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Def by Temptation (1990)

James Bond III , Kadeem Hardison , James Bond III  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Bond III, Kadeem Hardison, Bill Nunn, Samuel L. Jackson, Minnie Gentry
  • Directors: James Bond III
  • Writers: James Bond III
  • Producers: James Bond III, Charles Huggins, Hajna O. Moss, Kervin Simms, Kevin Harewood
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 1998
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630485241X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,469 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Def by Temptation" on IMDb

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  • Troma intelligence test
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  • Trailers for other Troma moives
  • Links to the Troma web site
  • Scenes from The Tromaville Cafe TV show
  • The Aroma du Troma

Editorial Reviews


"A potent horror fantasy." -- -The Los Angeles Times

"Genuine tension and eroticism...excellent special effects" -- -The Hollywood Reporter.

Product Description

In one of his earliest pre-Pulp Fiction performances, Samuel L. Jackson helps face off against a supernatural menace to society in this theatrical sleeper hit shot on colorfully vivid 35mm. A sexy female succubus is hell-bent on destroying Joel (A DIFFERENT WORLD’s Kadeem Hardison), a young divinity student, through her powers of seduction. One by one, Joel's friends fall victim to her charms, leaving Joel to face the temptress...and his destiny...alone. Bill Nunn (DO THE RIGHT THING) also stars in this terrifying story of vampires and lust. Featuring star power, lavish production values and smoking urban locales, Def By Temptation showcases the brightest young black cast and crew in a thoughtfully frightening horror extravaganza.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Movie, Deals with Real Struggles April 9, 2000
As an avid fan of movies from the vampire genre, I wasimmediately drawn to this one based on the detailed review of AndrewWright of However, to my surprise, the movie is not about vampires, but instead about the eternal struggle that men are confronted with--temptation. Bond portrays a minister "to-be" who comes from a long line of ministers. Struggling with the question as to whether there is more to life than the ministry, he visits his childhood friend, Hardison, who is a struggling "B" movie actor in New York. Little did he know that he would encounter a demon temptress named, you guessed it, Temptation, who, like the reviewer stated, is single-handedly destroying the men from a local "pick-up" joint.
What makes this movie interesting is also what makes it a little campy. The seductress plays on the main sexual deviations of men: each concluding with real, and relevant, endings to the perpetrators. The real storyline poses the question, "Can you resist Temptation in this life to do what God requires of you?" This is a question which is posed bluntly, and those who answer no, meet gruesome ends.
Overall, the storyline is good, the acting decent, and Cynthia Bond as the temptress is hot. This is overall a good movie and well worth viewing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Demons, Fortune Tellers, Religion, Oh my! November 30, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is one of the best horror films. The plot is original, the actors believable, the sets very visual... even the soundtracks pretty good! The special effects are fair. The plot involves an attractive womans quest to destroy cheating men in general and in particular, a young man who hopes to become a minister. Alas, he is the last of his line. Whats her deal? Buy it and see! Several known performers in this film: Melba Moore, Hardison, TWO Jacksons (one famous Samuel, oh and Freddie) The climax of the film is intense, the ending is excellent. Bored with other horror films because they're all clones? Buy this one then.... it's a standout!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the must underrated vampire movie of the 90's! June 17, 2009
Very interesting and underrated vampire blaxplotation thriller from writer-director-producer-star James Bond III. What works in this movie is a good storyline with some sex and violence around, the movie was released by the popular independent studio known as "Troma" in theaters and has gained a small cult following. The acting is very good. The dialogue is good. And there's also some great cinematography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie! February 28, 2008
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This is a very old movie but it made a deep impact on me because it's very spiritual. This movie teaches how temptation can be deadly. I always like movies that leave you thinking and this one definitely does that. It's sexual in some parts and in other parts it's exciting and filled with suspense. I love to show this movie to my friends because most of them have never seen it before. I would recommend watching this movie on a dark stormy night. :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Women are pure evil July 7, 2005
The demon from hell that looked like a woman is praying on single she meets in bars in New York. Everytime she takes a man home with her while she having sex with them she starts to kill them. It takes a christian boy from the south to stop her evil deads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great quality November 1, 2013
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I haven't watched the movie it was for someone else, but apparently it was very good quality wise, i haven't heard anything otherwise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Def by Temptation November 15, 2011
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This movie brings back the good old days for me. It ranks up there with Vamp. The main character was extremely cool. She wasn't overacting or cheesy like some blacksploitation moves were. She was smooth and it was the first and last film that I have seen her in. You can tell it was a fledglings first film, but he had a lot of rising new stars in it. It was well written, comical on some levels, and definitely not for young children. It taught a good lesson in my eyes. The lesson was , "All the glitters is not gold." I just love vampire movies. I always have, well before Twilight. This is the female version of Blackula and Cynthia Bond is excellent.
Vickie V.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Jackson in a Troma Movie. June 17, 2009
Samuel L Jackson, vampires, and Troma.

Need I say more?

This is a delightfully crazy vampire movie set in Brooklyn, with all the sex, blood, and tromatic splendor you would expect. The effects are very good in this movie, and I would consider it one of Troma's best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars edited version, but still a classic
This is my favorite all-black horror film from way back in the day. It has some of the most genuine performances from Kadeem Hardison and James Bond III. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Alan Sessler
4.0 out of 5 stars I am "Tempted" to buy this movie for other family members.
Fantastic low-budget horror! I enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by jowadd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Juanita Green
1.0 out of 5 stars something to think about
The movie's message is something to think about. Didn't like the excessive language and sex scène. Quality of film ok.
Published 7 months ago by Dina
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD
The movie was poor quality. The movie sound was off and picture blurry. I wish I could send back to sender.
Published 11 months ago by Sylvia Sadler
4.0 out of 5 stars A sleeper
A lot of people haven't heard of this movie, but for what it's worth this movie should be seen atleast once.
Published 12 months ago by Coley
1.0 out of 5 stars edited
original movie is great, however for some reason all recent copies of this movie have been edited. it's not currently a r-rated movie. PG-13 maybe. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Robert K. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars poor quality, good movie
I found the quality of the tape to be poor. I ordered the movie because I do like it. I didn't pay attention to what I was ordering, thought I was getting the DVD :-(
Published 16 months ago by Howard Hill
3.0 out of 5 stars Def By Temptation
I saw this movie in the theater years ago when it first came out. I didn't think I would find it on DVD but to my surprise I did. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Nia Adero
3.0 out of 5 stars My review
I love this movie, but it didn't have cursing in it. It pauses before it goes to the next scene through the entire movie. I might order another one.
Published 16 months ago by Dee Dee
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