
The film Alabama's Ghost defies classification. Is it horror? Is it comedy? Is it sci-fi? Is it a musical? Regardless of the genre, one thing's certain: there were copious amounts of LSD involved. The movie is perhaps best summed up by a line uttered by shady agent Otto Max...
The Borrower horror movie poster
Emerging just after the arid 1980s, The Borrower was one of the few horror movies to feature a black lead (and a female one at that) in quite some time, helping to bridge the gap between the Blaxploitation '70s and the urban horror of the late '90s. Granted, in Tiger...
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