Ain’t Too Proud to Die: A Who’s Who of Black Actors Who’ve Died in Horror Movies

Dying in a horror movie is a rite of passage for black actors. Can you name at least one film in which these esteemed (and not so esteemed) actors, actresses, athletes, and musicians have met their maker? If you can, perhaps consider getting some fresh air for a change. (Answers below.)

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4. Andre Braugher 5. Scatman Crothers 6. Ossie Davis 7. Ruby Dee 8. Mos Def 9. Laurence Fishburne 10. Morgan Freeman 11. Danny Glover 12. Louis Gossett, Jr. 13. Robert Guillaume 14. Gregory Hines 15. Djimon Hounsou 16. Samuel L. Jackson 17. Duane “The Rock” Johnson 18. James Earl Jones 19. Yaphet Kotto 20. Sanaa Lathan 21. Eddie Murphy 22. Brock Peters 23. Jada Pinkett-Smith 24. Queen Latifah 25. Ving Rhames 26. Woody Strode 27. Denzel Washington 28. Forest Whitaker 29. Paul Winfield 30. Alfre Woodard

B-List:

31. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje 32. Anthony Anderson 33. Jennifer Beals 34. Lisa Bonet 35. Morris Chestnut 36. Keith David 37. Gary Dourdan 38. Bill Duke 39. Charles Dutton 40. Omar Epps 41. Pam Grier 42. Hill Harper 43. Mya Harrison 44. Ice-T 45. Orlando Jones 46. Method Man 47. Joe Morton 48. Mekhi Phifer 49. CCH Pounder 50. Redman 51. Sean Patrick Thomas 52. Isaiah Washington 53. Carl Weathers 54. Mykelti Williamson

Err…

55. John Amos 56. Todd Bridges 57. Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown 58. LeVar Burton 59. Rae Dawn Chong 60. Coolio 61. Anthony “Treach” Criss 62. Doug E. Doug 63. Giancarlo Esposito 64. Antonio Fargas 65. Ernie Hudson 66. Grace Jones 67. Tom “Tiny” Lister 68. Tone Loc 69. Garrett Morris 70. Richard Roundtree 71. Fred Williamson 72. Bokeem Woodbine

Scoring:

50+ = You enjoy seeing black pepole die just a bit too much. Chances are you’re either a Crip or a Republican.
25-49 = You have a healthy knowledge of the plight of black actors in horror movies. Write to your Congressman.
0-24 = Your idea of a horror movie is Harry Potter, and you probably think that Jessica Alba is black. Care for strike three?

Answers:

1. Queen of the Damned 2. The Stand 3. Halloween: Resurrection 4. Salem’s Lot 5. The Shining 6. Bubba Ho-Tep / Night Gallery / The Stand 7. The Stand 8. Island of the Dead 9. Event Horizon 10. Dreamcatcher 11. Saw / Switchback 12. Legend of the Mummy 13. 13th Child: Legend of the Jersey Devil 14. Wolfen 15. Deep Rising 16. Deep Blue Sea / Def By Temptation / Jurassic Park

17. Doom

18. The Ambulance / Blood Tide / Scary Movie 4 19. Alien / Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare 20. Blade 21. Vampire in Brooklyn 22. Alligator II: The Mutation 23. Scream 2 24. The Bone Collector / Sphere 25. The People Under the Stairs 26. Kingdom of the Spiders 27. Fallen 28. Body Snatchers 29. Damnation Alley / The Serpent and the Rainbow 30. The Forgotten

31. The Mummy Returns 32. Urban Legends: Final Cut 33. The Bride / The Grudge 2 34. Angel Heart 35. Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid 36. The Puppet Masters / They Live 37. Alien: Resurrection 38. Predator 39. Alien 3 / Gothika / Mimic / Rear Window 40. Dracula 2000 / Scream 2 41. Bones / Class of 1999 / Ghosts of Mars / Something Wicked This Way Comes / The Twilight People / The Vindicator 42. The Skulls / Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings / The Breed 43. Cursed 44. Guardian / Hood Rat / Leprechaun in the Hood 45. From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter / Primeval 46. Scary Movie 3 / Venom 47. The Astronaut’s Wife 48. Dawn of the Dead / I Still Know What You Did Last Summer 49. Demon Knight / End of Days / House of Frankenstein 1997 50. Scary Movie 3 / Seed of Chucky 51. Dracula 2000 / Halloween: Resurrection 52. Dead Birds / Ghost Ship / Hood Rat 53. Predator 54. The First Power

55. Two Evil Eyes 56. Alien Express / Death Row 57. Lethal Dose 58. The Supernaturals 59. Fear City / Hideaway 60. Dracula 3000 / Pterodactyl / Red Water / Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th 61. El Chupacabra / Feast 62. Dr. Giggles 63. Chupacabra: Dark Seas / Creature / Maximum Overdrive 64. The Borrower / Howling VI: The Freaks / Milo 65. Leviathan / Shark Attack 66. Vamp 67. Dracula 3000 / Soulkeeper / Wishmaster 2 68. They Crawl 69. The Stuff 70. Maniac Cop / Q: The Winged Serpent 71. Children of the Corn V / From Dusk Till Dawn 72. Wishmaster 2

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