Def by Temptation (1990) Movie Review

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Def by Temptation (1990)

1990 | R | Horror
95 minutes / 1h 35min

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Def by Temptation (1990) Review

Def by Temptation (1990) is a rated R 1h 35 min American independent cult horror film that was shot in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, New York, USA and Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Director, writer, actor, and producer James Bond III (School Daze (1988), The Sky Is Gray (1980), Go Tell It on the Mountain (1984)) did not do a great job executing this weak storyline. The movie contains sexual content; nudity, violence, blaxploitation, television image comes to life, vampire, television as a portal, telekinesis, psychic power, crucifix, a secret organization, kukri dagger and a surprise ending.


Def by Temptation revolves around Joel (James Bond III) and K (Kadeem Hardison - A Different World (1987-1993), White Men Can’t Jump (1992), Made of Honor (2008), Beyond: Two Souls (2013)) in New York City. Joel and K have been best friends since childhood, but Joel was raised by his religious grandmother after his parents died and K who also had a religious upbringing but decided to abandon it. Joel is now a minister in training who is disillusioned with Christianity in North Carolina, and K seeks to be a movie star in New York City.

Joel visits K in NYC resulting in a battle with a succubus known as Temptress (Cynthia Bond - Higher Education (1994), Higher Education (1994), Bakersfield P.D. (1993)) and K trying to save Joel from Temptress. Joel had flashbacks with Temptress in them showing that she was the cause of his parent’s car crash and their death. Temptress does not want anything more than to have Joel who is a man of God to fall into her seduction. Will Joel choose God or temptation? Will K be able to save Joel before it is all too late?

Def by Temptation had a small budget, but you cannot tell from the amazing job cinematographer, Ernest Dickerson gave us with his imaginative camera-work. I cannot say the same for the acting as the actors gave us below average performances which dampen the movie quite a bit. I do not recommend this movie to anyone because it was not an entertaining watch. It had many blemishes, mishaps, goofs, and plotholes.

  • Def by Temptation Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 3
  • Overall Score: 3.98
  • IMDB: 4.5

About Def by Temptation 1990

Title: Def by Temptation
Year: 1990
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Reviewer:
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 1.99/5 stars from 1,062 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 1,062
MPAA Rating: R
Def by Temptation Cast Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Kadeem Hardison, Ellis Williams, Rony Clanton, Beth Latty, Angela Stokes, Lahana Kameha, James Bond III, Minnie Gentry, Michael Michele, Robin Harmon, Steven Van Cleef, Starleana Young, John Canada Terrell, Guy Davis, Cynthia Bond, Najee, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, Z. Wright, Michael Rivera, Sundra Jean Williams
Def by Temptation Writers: NA
Def by Temptation Director: James Bond III
Production: Shapiro Glickenhaus
Language: English
Country: USA