Sugar Hill (1974)
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as Diana "Sugar" Hill
as Baron Samedi
as Mama Maitresse
as Tank Watson
as Capt. Merrill
as Police Photographer
as Head Zombie
Critic Reviews for Sugar Hill
Zombie connoisseurs will enjoy seeing the monsters returned to their voodoo roots, but should come in expecting a film more goofy than gory.
Unlikely to scare anybody, but it's a haunted treasure chest's worth of 1970s style, slang and racial provocation. ('I hope they're into white trash,' quips the heroine, feeding a gangster to the hogs.)
Audience Reviews for Sugar Hill
When bad guys kill her man and try to scare her into submission, Sugar Hill doesn't waste any time in summoning Baron Samedi, the Voodoo Lord of the Dead, to aid her in her quest for revenge. He agrees - for a price - and allows her to make use of his zombie army. There's a lot to love here. The zombies are of the classic Haitian tradition rather than the modern type, and unlike most older zombie movies they still look fantastic with their dusty and strikingly bug-eyed appearance. Samedi is gleefully played by Don Pedro Colley in an award-worthy performance, truly a highlight of the film. From a story standpoint, SUGAR HILL has one fundamental flaw. Once Sugar takes control of the undead horde, she basically goes unchallenged as she exacts her revenge. But with a movie as unpretentiously fun as this, you may not mind.
I was surprised that a public television channel showed this lost Blaxploitation gem, for the film has never been officially released in DVD. Sugar Hill is a film about a woman named Sugar Hill seeking revenge on a group of thugs and a tycoon for murdering her boyfriend. She decides to enlist a voodoo man to raise the dead and attack the thugs one by one. Do I need to say more? The film was criticized by US Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Film and Broadcasting not because of the use of violence, nudity, sex, black magic, or racism in the film, but because they found the film inept. Yes, this flick is pretty inept especially with the sassy dialogue; special effects, direction, and the set, but I still enjoyed it
One of the best blaxplotation movies I've seen yet. When the white Mob kills a lover of the titular Sugar Hill, she does what any woman would do in her situation. Use Voodoo Zombies to extract her pulpy revenge. The only directorial effort by the producer of Raw Meat, Hard Times and ALL of the Police Academy films.
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