Sugar Hill is a 1974 blaxploitation-horror film written by Tim Kelly and directed by Paul Maslansky.
Sugar Hill is a film about revenge – a woman (played by Marki Bey) seeks revenge on a gang that killed her boyfriend, and she turns to voodoo in order to summon zombies to do her bidding. Unlike many of the blaxploitation/horror films of the time, Sugar Hill isn’t packed full of nudity and blood and guts.
The soundtrack features one main song as the prominent theme in the film – ‘Supernatural Voodoo Woman’ by The Originals.
The Originals were a Motown signed group that initially found some success in the late 1960s by working as backing singers to more established and popular acts like Jimmy Ruffin and Stevie Wonder. The Originals had their greatest success under the guidance of Marvin Gaye who helped them write (and produced) two of the group’s biggest singles, “Baby, I’m for Real”, and “The Bells”.
Anyway, ‘Sugar Hill’ is a great little film, a nice within a niche (zombie blaxploitation) and what it lacks in creepiness and traditional horror, it more than makes up for with style, eberny, and a great title theme.
Listen to ‘Supernatural Voodoo Woman’ by The Originals, from ‘Sugar Hill‘ below: