Friday, December 15, 2017

Tag: ghosts

Horror movies starring African-American actors involving ghosts, hauntings and haunted houses, occult, paranormal and supernatural themes.

Home
As I've pointed out previously, haunted house movies (especially major releases) rarely feature black families because, well, black families are rarely shown as embodying the suburban ideal that is inevitably shattered by a haunting. Home bucks that trend...to an extent. The family in question is half black -- that...
Boo! A Madea Halloween
Boo! A Madea Halloween is a movie that shouldn't exist. It was conceived as a joke by Chris Rock for his movie Top Five, and Tyler Perry, apparently unfamiliar with the concept of parody, took it as a challenge. Thus, less than two years after Top Five opened, Tyler...
The Crypt horror movie
On it surface, The Crypt is a fairly nondescript, low-budget horror movie about a group of grave robbers who run afoul of the ghosts of the dead folks they're robbing. But amidst the wooden acting, choppy editing and threadbare plot, there's actually something admirable to be found: two women...
Eloise
Eloise is pretty standard ghosts-of-mental-patients-and-staff-haunting-an-abandoned-asylum fare, but for the purposes of this site, it stands out for the role of Dell (Brandon T. Jackson), a character that's such a crudely drawn throwback, he should've been thrown away before filming began. Dell single-handedly embodies at least four tired black horror...
The Innocents (Los Inocentes)
As an American, I'm fairly comfortable relating the portrayal of black characters in horror movies to the racial dynamics in the US as a whole, but it's always interesting to see how black characters in foreign films come across. The Argentine movie The Innocents (not to be confused with...
Blair Witch poster
As I watched 2016's Blair Witch, I couldn't put my finger on why I found the presence of two black characters in the main cast so striking. I mean, there have been other horror movies with multiple black cast members amongst the primary cast -- typically, a "black guy/black...
White Fright; Or, Why Are There No Black People in Haunted House Movies?
Ever since 2009's Paranormal Activity wrested the horror crown away from the Saw franchise, fright films featuring ghosts or demonic entities have ruled the genre, churning out hit after hit -- from the Paranormal Activity films to The Haunting in Connecticut, The Devil Inside, Mama, The Last Exorcism and...
The Devil Lives Here
It's a well-known running gag that black characters in American horror movies tend to be human fodder, but at least they exist, unlike films from other countries, where they're largely invisible because of a dearth of A) horror movies and/or B) black people. Even in countries with a decent...
Death Spa horror movie
Revolving around a series of deaths in a health club and featuring lines like "I'm Beta, and you're VHS," Death Spa is a movie that's so '80s, it's got Drakkar Noir seeping from its pores -- which is odd, because according to IMDb, it actually wasn't released until 1990...
The Legend of Black Annie horror movie
Although it was made in 2012, The Legend of Black Annie wasn’t released until 2015, just two months after that OTHER "black Annie" movie hit theaters. Coincidence? You be the judge. Regardless, anyone who rents this movie expecting to see a tap-dancing Quvenzhane Wallis will be sorely disappointed --...
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