An evil succubus is preying on libidinous black men in New York, and all that stands in her way is a minister-in-training, an aspiring actor, and a cop that specializes in cases involving the supernatural.

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James Bond III ...
Joel
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'K'
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Dougy
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Minister Garth
Minnie Gentry ...
Grandma
Rony Clanton ...
Married Man
Steven Van Cleef ...
Jonathan
John Canada Terrell ...
Bartender #1
Guy Davis ...
Bartender #2
Cynthia Bond ...
Temptress
Najee ...
Himself
Freddie Jackson ...
Himself
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Madam Sonya
Z. Wright ...
Young Joel
Michael Rivera ...
Gay Guy
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An evil succubus is preying on libidinous black men in New York, and all that stands in her way is a minister-in-training, an aspiring actor, and a cop that specializes in cases involving the supernatural.

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11 May 1990 (USA)  »

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$2,218,579 (USA)
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Film debut of Michael Michele. See more »

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You can see the strings on the stockings when lady is magically putting them on her leg. See more »

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Temptress: Honey, I've given you something there's no cure for.
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References Dance or Die (1987) See more »

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Najee's Def Theme
Performed by Najee
Written by Najee & Fareed
Produced by Najee of Najee Productions & Fareed A. Haqq of Fah Productions
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Temptaion Road
3 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll admit I'm a fan of Troma films, it's true not ever film they made is good, like every fruit tree there are a lot of really bad apples, but there are also good ones and this is a good one and another under the radar gem.

This film like most films from "Troma" was done on a low budget but I felt it was done really well. I really like the use of the urban location and the night time glum which to me really gave the film a dark almost dangerous atmosphere. Even the use of lighting in some scenes, like most with the cross symbol. I even thing the special effects are really solid, from bits of gore but my favorite one is the eating Television which sort of reminded me of the TV scenes in the movie "Videodrome". Though it's true certain effects and production in some parts look a bit amateurish but in a good way sort of like the things I would see in the films from "Zombie Orphus Productions".

The film is really unique because of the fact that it's sort of a modern day blackpotation film which has been a lost practice. The suspense is solid, there were moments where it was really creepy or gave you a sense of doom. There is one scene which I thought was great but have a bit of a chill when you see K is a little upset at the Sucubus's playing dumb with him and then the camera pans back and then suddenly we see he is behind a wall mirror and it looks like he's talking to no one. At that moment I thought "oh, crap" because that officially proved she was a vampire and the characters were in mortal danger.

Though the film also is a bit lighthearted so it doesn't take itself too seriously, I really like the dialog in the film which to me is the films strong suit, the dialog mainly with both Kadeam Hardsen and Bill Nynn's characters I thing are great both have just some of the best lines.

I really like the protagonists mainly the two supporting ones whom to me really should of been the main leads which I'll admit is one of the weak points of the film for me. I really like Bill Nynn's character, he's a cop that on the side investigates the supernatural but is always a wannabe lady's man. Some of the things he just say I can't help but chuckle, my favorite one is when he describes the effects of the holy water.

K played well by Kadeem Hardeson is my favorite character. Sort of ironic Kadeem is in this film since he did another vampire film years after. Anyway, his character is an aspiring actor and he just loves to party. I really love the fact that he owns a real Uzi; only disappointment is that he never got to use it against the succubus which is another weak point of the film.

The vampire played well by Cynthia Bond whom is of course James Bond the thirds wife I thought was a solid villain. She's not really a vampire but a Sucubus whom are of course demons that seduce their victims before destroy them but since this demon drinks blood also she sort of counts. What I like is the deceptive nature of her, how she can act really nice and sweet but that of coruse is an act as you can tell when she turns face it's not in her to be nice and she has to try really hard to put the act on so she can get her way.

The soundtrack I think is great, this film to me has on of the best soundtracks ever in my book. I really love the end credit theme song "Face to Face" which is one of my favorite end themes.

The only bad things about the film are the main lead Joal, he's just kinda a weak protagonist. James Bond's performance I thought was decent but his character was just really two dimensional almost comes of a more of a caricature than a character. His character isn't broken he actually does has a pretty good arc I just think he should of been rounded out more to stand out.

It's also never really explained as to what the succubus gains from the death of Joal, does killing a representative of God gain her a certain amount of strength or something. I don't know I sort of wish that was explained.

Other than that everything else is fine.

The film is in a way a bit of a Christian film as there are some themes from resistance of temptation but also one on faith. That theme is mentioned at most times from flashbacks with the main protagonist's father (played well by one of my favorite actors Samuel L Jackson one of his first roles if you can believe that but hey we all have to start somewhere) and what his aunt says "Faith without words is death." and that's true, it's not enough just to simply believe you have to be willing to act upon that faith in order to maintain and strengthen it. The problem with the character Joal is that he lacks confidence which has made his faith waver a bit, but deep down he does have strength he just needs a way for it to be tested and recognized. The conflict against the succubus is one hell of a test.

If your a fan of Troma films this is one of the good ones (in my book) to give a watch to. But even if your not and your a fan of blackpotation or even vampire films then this film is worth a look.

Def by Temptation is a tempting offer worth taking.

Rating: 3 stars


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