Friday, December 15, 2017

Tag: 1970s

Beware the Blob
In between the 1958 original The Blob and the 1988 remake The Blob was Beware! The Blob, a goofy '70s sequel that stands out for little more than being an early example of what would later become a horror cliché: the black guy dying first. In truth, black characters in...
Lord Shango movie poster
A couple of years after co-starring in the landmark black horror film Ganja & Hess, scream queen Marlene Clark headlined Lord Shango, and while Ganja & Hess has emerged from the shadows in recent years to gain some mainstream notoriety (and an ill-fated Spike Lee remake), Lord Shango remains...
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a harrowing horror classic that has no doubt been dissected (no pun intended) a million times since its release, but there's one aspect that doesn't seem to get discussed very much: A FREAKIN’ BLACK GUY SAVES THE DAY. For a black person to be...
Chosen Survivors provides one of the earliest examples I've found of a "heroic death" by a black character in a horror movie. The phenomenon of black heroic death has served a purpose similar to that of the black "authority figure": it's a way for mainstream films to present more...
Don’t Look in the Basement (AKA The Forgotten) (1973)
In terms of racial resonance, Don’t Look in the Basement is sort of like the underachieving little brother to Night of the Living Dead. Whereas that George Romero classic has received widespread recognition for its ahead-of-its-time casting of an African-American lead, Don’t Look in the Basement, released just five...
J.D.'s Revenge
One of the more overlooked of the upper-tier Blaxploitation films -- horror or otherwise -- J.D.'s Revenge avoids the corniness inherent in taking a well-worn story and slapping the word "black" on it (Blacula, Blackenstein, Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde) by delivering a somber supernatural mystery propelled by haunting tension...
Trilogy of Terror horror movie DVD
This relatively tame made-for-TV anthology has achieved cult status amongst even the most hardcore horror fans for three simple words: Zuni...fetish...doll. The little African bugger (I say African because although the Zuni are a Native American tribe, the doll was confirmed in the sequel to be African.) has become...
The Last Wave movie poster
It's not really horror, but The Last Wave has horrific elements that invoke the ever popular "mystical darkie," this time in Australia with aborigines. A white lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) defends a group of aborigines accused of murdering one of their own. He discovers that they are "tribal" (i.e., they...
Vault of Horror horror movie poster
Voo-did it again. Like fellow Amicus studio production Dr. Terror's House of Horrors, this British anthology features a tale of voodoo revenge -- although by the time Vault of Horror came out eight years later, the roles of black folk in horror movies had evolved beyond this dated formula....
Night of the Cobra Woman horror movie poster
Black Horror Hall of Famer Marlene Clark is one mysterious figure. There's strangely little information on her to be found on the Internet beyond the fact that she's an ex-model who was once married to Billy Dee Williams (and who presumably to this day can't get the taste of...
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