Monday, April 19, 2021

Tag: 2000s

Black Horror 101: A Brief History of African American Horror Cinema
  Black Is Boo-Tiful When Jordan Peeele’s Get Out became a breakout success in 2017, earning him the first Original Screenplay Oscar awarded to an African-American, "black horror movies" suddenly became the new hot property in Hollywood, with many people seeming to believe that this was an entirely new subset of...
The Crypt horror movie
On it surface, The Crypt is a fairly nondescript, low-budget horror movie about a group of grave robbers who run afoul of the ghosts of the dead folks they're robbing. But amidst the wooden acting, choppy editing and threadbare plot, there's actually something admirable to be found: two women...
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...
Damon horror movie
Damon is a decent little supernatural morality tale that aims a bit higher than many other shoestring-budgeted "urban" horror movies of the early 21st century (Vampiyaz, Zombiez, Bloodz vs. Wolvez, etc.) and manages to hit that very, very modest target. Yes, the bar is low, but there’s at least...
London Voodoo horror movie poster
Based on my viewing experience, I'd say that 98.63% of horror movies about voodoo are about the malevolent impact that voodoo has on white people, while the black practitioners of voodoo remain ancillary (and usually evil, or at least dangerous) characters. Case in point: London Voodoo, in which voodoo...
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...
Street Tales of Terror horror movie poster
This urban horror anthology doesn't open very promisingly, with characters with names like J-Dog delivering lines like, "Nigga, I know that you did not just call my bitch a bitch!" Luckily, the "tales" themselves aren't quite so stereotypically chicken-headed. Unluckily, they're still not all that good. The stories come...
Woods of Evil horror movie
It's been said time and time again that some movies are so bad, they're good. While "good" wouldn't be a word I'd associate with Woods of Evil (it is evil, after all), it's pretty entertaining in its low-budget ineptitude. From cliches like crazy old men warning of danger and...
Minotaur horror movie
I'm no expert on Greek mythology, but I've got to question the historical accuracy of casting Tony Todd as the king of Minos. Then again, given decades of seeing the likes of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor playing Antony and Cleopatra, erring on the other side of the racial...
While the original remake (oxymoron?) of House on Haunted Hill was notable for having a black hero (Taye Diggs), this direct-to-video sequel is notable for NOT having a black hero. It basically steps over the fact that Diggs' character survived the first film, instead focusing on Ali Larter's character,...