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Def by Temptation

Writer/producer/director James Bond III also stars in this innovative supernatural thriller as Joel, a divinity student from rural North Carolina who has a serious crisis of faith and travels to New York to seek the advice of his friend, aspiring actor K (Kadeem Hardison). In an effort to loosen up his conservative companion, K gives him a taste of New York nightlife -- personified by an alluring club vamp with the less-than-subtle name of Temptation (Cynthia Bond). Although her true nature as a soul-stealing succubus is more than obvious to the audience (particularly after several scenes of unsuspecting wannabe players torn limb-from-limb), Temptation nevertheless ensnares naïve, innocent Joel in her devilish spell, prompting K to investigate the woman's background with a little help from a detective (Bill Nunn) determined to connect her with several murders. Bond's intelligent morality play is a step above simple homage to horror and blaxploitation genres of the '70s, avoiding many of those films' stereotypes to present three-dimensional characters and realistic dialogue. The vibrant, color-rich cinematography is the work of frequent Spike Lee collaborator Ernest R. Dickerson.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/1998
UPC: 0790357980031
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Troma
Region Code: 1

Special Features

Introduction to Def by Temptation by Lloyd Kaufman, president of Troma and creator of The Toxic Avenger; Commentary by Fangoria managing editor Michael Gold; Commentary by VideoHound author Mike Mayo; Troma intelligence test; Production stills; Original theatrical trailer for Def by Temptation as well as other Troma favorites; Links to the Troma web site; Scenes from the Tromaville Cafe TV show

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Bond Joel
Kadeem Hardison "K"
Bill Nunn Dougy
Cynthia Bond Temptress
Minnie Gentry Grandma
Najee Actor
John Canada Terrell Actor
Samuel L. Jackson Minister Garth
Rony Clanton Married Man
Guy Davis Bartender #2
Freddie Jackson Himself
Melba Moore Madam Sonya
Ellis Williams Demon Limo Driver
Michael Michele Lady #6

Technical Credits
James Bond Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Rob Benevides Makeup Special Effects
David Carrington Production Designer
Ernest R. Dickerson Cinematographer
Nelson George Executive Producer
Kevin Harewood Executive Producer
Charles Huggins Executive Producer
Marc Henry Johnson Art Director
Paul Laurence Score Composer
Hajna O. Moss Co-producer
Brian O'Hara Editor
Kervin Simms Co-producer
Li Shin Yu Editor

Scene Index

Side #1
0. Creature Presentation
1. Chapter 1 [9:56]
2. Chapter 2 [13:34]
3. Chapter 3 [8:05]
4. Chapter 4 [9:46]
5. Chapter 5 [11:43]
6. Chapter 6 [9:09]
7. Chapter 7 [15:50]
8. Chapter 8 [3:23]
9. Chapter 9 [9:35]

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