Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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...
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...
The Zebra Killer movie poster
From William Girdler, director of Exorcist rip-off Abby, comes an intriguing and -- get this -- original plot: a racist white man (James Pickett) named Mac, pissed off that his father was sentenced to the electric chair, decides to kill everyone involved with the conviction (no word on the...
Night of the Sorcerers horror movie poster
From Spanish director Amando de Ossorio, who brought us the great Bind Dead series, comes Night of the Sorcerers, a not-so-great film that thankfully was never extended into a series. The story is basically Tombs of the Blind Dead Redux, but set in Africa and with fur bikinis. As with...

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Charles Dutton in Mimic

22 “Heroic Deaths” by Black Characters in Horror Movies

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...
Duane Jones in Night of the Living Dead

The 40 Best Horror Movies Starring Black Actors and Actresses

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....
Danai Gurira, My Soul to Take

Before They Were Stars: Black Actors and Actresses Who Got Their Starts in Horror...

Most actors and actresses have to pay their dues before they become famous, and one genre well versed in due-paying is horror. Popular with producers out to make a...

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Interview with the Black Guy

Interview with the Black Guy

Originally published on MadAtoms.com You've seen him in every horror movie since 1984: the black guy who hangs out with a group of white people...
The Green Pile: The Steaming Racial Dynamics of The Green Mile

The Green Pile: The Steaming Racial Dynamics of The Green Mile

Originally published on PopMatters.com Have you ever met someone that you instantly hated? I mean, with a passion; not a mild distrust or a 'don't-drop-the-soap'...
The Black Die Young: The Internal Struggle of a Black Horror Movie Fan

The Black Die Young: The Internal Struggle of a Black Horror...

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...
Scary Sistas: A Brief History of Black Women in Horror Films

Scary Sistas: A Brief History of Black Women in Horror Films

Originally posted on Pretty-Scary.net Black women in cinematic history have long faced the double-barreled Hollywood stigma of race and gender "otherness," their fleeting moment of...
Snakes on the Brain: Racial Representation in Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on the Brain: Racial Representation in Snakes on a Plane

Like every other Internet gnome trolling the Web for treasure, I traced the progress of the film Snakes on a Plane for months, drinking...
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