Monday, October 18, 2010

Bald Mountain Night 18: Def By Temptation

Each day in October, intrepid blogger Alex Boivin will watch a horror movie. These movies are all new to him and are part of his month-long effort to fill in his gaps in the horror canon. If he doesn't die from fright, you just might get to read about about his exploits in cinema during the Halloween season.

I was recommended Def By Temptation by a friend and fellow traveler down the road of horror cinema. What I first imagined to be a somewhat ironic descent into Tromatown U.S.A., I acutally walked away with a rather satisfying (though admittedly quite corny) movie under my belt.

Temptation's hero Joel is played by writer/director/producer James Bond III (presumably the son of James Bond Jr.) and is a young minister-in-training having a momentary crisis of faith, leading him to visit his aspiring actor friend K in Brooklyn. While staying with K, Joel meets a (unnamed) beautiful woman who attempts to lead him off his godly path and into...well, you can guess. As it turns out, the woman is a succubus and wants to get all black widow on him (which is to say mate with and then kill).

As I said, I was really expecting Def By Temptation to be worth a few laughs, and it does deliver those (Bill "Radio Raheem" Nunn shows up as an undercover monster hunter with an amazing library of bad/awesome pick-up lines and the 1990 production date shows in some hilarious jheri-curled ways, it seriously looks like something out of "Charlie Murphy's True Hollywood Stories"). I actually found myself being genuinely entertained most of the time! A scene that was straight-up ripped-off from James Woods' sticking his head in the TV in Videodrome was pretty cool and bloody.

It should be said though that a film about resist the temptations of Hell-borne succubi by being righteous and god-fearing, yet filled with sex and violence, comes across as a little hypocritical (looking at you, ICP!) and proves that those most likely to preach against fun stuff like the aforementioned bonin' and killin' are the ones secretly most likely to get off on it. Go figure.

But was it scary? There were a few visuals that were fear-inducing but at the end of the day this is far too much of a b-picture to disturb you. Plenty of fun though.

Final Verdict: 68 Congos