Sugar Hill (1974)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Paul Maslansky.

Plot Summary

Sugar Hill stands up to local trying to extort protection money from her and her boyfriend is murdered as a result. She enlists the help of queen Mama Maitresse who in turn summons Baron Zamedi, Lord of the Dead. Sugar gives up her soul and Zamedi raises a zombie army to do her bidding.


Directed by: Paul Maslansky
© American International Productions MCMLXXIV [1974]
Samuel Z. Arkoff presents. An American International picture
Executive Producer: Samuel Z. Arkoff
Produced by: Elliot Schick
Written by: Tim Kelly
Director of Photography: Robert Jessup
Edited by: Carl Kress
Music Composed, Conducted, Arranged and Produced by: Nicki Zesses and Dino Fekaris
Sound Mixer: Darin Knight
Costumes for Marki Bey Created by: Norbart Valentine
Make up: Hank Edds
Special Effects: Roy L. Downey
Dance Scene Choreographed by: William Chaison

Marki Bey (Diana [‘Sugar'] Hill)
Robert Quarry (Morgan)
Don Pedro Colley (Baron Samedi)
Betty Anne Rees (Celeste)
Richard Lawson (Valentine)
Zara Cully (Mama Maitresse)
Charles P. Robinson (Fabulous)
Larry D. Johnson (Langston)
Rick Hagood (Tank Watson)
Ed Geldart (O'Brien)
Albert J. Baker (George)
Raymond E. Simpson III (King)
Thomas C. Carroll (Baker)
Big Walter Price (preacher)
Charles Krohn (Captain Merrill)
J. Randall Bell (Parkhurst)
Peter Harrell III (police photographer)
Judy Hanson (masseuse [Opal])
Gary W. Chason (lab technician)
Roy L. Downey (stevedore)
John E. Scarborough (uniformed cop)

Alternative Titles

Voodoo Girl
The of Sugar Hill



  • British Board of Film Censors Monthly List March 1975
  • Castle of Frankenstein vol.6 no.3 (whole no.23, 1974) pp.50,  53 – illustrated reviews (Frankenstein at large)
  • Cinefantastique vol.3 no.4 (Winter 1974) p.33
  • Fangoria no.264 June 2007) pp.78-83 – illustrated article (Blacula: blood brother by David Konow)
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.228 no.15 (28 September 1973) p.9 – credits
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.42 no.496 (May 1975) p.118 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Variety 6 February 1974 p.18
  • Weng's Chop no.9 (August 2016) pp. 8-9; 18-19 – illustrated article (Rhythm & blues & ghouls: Blacula and the horror sub-genre by Troy Howarth); illustrated review (by Jeff Goodhartz)


  • American International Pictures: A Comprehensive Filmography by Rob Craig  p.353
  • American International Pictures: A Filmography by Robert L. Ottoson pp.261-262 – credits, synopsis, review
  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.297-298
  • Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures by Mark Thomas McGee pp.290; 324
  • Film Review 1976-1977 by F. Maurice Speed p.187
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.378
  • Horror Films by Subgenre: A Viewer's Guide by Chris Vander Kaay and Kathleen Fernandez-Vander Kaay p.208
  • by Walt Lee p.467 – credits
  • Rock ‘n' Roll Monsters: The American International Story by Bruce G. Hallenbeck pp.258-259; 293
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.106-107 – illustrated review (by Darrell Buxton)
  • The Zombie Movie Encyclopedia by Peter Dendle p.165-167

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide December 2022 p.25 – illustrated listing