If you like revenge voodoo-zombie Blaxploitations, then, this is your flick! When a wealthy black club owner refuses to sell his his establishment to an evil white mobster, he is murdered by hired thugs. It’s now up to Dianna “Sugar” Hill to avenge his sudden demise; voodoo style! Sugar Hill begs local witchdoctor, Mama Maitresse, to summon Baron Samedi, the voodoo king. Baron Samedi grants Sugar Hill the use of his “army of the undead” to extract her revenge on the dudes that whacked her man. One by one, they are gruesomely exterminated. As the corpses begin to stack up, hot shit detective, Valentine is hot on the trail … or is it tail?! Ya’ see Valentine has a past with Sugar Hill back in the day& he’s hopping to get some more of that sweet sweeeet Sugar! As Valentine begins to piece together the supernatural elements of the case, Sugar Hill does what it takes to keep him just on the wrong page as her zombie force completes her vengeance.
I’m always amazed by how these massive black dudes in these movies allow themselves to be verbally & physically bullied by the scrawny “evil white man”. In real life they would simply beat the living shit outta these racist honkies! The only reason this happens in Blaxploitation films is to set them up as victims before it’s time for some whoop-ass payback! Gotta’ get the audience on your side cheering you along the way! I completely understand why people in this time period loved these films. Blaxploitation is fun fantasy & escapism when put up against social unrest & depression.
This film appears to take place in a Louisianan-type setting due to the access of dark-arts parishioners as well as bayous & alligators. It was actually filmed in its entirety in my hometown of Houston. I don’t really recognize any of the settings. This was 36 years ago? H-Town looks more like Hazzard County than the 4th largest city in the country. There’s less voodoo around these parts now-a-days….I hope!
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