“What black family holds a family reunion in the middle of winter? Do they ski?”
“I don’t think so.”
“Will they barbecue?”
From that point on, I was sold. And shortly after that the white characters died. Written and directed by Robert O’Hara, this ancestral haunting stars Golden Brooks (Girlfriends, remember?), Rochelle Aytes, Keith David, Shawn Michael Howard, and Darrin Dewitt Henson. It’s a typical black family reunion movie…until, of course, the ghost of Chakabazz rises from the slave fields to slay the next generation.
I liked this movie. Think “Cabin in the Woods” but with black people. The elder family members lure their cousins into a remote house. Some of the cousins are there to beg them for money. Others are genuinely there to pay their respects. The stoned and hapless cousins find a drum and a cursed book in the living room. They chant what the book says, unwittingly unleashing the spirit of their slave-ancestor, Chakabazz into the house. However the elders are in on the haunting from the beginning, and actively help the spirit to murder their nieces and nephews. They believe that by sacrificing one generation, they will grant everlasting prosperity to the next. What starts as an innocent family gathering quickly turns into an amusing gore-fest. I don’t usually like slasher films, but this one was unique and reminded me very much of “The Skeleton Key.” The forest scenes are unsettling. Scariest highlights: when the elders write “the flesh is the strength!” on the windows in blood and dismember a person.
All in all I recommend this movie. It’s watchable and has an unconventional premise. I’d give it a B. Great to watch with family! Har har har…
Is it just me or is Hollywood desperate for movies about Satan’s minions?
Seriously, everytime my dad and I go to the movies there are three horror movie trailers playing back to back. At first it used to freak me out(you can thank Paranormal Activity for that) but now it’s just getting a little boring. The reason why I’m so bored with these movies is because they’re generally the same story.
It’s either one of these storylines: haunted house, cursed object, demonic possession, or “based on true events”.
Here’s a list of movies that are coming out this year:
First on the list is “Occulus”, the story about a sister and brother trying to prove that it was a cursed mirror that turned their father into a killer. As much as I like the idea of Amy Pond being off on her own solving a case of the killer mirror, I can’t help but think….WHERE’S RORY?!
This next one is called “The Quiet Ones”. This falls in the “Based Off a True Events” and demonic possession category. This is about a group of students who perform an experiment to prove that ghosts and demons are things we make up in our minds. This is supposed to be based off a true story but after reading this article this movie is very very very very far from the supposed true event. Thanks but I’ll pass.
The last movie I want to talk about is “Deliver Us From Evil”. This also falls into the “true events” and maybe hauntings category. This is based on the eye witness accounts of NYPD officer Ralph Sarchie as he battles evil. I might check out the book first before I watch this one, just so I have something to compare it to.
Same old same old. But If you’re into these kinds of movies then by all means check them out. Just remember that you’re probably watching something that’s predictable.
So I went to New Orleans for New Years Eve. It was a magical trip, with gothic cemeteries and cathedrals, public intoxication on Bourbon Street, and eccentric Voodoo shops and boutiques. I had a blast and visited many tourist attractions, which included the New Orleans Ghost Tour. Spoiler alert: I did not see any ghosts. But I did see the infamous Lalaurie Manson where Delphine LaLaurie slaughtered and tortured dozens of African slaves.
Those who watch American Horror Story are well-familiar with the Delphine’s historical bloodlust. When I stood outside that house I felt a terrible shiver. I wanted to get away from it as fast as I could. I didn’t feel an evil presence or anything like that, but as our tour guide spouted off all the gruesome events that happened there, I got more and more creeped out! The Lalaurie Mansion was the scariest part of the tour. I also visited the oldest and most haunted bar in America, Lafitte’s Bar. I heartily recommend the Hurricane: a pleasant cocktail made with fruit juice and rum. Very tasty! I got to sip on that while I walked through the French Quarter.
New Orleans is supposed to be a hot spot for vampires, ghosts, Voodoo, and other paranormal activity. I didn’t see any of that–but I think I did meet a white man who wanted to mug me! I knew he meant me harm, and yet I was very much attracted to his lazy, Louisiana drawl and the predatory glint in his eye. He said as we walked by, “Hey, can I have that bag?” But I knew he meant it, and had I been alone, he would have tried to take it. He might’ve been a vampire, I don’t know, haha! Anyway, I was disappointed by the weak selection of “magical items” in the Voodoo shops. Most of it just looked like fare for tourists, however I did buy a figure of St. Teresa de Avila. Mostly because she’s an important element in my novel. At any rate, the ghost tour was fun and I would recommend everyone try it at least once. Who knows…you might just snap a photo of a ghost!