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
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 26% 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 86% 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 21% 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
1/5 20% Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) I'd barely even call Resident Evil: Apocalypse a horror movie; it's more like an action film made for 8 year-olds with A.D.D. that happens to have some zombies. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.8/5 19% Primeval (2007) It's this sort of social insight that elevates Primeval above typical marauding animal fare. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 20% Saw IV (2007) Saw IV has a nice twist ending - actually three twists in one - and might be the best of the sequels. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.7/5 No Score Yet Minotaur (2006) All in all, it's above-average straight-to-video/SyFy fare with nice special effects. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 No Score Yet The Promise Keeper (2006) The Promise Keeper isn't perfect - the acting is a bit uneven and the budgetary constraints are evident at times - but there's a sense of class, intelligence and an emotional core that's rare in horror movies today. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.2/5 No Score Yet Kracker Jack'd (2003) Kracker Jack'd is low-class endeavor with the comedic touch of a sledgehammer. It's not low-brow humor; it's no-brow humor. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.5/5 40% The Sand (Blood Sand) (2015) [An] otherwise SyFy-level fare with dated Sci Fi Channel-level computer graphics. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.2/5 No Score Yet Prom Ride (2015) Prom Ride is basically a poor man's Saw on wheels, with mental torture replacing physical. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 57% Big Foot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012) What it lacks in scares, it makes up for in sheer competence - which frankly is more than can be said about a lot of its ilk. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.7/5 33% Chain Letter (2010) Sure, it's an increasingly silly, nonsensical film... but with plentiful gore and brutal kills, Chain Letter is no less entertaining than a movie like See No Evil. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.8/5 No Score Yet Teeth And Blood (2015) With its ho-hum content, though, Teeth and Blood is less Rush Hour than it is Senior Citizens Driving on a Lazy Sunday Afternoon. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.7/5 33% The Final Project (2016) [T]he movie itself is par for the course of lame found footage horror, a lukewarm rehash whose poor video quality and flat, erratic characters pale in comparison to how painfully unscary it is. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 No Score Yet Apartment 4E (2012) Look, it's a fine movie, and Nicole Beharie... is excellent as Piper. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.7/5 No Score Yet The Inheritance (2011) The cast is strong, there are some occasionally striking visuals (in particular, a hanged slave pulling himself out of the noose) and the African mythology is one not often explored in horror films. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/5 No Score Yet Immortal Kiss: Queen Of The Night (2012) Frankly, the scariest thing about Immortal Kiss is that someone actually received a writing credit for it. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.7/5 No Score Yet Zoombies (2016) As far as SyFy-level rampaging animal movies go, Zoombies is more entertaining than most. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.3/5 No Score Yet The Night Seekers (2014) It's so inept as a movie, it has to be considered something else - most likely a felony of some sort. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.2/5 No Score Yet The Ghost of Saint Aubin (2012) The Ghost of Saint Aubin is a wonderful, thoughtful achievement within the so-called urban horror realm, whose standards have unfortunately been set pretty low. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.2/5 No Score Yet Initiation (2016) It's a simple plot with nothing particularly original, but it works in part because of its humanity. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.3/5 57% Unsullied (2015) Hardcore exploitation fans might find Unsullied a bit toothless, and the ending is clunky, but on the whole, it's engaging, fast-paced entertainment that refreshingly doesn't stick to tired genre norms. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.8/5 No Score Yet My Boo (2013) My Boo can be deemed enjoyable only on a "so bad it's good" level, as it suffers from the typical shortcomings of micro-budget fare. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.3/5 No Score Yet Scary or Die (2012) The two most powerful segments in Scary or Die, "Clowned" and "Lover Come Back" propel it beyond typical direct-to-video horror fluff with poignancy, depth and a real sense of drama. - Black Horror Movies EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2020