Saturday, May 25, 2024

Tag: voodoo

The Horrible Doctor Bones horror movie
I'll resist the urge to make a pun about how "horrible" this film is -- although it is pretty bad. I hesitate to call the script a "script." It's more like two or three plot points jotted down on a napkin, padded out with musical numbers. That's right; I...
Black Moon horror movie poster
In the 1930s and 1940s, it seems like nothing scared white America like being outnumbered by Negroes. An endless stream of African jungle adventure films came out exploiting that fear, as did a number of voodoo tales -- Black Moon being one of the earliest. Unlike predecessor White Zombie...
Black Mamba horror movie poster
Compared to Night of the Cobra Woman, Black Mamba suffers the double whammy of being less serpent-centric and less booby-centric, making for the dullest movie I've seen featuring zombies, voodoo dolls, a hunchback, Satan, Manimal-like transmutations, bestiality, an exorcism and Death itself. The film opens with a hunchback doing...
Black Demons horror movie poster
Black Demons is a typical cheesy Italian zombie movie, although this one was filmed after that sub-genre had peaked. Made in 1991, the low budget and corny Euro-trash style make it feel 10 years older. There’s even use of the word "Negro" without a hint of shame or irony. The plot concerns...
The Believers horror movie poster
Ah, the '80s. How could anyone forget the wacky trends of the era: Izod shirts, Rubiks Cubes, ALF and, of course, voodoo. How fondly I recall Saturday nights with the family gathered around the campfire, Grandpa gutting a virgin, Aunt Martha leading the zombies in a three-part round of...
Alabama's Ghost movie poster
The film Alabama's Ghost defies classification. Is it horror? Is it comedy? Is it sci-fi? Is it a musical? Regardless of the genre, one thing's certain: there were copious amounts of LSD involved. The movie is perhaps best summed up by a line uttered by shady agent Otto Max...
Elliott Gould in Dead Men Don't Die movie poster
I had assumed that the classic mammy stereotype died sometime between the cancellation of Beulah in the 1950s and the re-design of Aunt Jemima's waffle mix in the '80s, but lo and behold, turns out she was alive and well as late as 1991. I should've known that Elliott...
The Devil's Daughter horror movie poster
The Devil's Daughter is an all-black melodramatic semi-remake of Ouanga with no devil and with daughters so bland the devil wouldn't want 'em anyway. The whispy-voiced Ida James stars as vapid heiress Sylvia Walton, who inherits a Jamaican plantation worked by "Jamaicans" without a hint of patois. Her half-sister...
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...
Frankenfish horror movie poster
Despite the campy title and movie poster, Frankenfish is actually a pretty straightforward horror film -- as straightforward as a movie about giant killer fish can be. It's refreshing to see a horror film with a largely black cast that doesn't revolve around the ghetto and in fact doesn't...