Mark H. Harris

Mark H. Harris
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
Mark H. Harris is the creator of Black Horror Movies, a site dedicated to the portrayal of black characters in horror films. He has also written about film for entertainment sites like Vulture, About.com and PopMatters and is featured in the acclaimed documentary Horror Noire.
Critics' Group: Online Film Critics Society

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3.2/5 No Score Yet Night of the Strangler (1973) [The] ingenuity in crafting booby trap kills and cunning in manipulating his victims' dysfunctional family dynamics are worthy of genre-based respect. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 9, 2021
1.3/5 40% The Devil's Daughter (1939) 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. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 26, 2021
3/5 55% Don't Look Back (2020) Despite its shortcomings, Reddick manages to deliver an attractively shot product with impressive practical effects for such a modest budget. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
2.5/5 69% Kindred (2020) While it's a fascinating character study, Kindred is a limp thriller. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 4, 2020
2.5/5 60% Son of Ingagi (1940) While it avoids most of the cringe-worthy stereotypes of the more comedic horror films of the time, Son of Ingagi also lacks the energy and humor, leaving a dry husk of a story that feels longer than its 60-minute running time. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
2.5/5 40% Storage 24 (2013) Like a high-end SyFy movie, Storage 24 is eminently watchable but only sporadically enjoyable. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 25, 2020
5/5 100% His House (2020) Given the quality of the story, performances and direction, it would be hard to justify overlooking His House when the Oscars roll around. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
3/5 62% Bad Hair (2020) The script tries too hard in some areas but not hard enough in others, but on the whole, it's a refreshing genre take on intraracial politics -- like School Daze meets The Exorcist. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 6, 2020
4.5/5 70% Black Box (2020) Genre fans might find themselves a bit restless in the first half of the movie as it settles into its fantastic elements, but once the big reveal occurs midway through, the stakes are ratcheted up, and it's a tense ride until the end. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 29, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Tales From The Hood 3 (2020) It's less ambitious than Part 2 but more consistent. While I would welcome a fourth entry, let's hope it's not spurred by the further deterioration of the American socio-political climate. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 22, 2020
4/5 90% Vampires vs. The Bronx (2020) Vampires vs. the Bronx's well-executed humor, likable characters, stellar cast (including small but memorable roles by Method Man, Zoe Saldana and Chris Redd) and infectious energy are more than enough for a good time. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2020
3/5 89% Friend of the World (2020) Friend of the World is an odd, interesting little movie that defies easy categorization. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 2, 2020
2/5 30% Antebellum (2020) Supposedly, the story came from a dream that Bush had, and while the movie is well-meaning, it ultimately feels very much like a dream: visually striking, but shallow and nonsensical. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 24, 2020
1.8/5 17% Spawn (1997) I would say I feel bad for a cast that's clearly above this material, but at least they got paid for it; I ended up in the red. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2020
3/5 86% Color Out of Space (2020) Color Out of Space is relatively restrained (certainly, compared to Cage's recent cult hit Mandy) for a movie with such eccentric personnel... - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 20, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Clearing (2020) McIntyre is adept at delivering the goods in the action scenes, rendered in intense fashion by first-time director David Matalon. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 22, 2020
3/5 44% Body Cam (2020) In and of itself, Body Cam is a solid yet unspectacular genre film, but against the backdrop of real-life social injustice and unrest, it takes on new life, resonating with the urgency of its time. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 4, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Guardian Of Eden (2012) [It] is so toothless - whether by plan or by ineptitude - that it's hard to tell if it's even supposed to be a thriller. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted May 8, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet Karma (2018) ...you haven't historically seen many black families at the center of those types of stories, so in this instance, Karma is very much welcome. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 23, 2020
2.2/5 No Score Yet Fatima's Revenge (2018) Despite its shortcomings, Fatima's Revenge has something to say that's worth committing to film - which is more than can be said about a lot of micro-budget efforts. However, it needs more experienced hands to push it to its full potential. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 9, 2020
2.3/5 36% Trick (2019) There's potential here for a decent, coherent fright flick -but this unscary mess, whose twists are as predictable as they are illogical and unlikely, is not that movie. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 21, 2020
3.2/5 51% Escape Room (2019) It's little more than a less dreary reincarnation of the Saw formula, but Escape Room does it with enough skill and production value that it makes for a fun, quick-paced diversion... - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Dying to Kill (2016) In the end, Dying to Kill is like a decent standup set; it has a few nice moments where you might find yourself chuckle, but you probably won't remember it in the long run. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.7/5 No Score Yet Writers Retreat (2015) This old-fashioned whodunit premise provides some nostalgic entertainment, but it struggles to overcome the mundanity inherent in a plot that revolves around roundtable literary criticism. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.8/5 No Score Yet Office Outbreak (2006) It's a great premise with a fresh mix of horror and observational - at times absurdist - comedy that's rough around the edges due to its limited budget. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Urban Cannibal Massacre (2013) Pretty much every protagonist here is a flat, dull horror cliché waiting to die. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.7/5 No Score Yet American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire (2013) [A]ny potential for depth is drowned in self-consciously outrageous content and generally hazy portrayals. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
1.8/5 No Score Yet Coleville (2016) Coleville has an interesting premise... but ultimately, it's little more than a premise. Its ham-fisted execution feels like a blind shot in the dark at making a movie. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 14, 2020
2.8/5 27% House of Wax (2005) House of Wax is admirable as one of the few movies - and even fewer horror movies - to feature an interracial couple without mention of race. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Cavern (2006) Writer/director Osunsanmi... creates an atmosphere that's cramped, murky and realistic, eschewing an overwrought Hollywood soundtrack. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.2/5 No Score Yet Bloodz vs Wolvez (2006) It's basically an urban bastardization of Underworld. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.2/5 No Score Yet Dead Heist (2007) The direction, story, make-up, and setting (an actual bank and not the assistant director's apartment) are all solid. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.3/5 53% Crazy as Hell (2002) [Michael] Beach's performance... carries the film, particularly in the powerhouse ending. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Doll Graveyard (2005) Doll Graveyard's plot is pretty thin. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Chop Shop (2003) As mediocre as the revenge is, though, it's brilliant compared to what follows: a "twist ending" that makes no sense whatsoever and trivializes the rest of the film's supposed seriousness. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.3/5 No Score Yet Gold Digger Killer (2003) Granted, there are plenty of issues with the film... but GDK is still a solid low-rent film with a potent message: Wear a cup! - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1/5 No Score Yet The Black Witch Project (2002) It goes without saying that it exists solely to exploit the popularity of The Blair Witch Project, but it's so inept that it doesn't even parody that film. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
0.7/5 No Score Yet Da Hip Hop Witch (2000) Considering it was "written" (as it were), produced and directed by a white guy, I move to declare Da Hip Hop Witch officially a hate crime. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 87% 28 Days Later (2003) [G]ritty and truly frightening. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.8/5 No Score Yet Holla If I Kill Ya (2003) Conceptually, Holla If I Kill You kills; in practice, it could hone its act a bit. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.8/5 No Score Yet The Horrible Dr. Bones (2000) I'll resist the urge to make a pun about how "horrible" this film is - although it is pretty bad. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.2/5 23% John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) Final score of the 2000-2001 movie season: Mars 3, Viewers 0. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.8/5 No Score Yet Bloody Murder 2: Closing Camp (2003) A decent yet otherwise undistinguishable low-budget Friday the 13th rip-off. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.7/5 No Score Yet Frankenfish (2004) 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 really revolve around race at all. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.7/5 43% Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007) Despite all of this, Return to House on Haunted Hill does actually deliver the gory goods (for a DTV release, at least). - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.3/5 No Score Yet Nite Tales (2008) Ultimately, the movie is a lot like the DVD cover art: attractive but shallow and pointless. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/5 No Score Yet Killjoy 2: Deliverance from Evil (2002) Killjoy 2 signaled the start of a whitewashing trend in this franchise that would see each successive film feature less and less of a black presence (and more and more corny attempts at humor that fall flat). - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.3/5 No Score Yet Urban Evil (2006) This is low-budget but fairly ambitious stuff with some decent acting. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.7/5 No Score Yet Street Tales of Terror (2004) Overall, the acting is weak, the gore is virtually nil and the stories, while not bad, are simple, predictable and not worth analogizing. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.8/5 No Score Yet Snake Island (2002) You're better off whacking something else than watching what Snake Island has to offer. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020