In thriller news, Beyonce Knowles and Idris Elba will star in a movie called Obsession, in which he's stalked by an "obsessed" temp (Ali Larter). Holy interracial cat fights, black man! Jungle Fever meets Fatal Attaction? Craptastic. Catch it in theaters April 24, 2009.
Here's an intriguing-looking micro-budget ($800!) supernatural action/horror film: Divinity: Mask of the Antichrist 2. (If you missed Mask of the Antichrist 1, you're probably not alone.) The plot, according to its blog: "A Vatican Intelligence agent runs afoul of an ancient and powerful military order during an investigation into the disappearance of a dead priest's body." I say anything with a priest in a trenchcoat brandishing a pair of handguns is worth a look.
The Unborn, opening January 9, features a pair of black characters, neither of whom inspire high hopes of survival. Meagan Good, who's becoming quite the fodder of late (Venom, One Missed Call, Saw V), appears as -- uh oh -- the heroine's best friend:
Idris Elba, fresh off of his stint dying in The Reaping, stars as -- oh no -- a priest...in a movie about a demonic ghost boy who no doubt eats priests for breakfast. As you can see, things don't look good for poor Idris:
The Flavor Flav-hosted anthology Nite Tales, finally has a release date: February 3, 2009. What's the over-under on how many times the phrase "YEEEAAAAHHH BOIIIIIII!!!!" is uttered? Also on board, in declining order of career track, are: Tony Todd, Gary Busey, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Sticky Fingaz, DeRay Davis, Joe Torry, Kel Mitchell, Ray J and Tyrin "You May Have Seen Me on the Side of a Milk Carton" Turner.
A black scream queen? Could it be? VH1's realtity show Scream Queens is down to its final three contestants, and lo and behold, Tanedra (below) is still in the running! Even more surprising, she's not cast as the resident bitch on the show (that would be Michelle). The winner gets a role in next year's Saw VI. The size of the role, of course, is at the studio's discretion. Go get 'em, Tanedra! I look forward to seeing you as "Dead Skank #3"! UPDATE: She won! Dynomite!
Add DMX to the list of rappers who've ventured into horror movies. He's headlining the upcoming direct-to-video "gem" Lockjaw: Rise of the Kulev Serpent, which features a Pumpkinhead-like plot about a man seeking revenge on a bunch of reckless kids who accidentally kill his wife. He uses a voodoo drawing tool to conjure a giant snake, and only DMX knows how to stop it! (Based on the pic below, it apparently involves a bazooka.) Expect to see the movie (or not) in early 2009.
One of the best modern black horror movies in recent memory, Holla, makes its TV debut this week on -- you guessed it -- BET on Wednesday, October 29, at 8:00 PM! (Disregard the fact that my shill-ish quote appears on the DVD cover; I did actually like it.)
Paul Odiase, who played the unlucky fellow seen below (left) in the 1979 Italian film The Big Alligator River dropped me a line to let me know what his name is (It's not clear from the credits who he is, and it's actually misspelled as well.) and to give some insight into his role and his life since then. It seems that he was a 22-year-old musician back then who'd left England for some gigs in Sri Lanka and happened to be there when the film crew was searching for some people to play natives. The rest is history! He says that the star of the movie, Barbara Bach, was very nice: "down to earth, polite and respectful." And hot! (Just my input.) Today, Paul is living in Switzerland with his wife and four kids (and no afro, see below right). Thanks for the update, Paul!
Here's a couple of fun lists:
Bloody-Disgusting.com has posted a few of the first pics from the upcoming Friday the 13th remake, and lo and behold, we have a black guy! Arlen Escarpeta plays one of the fun-lovin' teens who will no doubt find their way on the wrong end of a machette. Good luck, Arlen; it was nice knowing you!
Here's a new shot of Megan Good in the upcoming Saw V! Why is she in a tunnel? Is this some sort of sexual metaphor? Will she live? Will she die? Will her eyebrows ever move? These questions and more will be answered when Saw V hits screens on October 24.
The Movie Channel strikes again! Gangs of the Dead debuts this week on the channel on Saturday, August 30, at 9:00 PM ET/PT. If this keeps up, they'll have to rename it The Black Horror Channel.
Not horror related, but just wanted to say R.I.P. to Julius Carry, AKA Sho'Nuff, the Shogun of Harlem, who so epically dueled Bruce Leroy in The Last Dragon, surely one of the greatest movies of all time. (Kiss my Converse, AFI!)
Great news! Now, you can get both Somebody Help Me and April Fools in a double feature for one low price! Great news, that is, if you ever feel like gouging out your eyes.
Black actor Columbus Short, who's acted in the inauspicious trifecta of You Got Served, Stomp the Yard and Save the Last Dance 2, is gonna be in the upcoming POV zombie movie Quarantine, and judging from this still, things don't look too good for him. Steve Harris, of "The Practice" fame, is also featured, and since he's never had to krump in a major theatrical release, maybe he'll survive. We'll find out when Quarantine hits screens nationwide on October 10.
Wow, The Movie Channel is turning into black horror movie central! After Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror last week, this week brings Vegas Vampires, premiering on Monday, August 4, at 2:15 AM. Tune in. Or don't.
Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror premieres on The Movie Channel this Saturday, August 2, at 9:00 PM! It's not great, but it's also not costing you anything...well, beyond what you're already paying for the movie tier cable package (because Cinemax doesn't get good until 2 AM).
The Lost Boys has been integrated! Based on the pics below, it appears that the vampire gang in the upcoming direct-to-video sequel Lost Boys: The Tribe has a black dude in it! And he seems to be very happy. Judging from the credits, the actor must be Merwin Mondesir, whom you might remember getting killed in Bones. I'm guessing he doesn't fare any better here. We'll find out when Lost Boys: The Tribe (or maybe it should be Lost Boys: On the Blackhand Side) hits shelves July 29.
Hall of Fame
I know, I know, updates have been slow in coming, but there's a good reason for it: I've been writing some stuff for the folks at AAA Studios in Chicago, who are putting together what promises to be a unique TV viewing experience featuring a black Elvira-like horror hostess showing movies in a Mystery Science 3000-like theater populated by black patrons talking back to the screen. (Something I'm sure many of you can relate to.) The show is called Midnite Screams and will air in Chicago, although some of you fancy TV-watching types can pick it up across the nation on cable/satellite. Below is a pic of the host, Midnite -- not bad, eh? Hey, hey, eyes up top, mister. Also below is information for you filmmakers out there who want your film showcased on the show.
Also, check out this interesting article on South African Zulu horror movies. Thanks for the tip, Chris!
Female Slaves Revenge (AKA Apartheid Slave Women's Justice)
The Sci Fi Channel is bringing back Scare Tactics (like Candid Camera, but with more heart attacks)...with Tracy Morgan as the host??? I'm assuming it'll have a decidedly different tone than when Shannen Doherty hosted. It certainly can't be any scarier than Morgan's stand-up act. The new incarnation of Scare Tactics begins July 9, 2008, at 9:00 PST/EST.
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Details on the upcoming episodes of NBC's Fear Itself have been revealed, and one of them, "Something With Bite", is directed by Hall of Famer Ernest Dickerson and could be the very first black werewolf tale ever filmed -- certainly the first that I can think of. (Strange, you'd think with Blacula and Blackenstein, Werenegro would've been the next logical step.) The episode stars Wendell Pierce (pictured) as a veterinarian who's bitten by a strange animal brought into his clinic, causing him to go through a metamorphosis. No date yet on when that episode will air, but the show begins Thursday, June 5.
Turner Classic Movies is premiering the blaxploitation zombie movie Sugar Hill during its TCM Underground segment on Friday, May 23 at 11:00 PM! Outta sight!
Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood!
Great news! The Venture Brothers are coming back! New episodes of the best thing on Cartoon Network begin airing June 1 during their Adult Swim block. What does this have to do with black horror? Well, there's a recurring character on there named Jefferson Twilight who's sort of a mix of Blade and an aging Shaft by way of Samuel L. Jackson (see below). He's a "Blacula hunter," meaning he hunts only black vampires. It's a concept so hilarious, it almost doesn't matter if the material is funny. But luckily, it is. Check out clips here and here.
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Check the photo from BHM reader (and t-shirt wearer) Christopher Philippo, with a certain Tony Todd! If you wanna be on the cutting edge of fashion like Christopher, check out the Black Horror Movies line at CafePress.
Next week Friday, May 2, features a couple of black horror TV premieres:
Dead Heist @ 2:00 AM on Showtime, and Blacula @ 11:00 PM on Turner Classic Movies!
Well, Megan Good and her enormous...um, eyebrows...have been cast in the upcoming Saw V. Let's hope she fares better (and longer) than she did in One Missed Call. Or Venom. Who am I kidding? The question isn't if she'll die; it's when she'll die (and also how long she can continue to play a damn teenager). I'll wager somewhere around the 35-minute mark. Any takers?
Looks like Tony Todd's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is finally coming out, some two years after it was made. Image Entertainment has May 20 listed as the release date, and since they also have DVD cover art (see below), it looks like this might actually happen. One thing I can't figure out: is that Tony or Tracy Scoggins on the cover?
You've heard of the Ken doll; now, here's the Ben doll! That's right; it's Ben from Night of the Living Dead. In doll form! He even comes with a rifle! (No word on whether there's a removable bullet hole for his forehead.) It won't be available until June, but you can pre-order now at fearwerx.com. (It would be cool if they sold it in B&W, as they do with another figure, the cemetary zombie.)
In everything I do, I try to spread the message of Black Horror Movies. Check out my latest subversive shot at The Man: Interview With the Black Guy. Fight the power!
Barackula: The Musical
Fans of Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror rejoice! According to Variety, there's a new urban horror anthology on the horizon! This one's called Shady Talez...with a "z" of course. This one could potentially have a decent budget, given it's being produced for Paramount, although writer Dallas Jackson's previous scriptwriting experience amounts to one film: (wait for it...) Uncle P, starring Master P and Lil' Romeo. Could we have another Don't Be Scared on our hands? Shudder. Talez is being executive produced by the Violator management company/record label and will supposedly be tapping its talent pool to be featured in the film -- which means there's the potential it could feature rappers like 50 Cent, LL Cool J, P. Diddy, Missy Elliott, and Busta Rhymes...but don't count on it.
These new stills from Wesley Snipes' upcoming zombie western GallowWalker make it clear that we're not talkin' 'bout your pa's zombies. Many more shots are available at blog.zombiespirit.com, where you can also read some interesting behind-the-scenes info about the origin of the film and how it almost starred Chow Yun-Fat! Incidentally, IMDb now has the release date listed as 2009...grrr...
The Promise Keeper
BIG NEWS! Sorry the updates have been less frequent recently, but there's good reason: I've just started as the Horror/Suspense Guide for About.com, so now you can read twice as much of my jibber-jabber for the same price! (That being free.) Don't worry, I don't plan on it affecting my duties to BlackHorrorMovies.com, unless it leads to my becoming elected to some higher office. Anyway, go to horror.about.com to check it out, and spread the word!
Are You Scared
The Rape of the Vampire
Cursed Part 3
Now here's an interesting upcoming British urban horror movie with some freaky-looking doll, um, "thingees" (see below). It's called Wishbaby, and it's writtend/directed by Stephen W. Parsons, who wrote the theme song for Howling II -- easily the best part of the movie (listend to it here). It's low budget, but there's some talent involved -- including Tiana Benjamin from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -- so I'm optimistic. Check out the trailer at www.wishbaby.com.
Who knew that Geretta Geretta of Demons and Rats fame is now a director of art house drama? See for yourself. According to IMDb, she's actually written and directed a few films. Go 'head, girl!
It sems as if Darin Scott, the guy who co-wrote Tales From the Hood and The Offspring, is directing a new horror flick called Blood Boulevard. It's described as such:
Blood Boulevard follows the story of four strangers who are stranded together in a seemingly normal barbershop due to a terrible storm. As they ease into the barber’s chair, they realize that they are getting more than just a haircut. An eerie and omnipotent barber prepares to groom his customers and divulges their most horrifying secrets. With morbid violence, ghoulish horrors, grisly creatures, and out-of-body experiences, the men and the audience are in for sheer fright.
I have high -- er, mid-sized hopes that, given Scott's track record, he at least has a decent budget to work with. The artwork looks pretty good, I guess. We'll have plenty of time to ponder it, because the film's just in pre-production and might not get released until 2009.
The trailer for the upcoming remake of Prom Night has been released, and looks like there are three black major characters, including a gal who seems like she might not last long and a cop played by Idris Elba -- who you'd think would've learned his lesson after biting the dust in The Reaping last year. Oh well, judge for yourself.