Saturday, December 4, 2021

Movie Reviews

Reviews of primarily American movies featuring actors and actresses of Black / African-American descent in the horror-movie, slasher, gore, supernatural and related spooky film genres.

Black Box
Buried within an avalanche of horror offerings featuring black folks during the Halloween 2020 season (including Antebellum, Bad Hair, His House, Spell, Vampires vs. the Bronx, Don’t Look Back, Synchronic and Kindred, plus family offerings The Witches and A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting and the ubiquitous TV series...
The Recall
There comes a point when the careers of most action movie stars take a downturn, relegating them to direct-to-video drivel struggling to recapture even a fraction of their former glory, but in the case of Wesley Snipes, it feels more depressing because he can actually act. He didn't HAVE...
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors movie poster
Doctor Terror's House of Horrors, or as I like to call it, Dr. T's House of Hoes, is a fairly standard British horror anthology featuring Brit ho mainstays Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee (and a very young -- yet still very creepy -- Donald Sutherland). Cushing, sporting some of...
Wasteland horror movie
With its scenes of a lone black man sifting through the ruins of a zombie apocalypse while he flashes back to memories of life before the outbreak, Wasteland could be described as a British I Am Legend -- give or take $150 million in budget. Shameer Seepersand is the poor...
Eloise
Eloise is pretty standard ghosts-of-mental-patients-and-staff-haunting-an-abandoned-asylum fare, but for the purposes of this site, it stands out for the role of Dell (Brandon T. Jackson), a character that's such a crudely drawn throwback, he should've been thrown away before filming began. Dell single-handedly embodies at least four tired black horror...
Resident Evil: Apocalypse movie poster
Even without Mike Epps, this sequel would be a steaming turd. With him, it's a steaming turd with minor historical value in that the role of L.J. (Epps) epitomizes the evolution of the "spook" stereotype. Popularized by the likes of Mantan Moreland and Willie Best, the spook has taken...
The Transfiguration
It remains to be seen whether the success of Get Out propels us into a Golden Age of black horror movies -- or at least, black folks appearing in horror movies -- but if it does, one film that might not initially garner much attention but might in hindsight...
Scream Bloody Murder horror movie poster
This twisted little flick is often neglected in retrospectives of the slasher sub-genre, but it's a great early example of the style that doesn't get bogged down trying to decipher why Matthew (Fred Holbert) kills -- as Chris Rock once said, "Whatever happened to 'crazy'?" -- instead, letting his...
Bats horror movie
I know that Leon isn't exactly Sidney Poitier ("They call me Mister...um, er, well, Leon it is."), but even he is above the demeaning role of Jimmy in Bats. (Then again, his abhorrent role in Cliffhanger featured him threatening to rape the white "bitch" heroine.) I mean, modern "spook"...
Demons horror movie poster
One of the most energetic, entertaining and Hollywood-friendly films of the '70s/'80s Italian horror Renaissance, Demons is also one of the few to feature major black roles, in this case a pimp (Bobby Rhodes) and a hooker (the redundantly named Geretta Geretta). How refreshing! It's good to know that...