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Africa: Evil or Just Misunderstood?

Giant wasp in Monster from Green Hell horror movie
Representations of Africa in Horror Movies When Toto sang about Africa back in the day, it sounded so much more inviting than what we see coming out of Hollywood. Horror movies in particular have been guilty of perpetuating the image of “darkest Africa”, filled with ravenous animals and wild-eyed natives who wouldn’t even shake your hand before biting it off....

The Black Death: A Brief History of Black People Dying in Horror Movies

Black Death: A Brief History of Black People Dying in Horror Movies
"No way. I've seen this movie. The black dude dies first." - Professor Harry Phineas Block (Orlando Jones), Evolution "Ooh, I'm done! Brothers never make it out of situations like this!" - Sherman "Preacher" Dudley (LL Cool J), Deep Blue Sea "Did you know that the black guy doesn't always die first?" - sinister email, The Mangler 2 "Everybody knows black guys get it...

The Black Die Young: The Internal Struggle of a Black Horror Movie Fan

The Black Die Young: The Internal Struggle of a Black Horror Movie Fan
Originally published on PopMatters.com I have a secret passion; the less addicted of you might call it an addiction. I like to watch. I rent base, filthy movies and slip them into brown paper bags so no one can tell. I sit alone in seedy, near-empty theaters, pleasuring myself with this trash. I'm too embarrassed to tell anyone about my...

The 40 Best Horror Movies Starring Black Actors and Actresses

Duane Jones in Night of the Living Dead
It goes without saying that over the years, Hollywood has had some issues with adequate racial representation in starring roles, and horror is certainly not immune to that problem. However, that doesn't mean there haven't been some excellent "mainstream" (for lack of a better word) fright flicks starring black folk. For this list, I'm excluding all-black films (e.g., Blaxploitation, "urban,"...

Rappers “Slash” Actors Appearing in Horror Movies

Rapper Ice Cube
Rappers are busy people, what with all the ho juggling, money stacking, and ride pimping. That's why so few of them have time to fully devote to the craft of acting. And yet so many of them are doing it, mucking up our precious horror films with their half-assed performances. Now, the time has come to set them straight...

Black Horror Movie Hall of Fame

Noble Johnson in Ghost Breakers
Historically, black people's contributions to horror cinema have been hailed about as much as Donald Trump's contributions to racial unity, but there are some noteworthy figures of color from the past and present who deserve some recognition within the genre, so I've taken it upon myself to create the Black Horror Movie Hall of Fame. Feel free to tip the...

What New Horror Movies Come Out This Week?

Jacob's Ladder
Horror Movie and DVD Release Dates Schedule, updated weekly, every Tuesday.

Don’t I Know You…? Black Horror Character Actors

Laz Alonso
These actors and actresses aren't usually the leads in horror movies, but they keep busy in supporting roles as the best friends, the partners, the safari guides and other assorted capacities that probably ensure death. You know their faces, but you don't know their names or even where you know them from. Before you walk up and ask them, "Do...

22 “Heroic Deaths” by Black Characters in Horror Movies

Charles Dutton in Mimic
Everyone knows that the "black guy" (or gal) usually dies in horror movies -- so much so, in some instances, the characters themselves seem to be aware of their inevitable fate. Thus, we have the phenomenon of black "heroic death," in which black characters (usually peripheral) voluntarily sacrifice themselves -- or at least, volunteer for tasks that mean certain...

No Black People Were Harmed in the Making of This Film

Tombstone: No Black People Were Harmed in the Making of this Film
Don't feel like seeing black blood spilled? Wanna see the black guy escape with his life (and a new respect for power tools)? Here are some films that have been rated NDN (No Dead Negroes)... Movie Actors Who Live Year Abby Carter, Terry 1974 Cook, Nathan 1974 Cowden, Michael 1974 Kinchelow, Felice 1974 Marshall, William 1974 Moore, Juanita 1974 Ray, Joan 1974 Robinson, George 1974 Speed, Carol 1974 Stoker, Austin 1974 Alligator People, The Dickerson, Dudley 1959 Goodwin, Ruby 1959 Townsend, Vince Jr. 1959 Amityville II Gunn, Moses 1982 Ross, Ted 1982 Amityville 1992 Carpenter, Willie C. 1992 Amityville:...