Sunday, May 16, 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.

Hood Rat horror movie poster
I don't know the story behind this film's multiple titles, but I can almost guarantee that Tara was the original name until some meeting of brilliant minds decided it was more marketable to call it...HOOD RAT. I'm guessing if C.H.U.D. had a black cast, it would've been titled T.H.O.T....
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator movie poster
In this sci fi-action-horror classic, not only are there two black members (Carl Weathers and the perpetually sweaty Bill Duke) in Arnold Schwarzenegger's team sent to the Central American jungle to die -- er, I mean to rescue some kidnapped airmen -- but the alien Predator who wipes them...
King Kong (1933) horror movie poster
The prototypical "wilds of Africa" horror film (although Skull Island isn't supposed to be in Africa), King Kong features wild, black natives (led by chief Noble Johnson) jumping around and going "ooga booga," kidnapping white women, worshiping Kong and proceeding to get stepped on by the monster from aforementioned...
Son of Ingagi horror movie poster
Son of Ingagi is a somewhat stuffy all-black horror flick featuring somewhat stuffy newlywed couple Bob and Eleanor Lindsay (Alfred Grant and Daisy Bufford), who, besides having corny names and sleeping in separate beds, befriend lonely scientist Helen Jackson (Laura Bowman). As scientists tended to do in the 1940s,...
Party Day Massacre Stories
Party Day Massacre Stories is a movie in the same way that I would be a surgeon if I were to sneak into a hospital, steal some scrubs and haphazardly dig around a patient's chest cavity with a can opener. Yes, I'm technically performing an operation, but no one...
Apartment 4E movie
Seriously, who holds movie distributors responsible for the misleading nature of their posters and video cover art? I fully expect films to use their artwork to exaggerate how good/exciting/scary they are, but in the case of Apartment 4E, not only does this cover art depict events that don't happen...
King of the Zombies horror movie poster
King of the Zombies features Mantan Moreland in his typical horror role, the simple-minded, jittery spook: "Not me, y'all go on in there! I’m ain't goin' in dere!" The manservant of -- oh no! -- "Mr. Bill" (John Archer), he crash lands on a Caribbean island with his boss and...
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...
Chosen Survivors provides one of the earliest examples I've found of a "heroic death" by a black character in a horror movie. The phenomenon of black heroic death has served a purpose similar to that of the black "authority figure": it's a way for mainstream films to present more...
Midnight AKA The Backwoods Massacre horror movie poster
If, like me, you've ever lived in the rural southern United States, then Midnight may not strike you as a horror movie as much as a trip down memory lane. Written and directed by John A. Russo, co-writer of Night of the Living Dead, the film is basically backwoods...