Month: February 2019

Duality (The Hate U Give, 2018)

Starr and her family live in the poor part of town. But her mother pushed for sending Starr and her brother Seven to a prestigious (and mostly white) school. There Starr lives a very different life, downplaying any aspect of herself that might invite…

Urban Legends (The People Under the Stairs, 1991)

In 1988 Wes Craven explored Voodoo, but it was through the eyes of a white man in Haiti.  With the People Under the Stairs,  Craven looks at the plight of under privileged communities and the underlying causes of crime (poverty). There are rumors of…

Voodoo Salvation (Scream, Blacula, Scream, 1973)

Blacula was a straight forward vampire film. And it spawned a sequel.  Because if Dracula can keep coming back, why can’t Blacula??!! In this film, the embittered son of a voodoo priestess seeks revenge against the Voodoo Community names another member as her successor….

Blood Prince (Blacula, 1972)

The 70’s were a time of revolution in cinema. Directors were finding greater freedom in the stories they could tell and what they could put up on the screen for mainstream audiences.  Those years also saw the rise of blacksploitation films.  Blacula was one…

A Million To One (Get On the Bus, 1996)

Organized by Louis Farrakhan, the Million Man March was a march on Washington for black men. The purposed was a reclaiming of roles that some leaders felt had been taken from black men (both through institutional racism and by their own choices).  Farrakhan was…

Sugar and Spite (Alita Battle Angel, 2019)

Set 300 years after all but one “sky city” fell to the earth, Dr. Dyson Ido finds the remains of a cyborg with a still functional human brain. In this future, cybernetic are a part of life, there are many that have cybernetic limbs….

Voodoo Vengeance (Sugar Hill, 1974)

Diana’s beloved has been murdered…seeking revenge, she reached out to Mama Maitresse who calls forth the mystical Voodoo Priest Baron Samedi.  He raises an army of the undead, telling Diana to “put them to evil use…it is all the want!” The sole feature directed…