Thursday, April 9, 2020

Tag: serial killers

Leaf Blower Massacre 2
Leaf Blower Massacre 2 is exactly what it sounds like: a sequel to a movie about someone killing people with a leaf blower. Not coincidentally, Leaf Blower Massacre 2, like Leaf Blower Massacre, also revolves around someone killing people with a leaf blower. (To those of you who picked...
Fatima's Revenge
Because pain often fuels creativity, one of the unintentionally positive consequences of the Trump administration's weaponization of intolerance, impropriety and disinformation is that it has provided plenty of fodder for provocative, sociopolitically inclined genre cinema, like the Purge franchise. In particular, the current culture of xenophobia has proven to...
trick
First, there was Michael. Then, there was Jason, followed by Freddy, Chucky and Ghostface. Now, there’s Trick, a slasher villain who stands out from this storied group for one distinct reason: he sucks. Although it seems like the creators of the film Trick are trying to push him as...
Thriller movie poster
No, Thriller isn't a Michael Jackson-themed horror movie (that would be Leaving Neverland); rather, it's mega-producer Jason Blum’s latest attempt to further the black horror cause. Unlike his hits Get Out, Us and the Purge films, however, Thriller headed straight to Netflix rather than playing in your local multiplex...and...
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...