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.

Frogs horror movie poster
You'd be hard-pressed to find a less intimidating title for a horror movie than Frogs, but those who've witnessed Kermit's coke-fueled tirades first-hand know how scary these creatures can be. Frogs is set in an unnamed, Louisiana-esque swampy locale. Ray Milland, coupled with his role in The Thing with...
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...
Scream Blacula Scream horror movie poster
A decent follow-up to the original blaxploitation classic, Scream, Blacula, Scream finds Mamuwalde awakened by aspiring voodoo priest "Whatchoo Talkin' 'Bout" Willis (Richard Lawson) because, well, he' s an idiot. Mamuwalde proceeds to turn him into a vampire slave, and then Willis turns his girlfriend Denny (Lynne Moody) into...
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...
Gothika horror movie poster
Halle Berry is hot. And at one point in my life, that would've been enough. (I actually bought Swordfish for about 20 seconds' worth of boob.) But I'm more mature now, and my standards have risen...A minute of tit is the absolute minimum! By those standards, Gothika is a...
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...
Hospitality horror movie
Hospitality is an unusually literate, restrained horror movie that, although written and directed by a black man (Tony Ducret), doesn't fall into any easy stereotypes -- unless you think that black guys are articulate, marginally prissy and like to make snuff films. The movie has a great set-up: a spoiled,...
O Anjo da Noite (Angel of the Night)
*SPOILER ALERT* In order to fully discuss this movie, I'll need to reveal its major plot points. Sorry. Also: *IGNORANCE OF BRAZILIAN CINEMA ALERT* Sorry again. Although the late Walter Hugo Khouri was a highly acclaimed and accomplished Brazilian director, his movies are ponderously difficult to find; at last check, only...
28 Days Later horror movie poster
Those of you looking for a sequel to Sandra Bullock’s alcoholic drama 28 Days will probably be disappointed in 28 Days Later. The first clue that you have the wrong movie might be all the British accents. The second might be all the murders. The gritty and truly frightening...
Curse III horror movie poster
Curse III (not to be confused with Cursed Part 3) is sort of a precursor to Drag Me to Hell, minus all the humor and talent. Unrelated to the first two films in the Curse series, this one takes place in an unspecified East African country in 1950 --...