Wednesday, June 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.

Somebody Help Me horror movie
I guess You Got Stabbed would've been too obvious. You Got Served writer/director Chris Stokes and stars Marques Houston and Omari(on) Grandberry reunite for Somebody Help Me, a nice-looking but scatter-brained thriller that thankfully never degrades into hip-hop dance-offs. The best direct-to-video movies are the ones that aspired to be...
Now Eat the Movie Brotha Lynch Hung
Not to be confused with Now Eat the self-help guide, or Now Eat the college dissertation, Now Eat: The Movie is a showcase for Sacramento rapper (yes, Sacramento rapper) Brotha Lynch Hung, who gained fame in the '90s for his gangsta rap laced with graphic tales of cannibalism and...
Karma movie poster
A third generation of Van Peebles van peebles his way through this SyFy movie about the misdeeds of the past coming back to haunt you. Maybe this is the family’s penance for Jaws: The Revenge? Too soon? In truth, Karma isn’t Jaws IV-awful; it’s at worst SyFy mediocre. And...
Fear Itself horror TV show
Fear Itself was a poor man's Masters of Horror, with all of the talent but little of the bite of that Showtime program. And yet, it was still refreshing to see a weekly dose of horror on network television, so I was bummed when NBC pulled it after only...
Bloody Murder 2 horror movie poster
A decent yet otherwise undistinguishable low-budget Friday the 13th rip-off, Bloody Murder 2 does earn some distinction for a conversation between a stock black character named Elvis (Raymond Novarro Smith) and white gal Sophie (Amanda Magarian) regarding the conventions of horror movie deaths: Elvis: "Everybody knows black guys get it...
Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill horror movie poster
As straight-to-video zombie films go, Death Valley is one of them. But more than that, it stands out for having two major black characters and an interesting racial subplot involving zombie cowboy Bloody Bill: "The only thing he hated more than Yankees," explains one of the teenaged fodder, "was...
Black Santa's Revenge is a Blaxploitation-inspired short film that's as much an action thriller as it is horror, but given the dearth of Christmas horror movies starring black actors (I'll pause while you try to think of one), it's close enough for me. Horror icon Ken Foree stars as...
BloodRunners movie poster
With his cushy gig on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit clocking in at 17 years (!) and counting, you wouldn't think Ice-T would bother to venture out into low-budget, direct-to-video fare like this, but if there's anything Ice-T has taught us over the years, it's that he doesn't...
Friend of the World movie poster
Friend of the World is an odd, interesting little movie that defies easy categorization from the perspective of both genre -- combining horror, sci-fi, heady drama and even brief comedy -- and length -- clocking in at a short-film-with-feature-aspirations 50 minutes. Even its format is hard to pin down;...
Night of the Demons horror movie poster
Night of the Demons is a cult classic of the '80s, but its lone black character, "black guy" Rodger (Alvin Alexis), is a confounding conundrum wrapped in an enigma (Where my enigmas at?!?). On the one hand, he bucks the black death tradition that would seemingly have his name etched...