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Def by Temptation (1990)

R | | Horror | 11 May 1990 (USA)
An evil succubus is preying on libidinous black men in New York City, and all that stands in her way is a minister-in-training, an aspiring actor, and a cop who specializes in cases involving the supernatural.

Director:

James Bond III

Writer:

James Bond III
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Bond III ... Joel
Kadeem Hardison ... 'K'
Bill Nunn ... Dougy
Samuel L. Jackson ... Minister Garth
Minnie Gentry Minnie Gentry ... Grandma
Rony Clanton Rony Clanton ... Married Man
Steven Van Cleef Steven Van Cleef ... Jonathan
John Canada Terrell John Canada Terrell ... Bartender #1
Guy Davis Guy Davis ... Bartender #2
Cynthia Bond Cynthia Bond ... Temptress
Najee ... Himself
Freddie Jackson Freddie Jackson ... Himself
Melba Moore ... Madam Sonya
Z. Wright Z. Wright ... Young Joel
Michael Rivera Michael Rivera ... Gay Guy
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Storyline

A gorgeous temptress who is a succubus in disguise is murdering African American men in New York City. It is up to Joel, a young man training to be a minister, his friend K who is an actor, and a cop who investigates supernatural activity to stop her. Written by charmardee-smith

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Taglines:

She's every man's dream... and your worst nightmare! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Troma

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Temptation See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,582, 13 May 1990

Gross USA:

$2,218,579

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,218,579
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Nunn (both graduates of Morehouse College in Atlanta) appeared in several movies together directed by fellow Morehouse alum Spike Lee. They include: "School Daze" (1988) "Do The Right Thing" (1989) "Mo Betta Blues" (1990) Bill would go on to appear in another Spike Lee joint, "He Got Game". See more »

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When Dougy is showing K the information on the computer, the word "Caucasian" is misspelled. See more »

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Another Below Average Black Exploitation Horror Film
8 June 2000 | by BlackaceSee all my reviews

The only reason I'm even putting any comments in for this film is because I just finished reading an interview of Samuel L Jackson and someone asked him if he was still in contact with Troma. Jackson quickly said, "Hell No!!" And I can understand why. Def by Temptation is an all black cast vampire movie starring the writer/director James Bond III, Kadeem Hardinson and Mr. Samuel L Jackson himself. It centers around a black vampire Tempest who is seducing black men and then killing them through sucking their blood. The special effects are gory and the story is pretty predictable. The acting is pretty bad, but in a funny kind of way. As a whole the movie is definitely a bit below average. It's about as good as Eddie Murphy's Vampire In Brooklyn, but funnier and scarier at times. Is it worth seeing? Sure, it's worth at least one rental if there is absolutely nothing else at Blockbuster that you want to see. Otherwise, drive a stake into this movie, cause it's dead.


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