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Sugar Hill (1974)

When her boyfriend is murdered by gangsters, Sugar Hill decides not to get mad, but BAD! She entreats voodoo queen Mama Maitresse to call on Baron Samedi, Lord of the Dead, for help with a ... See full summary »


Paul Maslansky


Tim Kelly




Cast overview, first billed only:
Marki Bey ... Diana 'Sugar' Hill
Robert Quarry ... Morgan
Don Pedro Colley ... Baron Samedi
Betty Anne Rees ... Celeste
Richard Lawson ... Valentine
Zara Cully ... Mama Maitresse
Charles Robinson ... Fabulous (as Charles P. Robinson)
Larry Don Johnson Larry Don Johnson ... Langston (as Larry D. Johnson)
Rick Hagood Rick Hagood ... Tank Watson
Ed Geldart Ed Geldart ... O'Brien
Albert J. Baker Albert J. Baker ... George
Raymond E. Simpson Raymond E. Simpson ... King (as Raymond E. Simpson III)
Truman C. Carroll Truman C. Carroll ... Baker (as Thomas C. Carroll)
'Big Walter' Price 'Big Walter' Price ... Preacher (as Big Walter Price)
Charles Krohn Charles Krohn ... Captain Merrill


When her boyfriend is murdered by gangsters, Sugar Hill decides not to get mad, but BAD! She entreats voodoo queen Mama Maitresse to call on Baron Samedi, Lord of the Dead, for help with a gruesome revenge. In exchange for Sugar's soul, the Dark Master raises up a zombie army to do her bidding. The bad guys who think they got away clean are about to find out that they're DEAD wrong. Written by Christopher Chase <cchase@onebox.com>

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She's sweet as sugar... with a voodoo army of the undead! See more »


Action | Crime | Horror


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Did You Know?


The "Voodoo Museum and Research History" building is in fact, the Heights Branch of the Houston Public Library - the building was constructed in 1925. In real life, the building is a registered historical landmark in the State of Texas. See more »


When Sugar is doing her photo shoot, we hear the sound of an auto-winder, but her camera does not have an auto-winder. See more »


Celeste: Don't you get uppity with me!
Diana 'Sugar' Hill: Uppity? With you? My dear, talking to you means I look nowhere but DOWN!
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Referenced in Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Supernatural Voodoo Woman
Written by Dino Fekaris & Nick Zesses
Sung by The Originals
Available on Motown Records
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A Fun AIP Flick
21 September 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

When her boyfriend is brutally murdered, after refusing to be shaken down by the local gangsters running their protection racket, Sugar Hill (Marki Bey), decides to call upon the help of aged voodoo queen Mama Maitresse; Sugar entreats her to call upon Baron Zamedi, the Lord of the Dead, for help in gaining a gruesome revenge.

Whether or not this is a blaxploitation horror film, I have no idea. There is definitely a theme of the black heroine (a poor man's Pam Grier) taking on white crooks. And the police detective has a pretty impressive fro going on. But the line between blaxploitation and a film that just happens to have black stars is a blurry one in the 1970s...

What I do know is that this is a fun picture from Sam Arkoff and AIP. Not particularly scary and never taking itself too seriously, we get about half a dozen people attacked (one at a time) by a zombie horde. And these are real zombies -- the voodoo kind -- not those flesh-eating zombies that have taken over the horror world today.

Not the best film, not the worst, but definitely one that probably gets overlooked too often and is worth a peek for those who are into the voodoo zombies and already saw the bigger name films like "White Zombie" or "Serpent and the Rainbow". I get the impression that this film was an influence on Adam Green's "Hatchet" series, though that may just be my imagination.

Interestingly, despite being made after George Romero's "Night of the Living Dead", this film finds its roots more in the racially-inspired zombies of the 1940s and 1950s. Namely "King of the Zombies" (1941), "I Walked With a Zombie" (1943) and "Zombies of Mora Tau" (1957).

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February 1974 (USA) See more »

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Houston, Texas, USA


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