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Joel (James Bond III), a disillusioned Minister arrives in New York City to visit his old childhood best friend K (Kadeem Hardison), a struggling actor who moved to the city years ago in order to become a star. One night while at the night club K comes across Temptation (Cynthia Bond), who he calls the “perfect woman”. Her other name is Temptress, and is actually a succubus- who seeks the blood of any man who is foolish enough to be tempted by her. Joel quickly becomes ensnared by her lust, and K suspects that something about Temptation is seriously wrong and enlists the help of Dougy (Bill Nunn), a cop who specializes in cases of the supernatural, who has already pinned the succubus as the culprit to a series of murders around the city. It becomes clear that in order to save Joel and other would be victims it’s up to them to destroy the succubus before she strikes again.


This movie contains examples of:

  • Death by Sex: The victims always die this way.
  • Evil Laugh: Temptation’s laugh goes from a feminine cackle to a demonic one consistently.
  • Excellent Judge of Character: Dougy at first appears to be a man who indiscriminately flirts with every woman at the bar, all but the one with the "freaky nails" and "soulless eyes" who frequents the bar.
  • Fade to Black: Used frequently during scene transitions.
  • Femme Fatalons: Temptation uses her nails to shred her victims.
  • Missing Reflection: K notices that Temptation has no reflection in the mirror.
  • Monochrome Casting: The entire cast is African-American.
  • Neon City: Shots of New York and the bar that’s a frequent location is neon lit and smoggy.
  • Not-So-Abandoned Building: The whole building that Temptress resides in looks abandoned at first glance, which is perfect for people to completely ignore.
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  • Occult Detective: Dougy, a frequent barfly of the nightclub is actually a Detective working on a case that just so happens to be trying to pin Temptation for murder and torture.
  • Rain of Blood: Temptation makes blood appear in the shower to one of her victims.
  • The Rich Have White Stuff: Temptation presents herself as a wealthy woman of high class, with a bedroom lavishly decorated in white.
  • Virtue Is Weakness: Joel is too naive and innocent to see how evil Temptation is.