Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Soft Matter
The promotional materials for Soft Matter call it a cross between The Shape of Water and Get Out, a description that is troublesome not only because it's wildly inaccurate, but also because the only discernible similarity between it and Get Out is the fact that the main protagonist is...
Konga horror movie poster
Along with Mighty Joe Young, Konga, also known as Attack of the Giant Ape from the Land of the Black People Part IV, illustrates the evolution of minority roles from older giant ape films like King Kong and Son of Kong. In the more recent flicks, the black natives...
The Rage horror movie
A group of five teens in the wilderness stumbling upon a mad Russian scientist seeking revenge on the world by turning people into cannibalistic zombies with a rage virus spread by mutated man-eating vultures? Ho hum. But the fact that three of the five are black? Wow! (One gal,...
Son of Ingagi horror movie poster
Son of Ingagi is a somewhat stuffy all-black horror flick featuring somewhat stuffy newlywed couple Bob and Eleanor Lindsay (Alfred Grant and Daisy Bufford), who, besides having corny names and sleeping in separate beds, befriend lonely scientist Helen Jackson (Laura Bowman). As scientists tended to do in the 1940s,...
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde horror movie
Almost a decade after the final Candyman movie, It's good to see Tony Todd in a titular role again. In fact, he's in two lead roles in this adaptation of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson tale of split personalities. Despite Hyde's attire on the DVD cover art, this is...
The Thing with Two Head movie poster
With a title like The Thing With Two Heads, you might expect some sort of, well, "thing". Instead, we get a two-headed man -- or if you prefer, a one-bodied two-person. With no gore, no death, no scares and no monster, it's a stretch to call this a horror...
Zombies on Broadway
Zombies on Broadway is an effective spoof of I Walked with a Zombie (with many of the same black cast members) featuring a wannabe Abbot and Costello duo traveling to the same fictitious Caribbean island St. Sebastian as IWWAZ (part Hispanic, part black, all evil) to bring back a...
Abar the First Black Superman In Your Face blaxploitation movie poster
Abar, the First Black Superman is sort of like Soul Vengeance minus the phallic asphyxiation: it's not really horror, but it features a supernatural element that, combined with a Blaxploitation militancy and rigid acting, generates a true camp spectacle. In the case of Abar, the supernatural aspect is man-made:...
Dr. Black Mr. Hyde blaxploitation horror movie poster
To the uninitiated, titles like Blacula and Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde signify ultra-cheap, ultra-cheesy Blaxploitation fare that could never be taken seriously, but the uninitiated can go take a flying leap. Truth is, both films are evocative, low-key, straightforward horror films with complex characters, taut direction from William Crain,...
Frankenhunter Queen of the Porno Zombies movie poster
In an effort to present you with the most comprehensive coverage possible of horror movies with black significance, I stepped out of my normally moralistic ivory tower and degraded myself by renting a pornographic film. Of course, having never seen a porno before (ahem), I wasn't sure what to...

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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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