Originally written for Salem Horror Fest
One of my earliest memories of genuine horror fandom came in the mid-'80s when I popped a VHS tape of George Romero's Night of the Living Dead into my family's VCR and watched as the character Ben (Duane Jones) led a ragtag group of...
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....
"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?"