After three weeks of films with objectionable content (real-life kangaroo murder in Wake in Fright, an injured actress and problematic killer in Incident in a Ghostland and “consensual rape” in Perdita Durango), we did what might be our hardest pivot yet with last week’s episode on the 2002 live-action adaptation Scooby-Doo. Now it’s time to get a bit more serious with writer/director James Bond III‘s Troma classic Def By Temptation!
In the film, quiet divinity student Joel (James Bond III) starts to question his faith. So he leaves his hometown in North Carolina and heads to New York to visit his friend K (Kadeem Hardison), a struggling actor, who takes him out bar-hopping. They meet a gorgeous seductress (Cynthia Bond) who turns out to be a succubus, a demon spirit luring black lotharios to their deaths. When she sets her eyes on Joel, K turns to the help of Dougie (Bill Nunn), a drunken cop who specializes in supernatural investigations.
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Episode 182: Def By Temptation (1990)
Warm up Fistina and Palmette because we’re heading to NYC circa 1990 to discuss the sinister succubus at the center of James Bond III’s Troma classic Def By Temptation! Joining us for the conversation is DBT superfan (and Bloody Disgusting Podcast co-host) Zena Dixon!
Join us as we give a bit of a Troma primer (it’s our first Troma film!) before jumping into the film’s treatment of its queer character, as well as a discussion of the dreaded AIDS Mary urban legend. Oh, and all the praise for Kadeem Hardison’s K.
Plus, debating Joel’s effectiveness as a protagonist, Samuel L. Jackson(!), stockings vs. tights and the ultimate question: would you jump in them drawers?
Cross out Def By Temptation!
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