House Party: 30th Anniversary Of Hip Hop Cult Classic

Legends & Icons


In the late 1980’s, hip hop was surging to become a powerhouse in the entertainment world and one of the vehicles that helped that become a reality was the hit movie entitled “House Party”. It was the story of hip hop inspired friends coming together for fun, women, and music in the coming age released by New Line Cinema on March 9th in 1990. The film was written and directed by Reginald Hudlin.It starred hip hop duo, Kid N Play, and also the rise of Martin Lawrence and Tisha Campbell.

The late John Witherspoon also had a role in the movie along with A.J. Johnson, Gene “Groove” Allen (of Groove B. Chill), Darryl “Chill” Mitchell, Full Force (B-Fine, Paul Anthony and Bowlegged Lou), Kelly Jo Minter, and Robin Harris (who died of a heart attack nine days after the film was released).

Reginald Hudlin is grateful for the way the movie has stood the test of time especially in today’s social media age. In an interview with blackfilm.com, he stated the following:

Time is what really tells the story. The fact that it was a success at the time and the cuts of the dance numbers are still constantly popping up on social media, it just means that it’s still relevant to young people today. It’s wonderful.

Reginald Hudlin

Hudlin also touched upon the popular dance scene that has been shared on social media over the years and also watched on youtube. He explained that usually the scene would be a whole day’s shoot, but because of budget restraints they decided to go full steam ahead with the little time they had to film it. We said, “No, we got to shoot that and we still got to shoot all these other scenes on the other half of the day.” So we shot it. We nailed it and then we had to keep it moving.”

He also spoke about the deaths of John Witherspoon and more. Check out the interview here.