31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 12: Def by Temptation


Day 12: Def by Temptation (1990)

Why I love it:

  • It’s a low-budget, black horror b-movie that is actually pretty good if you give it a chance.
  • The theme centers on the Shakespearean saying “The devil hath the power to take on a pleasing shape” where a vampire/succubus-like demon disguised as a seductress hangs out at a singles bar to prey on unsuspecting male victims.
  • The demon disguised as a woman seeks out her main victim, played by writer, director and producer of the film, James Bond, III (School Daze, The Fish Who Saved Pittsburgh). He is a geeky, do-gooder, man of the cloth just trying to follow in his father’s footsteps as leader of a congregation.
  • Samuel L. Jackson and Kadeem Hardison (A Different World) star in the film. Kadeem Hardison does a very good job with his supporting role and he contributes to a lot of the comedic elements.
  • It’s actually pretty scary–especially if you grew up with a religious background.
  • It’s not just scary, but also funny–especially if you remember the late 80’s, early 90’s.
  • This movie keeps your attention. There really are no dull moments.
  • The clever dialogue that takes place such as this little number:  “Bitch, what the hell is wrong wit-chu? How am I going to explain this to my wife?” says one of her victims after noticing the scratches on his body. The seductress replies saying, “Honey, I’ve given you something there’s no cure for.” 
  • A psychic medium is featured, played by singer, Melba Moore. She ends up channeling the demon when the protagonists go to her for guidance.
  • Singer Freddie Jackson makes a cameo appearance as a lounge singer.



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