Kadeem Hardison stars as K and the director himself (James Bond III) plays Joel, the two friends at the centre of this splatter-packed morality tale, as two New Yorkers face off against a temptress demon with an unquenchable lust for blood.
A riotously entertaining, stylishly realised genre romp that was a hit for Troma in the early 1990s also stars Cynthia Bond as the alluring succubus, Samuel L. Jackson in an early-career role as Joel’s minister father.
Bolstered by a stunning R&B soundtrack, as the film hurls its micro-budget through bountiful smoke-machines, Joel and K find themselves caught between righteous faith and libidinous damnation.
Featuring actors who appeared together in Spike Lee’s film School Daze (1988) including the late, great Bill Nunn, and shot by regular Lee cinematographer and filmmaker Ernest Dickerson, Def by Temptation unspools in Brooklyn, with the connections running through this film’s (copiously spurting) blood capturing a snapshot of the New York Black filmmaking scene during the late 80s and early 90s.
A rare chance to see a true cult classic on the big screen.