Black Horror Movies

Black Horror Movies is not a Tomatometer-approved publication. Reviews from this publication only count toward the Tomatometer when written by the following Tomatometer-approved critic(s): Mark H. Harris
Rating Title/Year Author
3.2/5 Escape Room (2019) Mark H. Harris 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... EDIT
Posted Jan 30, 2020
2.5/5 Dying to Kill (2016) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.7/5 Writers Retreat (2015) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.8/5 Office Outbreak (2006) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2/5 Urban Cannibal Massacre (2013) Mark H. Harris Pretty much every protagonist here is a flat, dull horror cliché waiting to die. EDIT
Posted Jan 16, 2020
2.7/5 Slew Hampshire (2013) Mark H. Harris [A]ny potential for depth is drowned in self-consciously outrageous content and generally hazy portrayals. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
1.8/5 Coleville (2016) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 14, 2020
2.8/5 House of Wax (2005) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.5/5 The Cavern (2005) Mark H. Harris Writer/director Osunsanmi... creates an atmosphere that's cramped, murky and realistic, eschewing an overwrought Hollywood soundtrack. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.2/5 Bloodz vs. Wolvez (2006) Mark H. Harris It's basically an urban bastardization of Underworld. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.2/5 () Mark H. Harris The direction, story, make-up, and setting (an actual bank and not the assistant director's apartment) are all solid. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.3/5 Crazy as Hell (2002) Mark H. Harris [Michael] Beach's performance... carries the film, particularly in the powerhouse ending. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.5/5 Doll Graveyard (2005) Mark H. Harris Doll Graveyard's plot is pretty thin. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/5 Chop Shop (2003) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.3/5 Gold Digger Killer (2006) Mark H. Harris 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! EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1/5 () Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
0.7/5 Da Hip Hop Witch (2000) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
4/5 28 Days Later (2002) Mark H. Harris [G]ritty and truly frightening. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.8/5 Holla If You Hear Me (2006) Mark H. Harris Conceptually, Holla If I Kill You kills; in practice, it could hone its act a bit. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.8/5 The Horrible Dr. Bones (2000) Mark H. Harris I'll resist the urge to make a pun about how "horrible" this film is - although it is pretty bad. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.2/5 John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars (2001) Mark H. Harris Final score of the 2000-2001 movie season: Mars 3, Viewers 0. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.8/5 Bloody Murder 2 (2003) Mark H. Harris A decent yet otherwise undistinguishable low-budget Friday the 13th rip-off. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3.7/5 Frankenfish (2004) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.7/5 Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007) Mark H. Harris Despite all of this, Return to House on Haunted Hill does actually deliver the gory goods (for a DTV release, at least). EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.3/5 Nite Tales (2008) Mark H. Harris Ultimately, the movie is a lot like the DVD cover art: attractive but shallow and pointless. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2/5 Killjoy 2: Deliverance From Evil (2002) Mark H. Harris 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). EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.3/5 Urban Evil (2005) Mark H. Harris This is low-budget but fairly ambitious stuff with some decent acting. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.7/5 Street Tales of Terror (2004) Mark H. Harris Overall, the acting is weak, the gore is virtually nil and the stories, while not bad, are simple, predictable and not worth analogizing. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.8/5 Snake Island (2002) Mark H. Harris You're better off whacking something else than watching what Snake Island has to offer. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1/5 Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.8/5 Primeval (2007) Mark H. Harris It's this sort of social insight that elevates Primeval above typical marauding animal fare. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 Saw IV (2007) Mark H. Harris Saw IV has a nice twist ending - actually three twists in one - and might be the best of the sequels. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.7/5 Minotaur (2005) Mark H. Harris All in all, it's above-average straight-to-video/SyFy fare with nice special effects. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
3/5 () Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
1.2/5 () Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 10, 2020
2.5/5 The Sand (2015) Mark H. Harris [An] otherwise SyFy-level fare with dated Sci Fi Channel-level computer graphics. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.2/5 Prom Ride (2015) Mark H. Harris Prom Ride is basically a poor man's Saw on wheels, with mental torture replacing physical. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 Bigfoot: The Lost Coast Tapes (2012) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.7/5 Chain Letter (2010) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.8/5 Teeth and Blood (2015) Mark H. Harris With its ho-hum content, though, Teeth and Blood is less Rush Hour than it is Senior Citizens Driving on a Lazy Sunday Afternoon. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.7/5 The Final Project (2016) Mark H. Harris [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. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.5/5 Apartment 4E (2012) Mark H. Harris Look, it's a fine movie, and Nicole Beharie... is excellent as Piper. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.7/5 The Inheritance (2010) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.5/5 Immortal Kiss: Queen of the Night (2012) Mark H. Harris Frankly, the scariest thing about Immortal Kiss is that someone actually received a writing credit for it. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
2.7/5 Zoombies (2016) Mark H. Harris As far as SyFy-level rampaging animal movies go, Zoombies is more entertaining than most. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.3/5 The Night Seekers (2014) Mark H. Harris It's so inept as a movie, it has to be considered something else - most likely a felony of some sort. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.2/5 The Ghost of Saint Aubin (2012) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.2/5 Initiation (2016) Mark H. Harris It's a simple plot with nothing particularly original, but it works in part because of its humanity. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
3.3/5 Unsullied (2014) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020
1.8/5 My Boo (2013) Mark H. Harris 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. EDIT
Posted Jan 9, 2020