Sunday, February 23, 2020

Tag: sequels

Exorcist: The Beginning horror movie poster
Cain vs. Abel. Kobe vs. Shaq. O.J. vs. The Man. There have been many epic rivalries in history, but few matched the clusterfuck that was the fourth Exorcist film. That respected director Paul Schrader's original film (Dominion) was shelved in favor of a nearly complete re-shoot (The Beginning) by the...
Freddy vs. Jason horror movie poster
An otherwise inoffensive, pretty mess of a film that doesn't diminish either the Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, Freddy vs. Jason is notable in a racial context for the character Kia, played by Destiny's other child, Kelly Rowland. She's a textbook example of a C.B.W.: a...
Friday the 13th Part 3 movie poster
The third Friday the 13th is noteworthy to most fans as the film in which undead serial killer Jason Vorhees first dons his trademark hockey mask, but for me, it's just as memorable for featuring the first (but certainly not the last) black victims in the long and storied horror movie franchise. As...
Friday the 13th Part 5 A New Beginning horror movie poster
With the most significant black presence in any of the series, Friday the 13th Part V is also, sadly, the one that forgoes Jason for a Jason-wannabe who dresses as the famed killer. It's sort of like being shafted with the shortest month of the year for Black History...
Halloween Resurrection horror movie poster
Most people will consider Resurrection noteworthy because it's the film in which one of the original "final girls," Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), "finally" dies, but I think it's just as noteworthy as the film in which the series finally "gets jiggy with it." For the longest time, Michael...
The Hills Have Eyes 2 horror movie poster
It's odd enough that The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a sequel to a remake of a movie that already had a sequel, but when you factor in that both "part ones" are lily-white, while both sequels feature two prominent black characters, things seem eerily calculated...Or maybe it's just...
Bloody Murder 2 horror movie poster
A decent yet otherwise undistinguishable low-budget Friday the 13th rip-off, Bloody Murder 2 does earn some distinction for a conversation between a stock black character named Elvis (Raymond Novarro Smith) and white gal Sophie (Amanda Magarian) regarding the conventions of horror movie deaths: Elvis: "Everybody knows black guys get it...
2001 Maniacs horror movie
This sequel to the 1964 cult classic Two Thousand Maniacs is more like a remake -- or a "reimagining," if you will -- with a more overt racial connotation, thanks to the inclusion of "Negro" Malcolm (Mushond Lee) and his "Chinaman" girlfriend Leah (Bianca Smith), as Mayor Buckman (Robert...