Blacula/Scream, Blacula Scream. There were variations on Dracula, Frankenstein, and Werewolves but The Blacula duo was the best of the bunch. The casting was good the stories made sense and they didn’t degrade Black people. I would love to see a remake of these bad boys!
Abby/J.D.’s Revenge. Both of these movies are about good people being possessed by spirits. Although they had great casting they were in some ways weak. William Marshall tried to uplift Abby by adding elements of African spirituality into the story. J.D.’s Revenge was horror story with a moral.
Sugar Hill. Before they were borged, zombies were an African diasporic storyline. Most of the time they featured a voodoo priest or in this case priestess that controlled them for a purpose that could be good or bad. In this case it was a priestess to strike back at the criminals that killed her man.
Dr. Black and Mr. Hyde. This variation on the Robert Louis Stevenson story had a sympathetic lead that was trying to find a cure for a liver disease and volunteers to work in a Free Clinic. This movie was directed by William Crain who also directed Blacula.
Son of Ingagi. This is the first ‘monster’ movie to feature an all Black cast. That means that the hero was Black and not running around with bus eyes saying feet don’t fail me now. It was written by Spencer Williams who went on to be a leader in producing what was known as “race movies”.
Cosmic Slop. Like a P-Funk Twilight Zone because the stories were introduced by George Clinton’s floating head. Although that was a bit corny the stories were pertinent. The main problem was that it was sometimes as subtle as a hammer – but the stories were only about 30 minutes so that’s excusable. This was a Hudlin Brothers work.
Tales from the Hood. This is an anthology of horror that weaves the supernatural with political realities which adds to the strengths of this movie. It features racist cops versus zombies and gang bangers versus mad scientists!? This was produced by Spike’s 40 Acres and A Mule and directed by Rusty Cundieff.
Def by Temptation. An underrated movie directed by James Bond III that featured Kareem Hardison from A Different World; Bill Nunn from a number of Spike Lee joints, and Samuel L. Jackson it is about an urban succubus. It strikes a balance of fright and comedy it is another horror story that deals with gender issues.
Thriller. Hey this music video was better than a hundred so called movies. It had great effects a decent story and the most unexpected rapper of all time.
Blade. It can be argued that there wouldn’t have been The Avengers, X-Men, or Spiderman franchise without Blade. The Blade series was better than Daredevil/Electra, Ghost Rider, and The Funky Four. The success of first movie led to a Guillermo Del Toro directed sequel which was the best of the series. Unfortunately, the third movie was just plain Green Lantern bad.
Ganja and Hess. It has great acting by Duane Jones and Marlene Clark. A very slow moving blaxplotation crossed with an art house type of a vampire movie. You have to sit and watch this one Hess becomes a vampire after being stabbed by his assistant with an infected dagger. This movie is much more than a ‘monster movie’ and if you see it make sure you catch the director’s cut. It is one of the heaviest vampire movies you will ever see.