Chauncey -Theater 1 Wed, Sep 14, 2022 10:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Late Shift at the Grindhouse
Film Info
Runtime:95 minutes
Director:James Bond III
Year Released:1990
Production Country:United States


Wednesday gets weird when Late Shift at the Grindhouse hosts Ross Meyer and Joe Derderian dig up low-budget b-movies, horror and gore-fests, and camp classics for your viewing pleasure. Buy your ticket and take a ride in our Time Machine! Punch in and earn a bonus! $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboys and $2 small popcorn! PLUS -- special custom trash trailer reel curated by Ross with cheap swag and prize giveaways!

Def by Temptation (1990)

Directed by James Bond III

At odds with his calling, a young divinity student comes to New York to sort out his future.  Little does he know what terrors await him; vampires, lust, and a sexy succubus, hell-bent on destruction.

"Hilarious and horrifying." - Jet Magazine

"Fresh! Def is definitely the work of a major director-in-progress.  A real discovery!" - Richard Harrington, The Washington Post

"Enjoyably low-rent and atmospheric, like a mix between Ganja and Hess and Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It." - Mark H. Harris, Black Horror Movies

Joel (James Bond III) grew up in the church but has started questioning his beliefs.  After sensing a supernatural presence from his deceased father, Joel becomes compelled to visit his cousin, K (Kadeem Hardison), in New York.  But shortly after arriving, he and K become embroiled in a series of unexplained homicides of local men, all of whom were last seen in the company of a mysterious and beautiful woman, who has now set her bloodthirsty sights on K...

The sole directorial effort from child actor James Bond III, who also wrote, produced, and starred, Def by Temptation is a macabre, neon tinged portrait of late 80s Brooklyn, blending supernatural horror and religious mysticism, punctuated by an electrifying hip hop and R&B soundtrack.  Featuring an early performance from Samuel L. Jackson alongside character actor Bill Nunn (Do the Right Thing) and exquisite visuals from one of the late 20th century's most gifted cinematographers, Ernest Dickerson (Juice).

Restoration courtesy of Troma and American Genre Film Archive

Plus a Something Weird short film!