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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Kadeem Hardison, Samuel L. Jackson and Bill Nunn all played together 2 years before in Spike Lee's "School Daze". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Joel: New York is wild - nothing seems normal - everything seems out of place.
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Connections

Referenced in Tromeo and Juliet (1996) See more »

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Fool
Performed by Paul Laurence
Written by Janice Dempsey, James McKinney, Darryl Dash, Lou Humphries
Produced by Paul Laurence for StoneJones Productions, Inc.
Co-Produced by DLA for StoneJones Productions, Inc.
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I enjoyed this film very much.
8 December 2012 | by robert-259-28954See all my reviews

I give this film high marks in spite of its limitations, which are primarily budgetary only. I thought the casting was perfect, particularly in Kadeem Hardison (who's career I had thought should have been, by rights, much larger), and Cynthia Bond, who's feature turn as the succubus was terrific—both terrifying and seductive at the same time. There were references to this film being firmly in the genre of "blackspoitation," but again, given the obviously low budget and other factors, I thought they did a bang up job with what they had to work with. Compared to say, "Vampire In Brooklyn," a big budget studio film starring Eddie Murphy, this little film succeeded in every important way, and in comparison fared so much better for all the reasons you watch a movie in the first place, two hours of solid entertainment. In this regard, I think the film succeeds quite well—funny, scary, hip and funky, with a strong undercurrent of the mystery of faith. I loved it.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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