Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Tag: serial killers

Holla If I Kill You movie poster
You might be tempted to dismiss this low-budget comedic slasher, but in some ways it's an important and perceptive film. Well, maybe not "important," but in light of the whole KKKramer controversy with Michael Richards, Holla If I Kill You is eerily prophetic. It revolves around the world of...
Deathly Realities horror movie poster
S. Torriano Berry, director of the early "urban horror" film The Embalmer and member of the Black Horror Movie Hall of Fame, had previously written and directed an African-American Twilight Zone of sorts in the mid-'80s, entitled The Black Beyond. While I don't think it was seen on TV...
Holla If You Hear Me horror movie
I feel obliged to review this movie less because it's urban horror than in order to clarify that I had nothing to do with it whatsoever. You see, the director has the same name as me (Mark Harris), and as much as I admire his parents for their good...
Death Row horror movie
The Quiroz Brothers have unleashed a string of mediocre-at-best horror cheapies over the past few years, but I'll give them credit for one thing: each one has been better than the last. Of course, when you start out with Hood of the Living Dead, there's little place to go...
Do You Wanna Know a Secret movie poster
The answer to the titular question is most certainly "no," but while Do You Wanna Know a Secret is an utterly pitiful and derivative slasher whose main draw is Joey Lawrence going through some sort of Jean-Claude Van Damme phase, it actually has some interesting racial overtones. The story finds...
The antithesis of Part 3, the two black characters A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 -- Sheila (Toy Newkirk) and Roland (Ken Sagoes, pressing his luck by returning for the sequel) -- die, and fairly early on at that. Newkirk's demise does allow for one of Freddy's more memorable...
Embalmer horror movie
Predating Full Moon releases like Killjoy by several years, Embalmer was one of the earliest of the "urban horror" films of the '90s. The movie brings to life a supposed urban legend of "Undertaker Zach", a killer so vicious that he inspired a Lizzie Borden-like hop scotch rhyme: Tell you...
The Evil One horror movie
It's nice to find a relatively high-minded, restrained -- dare I say classy? -- urban horror tale that doesn't revolve around crude stereotypes or titles with Z's where S's should be, but after about two hours, restraint and class will put your ass to sleep. The Evil One is...
House of Wax movie poster
Poor Blake (Robert Ri'chard). First, he decides to take a "short cut" to the big football game. Then, he has to make out with Paris Hilton, whose breath no doubt smells of penis. Next, it turns out she might be pregnant (He is black after all; he can't help...
Hanah's Gift horror movie poster
Hanah's Gift is an ambitious little film that pits a pair of age-old mortal enemies once more at each other's throat: angry black women and mute, autistic Hispanic girls. Yes, it's that tired formula AGAIN. Hanah (Alina Herrera) is an autistic six year old who doesn't speak and lives in...