Sunday, June 16, 2019

Tag: serial killers

Fixation
I’ve been a sucker for killer kid movies ever since The Bad Seed, so the prospect of a film featuring a homicidal little black girl -- in my dream scenario, with afro puffs instead of Bad Seed Rhoda’s trademark pigtails -- piqued my interest. Alas, as the cover art...
Inhumanity
What Inhumanity lacks in budget, it makes up for in reckless ambition. With a sprawling slasher-thriller-action-sci fi-mystery-suspense story that incorporates serial killers, police corruption, medical experimentation, an international crime ring, a murder whodunit, a love triangle and a myriad of crosses, double-crosses and plot twists, it admirably aims for...
Writers Retreat movie poster
The British film Writers Retreat feels like a throwback -- somewhere between a more violent Agatha Christie murder mystery and a less stylized giallo -- but one progressive element it has going for it is the fact that the main protagonist is black. And gay. So, you know, two...
Slice movie poster
When red-hot indie studio A24 -- home to award winners like Moonlight, Room and Lady Bird and acclaimed genre fare like Hereditary, The Witch and It Comes at Night -- revealed that it was releasing a horror-comedy starring Chance "the Rapper" Bennett and Zazie Beetz, I was understandably pumped....
Phantom of the Grindhouse
Even though we're well into the 21st century, it's still disturbingly rare to find a black person playing the primary villain in a horror movie -- despite the fact that black is overwhelmingly the skin color of choice for anonymous gang members and thugs in any genre. Why would...
Machete Joe
Looking at its cover art, Machete Joe seems like just another cheapo slasher movie, but a couple of things set this film apart from the pack. First, the cast -- including the killer -- is primarily black (not that you can tell from the light-skinned victim and the shadowy...
Urban Cannibal Massacre
Previously known by the more creative title Meat the Jones, Urban Cannibal Massacre settled on its new title presumably because people are stupid and need things spoon-fed to them in the most obvious manner possible. But I suppose the new moniker is more appropriate, given the derivative nature of the...
Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!
It's hard to ignore a title like Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill!, but although I'd heard of it, it took me a few years to actually check it out. And when I did...lo and behold, it has black folks! More specifically, BOTH of the main protagonists are black -- which,...
Holla II horror movie
Back in 2006, the slasher Holla was a refreshingly competent change of pace for all-black horror movies, which had become saturated with the likes of Zombiez, Vampiyaz, Bloodz vs. Wolvez and other similarly repugnant garbage. Holla was by no means a classic, but it helped raise the bar for...
Chain Letter horror movie poster
With its mostly white cast, you wouldn’t necessarily deduce that Chain Letter had a black director -- Black Horror Hall of Famer Deon Taylor (Nite Tales, Dead Tone, Meet the Blacks). Upon closer examination, though, you realize that it sneaks in one of the rarest of horror movie occurrences:...