Killjoy (2000)

KILLJDVD_killjoyDirector:

Craig Ross Jr.

Writer:

Carl Washington

Cast:

Angel Vargas – Killjoy
Vera Yell – Jada
Lee Marks – Jamal
Dee Dee Austin – Monique
Jamal Grimes – Micheal
Corey Hampton – T-Bone
Rani Goulant – Baby Boy
Napiera Groves – Kahara
 

I really have no clue where to start with this movie. I got it in a set with most of the Puppet Master series so I figured since I already owned the film I should watch it. Now this opened me to a whole new sub genre of film; in most horror films the black guy always seems to die first and that does happen in this film but the entire cast is black. Normally not a big deal in films except that it doesn’t normally happen in horror films so there is some potential to be a breath of fresh air. Apparently, this is what is known as a “blaxploitation” film and if you don’t know what that is…

“Blaxploitation or blacksploitation is a film genre that emerged in the United States in the 1970s. It is considered an ethnic subgenre of the general category of exploitation films. Blaxploitation films were originally made specifically for an urban black audience, although the genre’s audience appeal soon broadened across racial and ethnic lines. The term itself is a portmanteau of the words “black” and “exploitation,” following upon the briefly-common usage “sexploitation” for porn-inflected films, and was coined in the early 1970s by the Los Angeles National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) head, and ex-film publicist Junius Griffin. Blaxploitation films were the first to regularly feature soundtracks of funk and soul music as well as primarily black casts.[1] Variety credited Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song, released in 1971, with the invention of the blaxploitation genre while others argue that the Hollywood-financed film Shaft, also released in 1971, is closer to being a blaxploitation piece and thus is more likely to have begun the trend.”

Now I’ve seen movies in this genre before and never thought anything about it but this film makes it so a tall white guy watching feels a little more uncomfortable than any other one’s I’ve watched. For example I have no problem saying that I enjoyed “Shaft” but I had some issues watching this movie and would have been completely embarrassed if I had people I knew had come up to me while I was watching this. The story bad enough to create some embarrassment for me (considering my love of Stephen King, Clive Barker and Scott Sigler), after a bullied teen die the doll that he was casting a spell on comes to life to kill off the gangsters who killed him. Michael, the bullied guy, died because he liked Jada who at the time was dating Lorenzo. He gets pissed and starts to torture Michael and thus we have our story. I didn’t believe for one second that Jada and Lorenze were dating, the characters didn’t seem like they would ever really interact but that seemed on par with most of the characters besides Lorenzo and his two stooges.

Killjoy himself was so annoying, I really couldn’t stand the performance at all. The rest of the acting was bad to the point where I was constantly cringing when yet another line would be said which came off flat and lifeless but Killjoy was like nails on a chalkboard. I have read a couple of reviews that said the only enjoyable part of the movie was that character to them and I think the film caused their IQ to drop significantly because it was awful.

The soundtrack was entirely rap music, if you are someone who hates rap you will hate the music but then again I have no clue why you are watching this movie considering the sub-genre. The camera quality is about on par with the level of acting and the skill of the musicians used for the soundtrack. Set design was nonexistent as well as any artist vision from the director. With everything that is bad in this movie is there anything that I liked?

Frankly no, the movie fell into a lot of trappings of bad movies including nudity used as a distraction so you forget how bad the plot and acting is. I have said to a lot of people that I wish that “Nightmare on Elm Street: had the balls to make a gay horror film and do it well… Now I will be saying that I wish people not only had the balls to make a good horror film with an all black cast but one that also strays away from the gangster stereotype.

Grade F

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