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      The Zombies of Sugar Hill

      PG 1974 1 hr. 23 min. Horror List
      63% 8 Reviews Tomatometer 48% 250+ Ratings Audience Score When nightclub owner Langston (Larry D. Johnson) refuses to sell out to local mob boss Morgan (Robert Quarry), he is beaten to death by a gang of hired thugs. His grief-stricken fiancee, Diana "Sugar" Hill (Marki Bey), vows revenge for his murder and turns to aged voodoo authority Mama Maitresse (Zara Cully). Together they conjure up the demonic spirit of Baron Samedi (Don Pedro Colley), who agrees to help Sugar. He raises an army of zombies and sets them upon Langston's killers. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Apr 02 Buy Now

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      Damian L It was good and a little scary Rated 3 out of 5 stars 09/12/23 Full Review Audience Member What a cool opening to a Blaxploitation pic - Supernatural Voodoo Woman by The Originals! Yes, I've got all the tropes -gangstas and gratuitous use of the 'n' word, but something more…. Zombies, oh yes! It's smart - The voodoo dance is a stage show, I've got a strong female lead, tight direction, an awareness of race, the voodoo expert is a white Englishman. Oh, the emergence of the zombies from the earth is awesome! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Totally rad and unique blaxploitation flick. Where a hot momma enlists the help of Baron Samdie, to raise up some zombies and enact revenge on the thugs that killed her man. It's a blast. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/04/19 Full Review delysid d this movie is so unique theres no other quite like it Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/11/18 Full Review Audience Member I watched this totally blind and it was like 10x better than I expected. I loved this - I loved the plot, I loved the art direction, I loved the costumes, I loved the concept... like hell yeah, get a hot woman to raise a zombie army of slaves to kill a buncha honkies. Amazingly satisfying ending too. Like is there plenty that's 'wrong' about this? Yeah duh, but I'm not here to overthink a movie about a woman named "Sugar Hill," like what more do you want from a blaxploitation movie. This being a revenge flick about her boyfriend was a great 'twist' - at least she didn't get assaulted herself. In fact I found this refreshingly non-sexist for the most part... at least in comparison to what it could have been. This shit was just fun. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Offbeat blaxploitation film from producer Samuel Z. Arkoff. There weren't too many blaxploitation horror films and most of them didn't really work, but this voodoo themed film works pretty well. The heroine of the film wants revenge for the murder of her boyfriend. She then seeks the help of Mama Maitresse (Zara Cully, who played Mama Jefferson on "The Jeffersons") to call on the Lord of the Dead, Baron Samedi, for help exacting her revenge. The Baron gives her an army of voodoo style zombies (not Romero zombie) to get those who killed her boyfriend. There are no real stars in the film outside of maybe Robert Quarry, who is best known for playing Count Yorga, and maybe Charles P. Robinson, who'd later be well known as Mac Robinson on NBC's Night Court (playing a character named Fabulous). The film was directed by Paul Maslansky, who'd later go on to produce all of the "Police Academy" films. But despite that weak pedigree, this film is actually fairly well made for a low budget AIP exploitation flick. Overall, this is a pretty cheaply made film, but it's surprisingly well done, even if the characters aren't developed all that well, the film did hold my interest. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Meagan Navarro Bloody Disgusting Sugar Hill is an eclectic mashup of subgenres. Oct 26, 2020 Full Review Justin Brown Medium Popcorn It was ridiculous, really stupid, but at least it moved very fast... Rated: 2/5 Oct 28, 2020 Full Review Brandon Collins Medium Popcorn I was pleasantly entertained...but it's absolutely terrible. At least her outfits looked cool... Rated: 2/5 Oct 28, 2020 Full Review Michael Barrett PopMatters The movie's as absurd as it sounds, mostly with blunt and foolish dialogue (and a couple of funny throwaways), but those zombies are damn good. Oct 26, 2020 Full Review Nathanael Hood Unseen Films Ninety-one minutes of blaxploitation catharsis. Rated: 6/10 Jun 5, 2020 Full Review Austin Trunick Under the Radar Zombie connoisseurs will enjoy seeing the monsters returned to their voodoo roots, but should come in expecting a film more goofy than gory. Rated: 6/10 Jun 22, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis When nightclub owner Langston (Larry D. Johnson) refuses to sell out to local mob boss Morgan (Robert Quarry), he is beaten to death by a gang of hired thugs. His grief-stricken fiancee, Diana "Sugar" Hill (Marki Bey), vows revenge for his murder and turns to aged voodoo authority Mama Maitresse (Zara Cully). Together they conjure up the demonic spirit of Baron Samedi (Don Pedro Colley), who agrees to help Sugar. He raises an army of zombies and sets them upon Langston's killers.
      Director
      Paul Maslansky
      Executive Producer
      Samuel Z. Arkoff
      Screenwriter
      Tim Kelly
      Production Co
      American International Pictures (AIP)
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 16, 2008
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