This month, we’re highlighting some little known or completely forgotten Black horror films, thanks to the folks at the Department of Afro American Research, Arts, and Culture in Greensboro, North Carolina! Next up, 1974’s Sugar Hill!
Sugar Hill (1974) is a Black cult horror film that gives you all that goods for entertainment. The 1970s saw a surge in Black horror films, a genre that didn’t see many productions for decades. Like, many Black horror films during this era, the central theme for Sugar Hill was voodoo and zombies. The actors in this film are great, and I absolutely dig the theme song “Supernatural Voodoo Woman” by The Originals.
Director: Paul Maslansky
Writer: Tim Kelly
Starring Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Richard Lawson, Zara Cully, Charles Robinson, Betty Anne Rees, Larry Don Johnson, Rick Hagood
When her boyfriend is murdered by gangsters, Sugar Hill decides not to get mad, but BAD! She entreats voodoo queen Mama Maitresse to call on Baron Samedi, Lord of the Dead, for help with a gruesome revenge. In exchange for Sugar’s soul, the Dark Master raises a zombie army to do her bidding. Unfortunately, the bad guys who think they got away clean are about to find out that they’re DEAD wrong.
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