Africa: Evil or Just Misunderstood?

Representations of Africa in Horror Movies

When Toto sang about Africa back in the day, it sounded so much more inviting than what we see coming out of Hollywood. Horror movies in particular have been guilty of perpetuating the image of “darkest Africa”, filled with ravenous animals and wild-eyed natives who wouldn’t even shake your hand before biting it off. That said, I haven’t actually been to Africa, so I can’t offer any first-hand evidence that there aren’t 80-foot gorillas running around kidnapping white women. So, as a public service to anyone considering travelling over there, here are a few potential hazards that I’ve picked up on over the years. This is what the tourist bureau doesn’t want you to see…

1. Giant Animals

Giant wasp in Monster from Green Hell horror movie
Monster from Green Hell


Mighty Joe Young (1949)
Africa Screams (1949)
Monster from Green Hell (1958)
Konga (1961)
The Mighty Gorga (1969)
Primeval (2007)

2. Normal-Sized, But Pissed-Off, Animals

Killer gorilla in Congo horror movie


Bwana Devil (1952)
The Bride and the Beast (1958)
In the Shadow of Kilimanjaro (1986)
Congo (1995)
The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Shark Attack (1999)
Snake Island (2002)
Prey (2007)

3. Man-Beast Hybrids

Leopard women in Night of the Sorcerers horror movie
Night of the Sorcerers


Son of Ingagi (1940)
Night of the Sorcerers (1973)
Half-Caste (2004)

4. The Living Dead

Lon Chaney in The Mummy
The Mummy


The Mummy (1932)
The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
Blacula (1972)
Scream, Blacula, Scream (1973)
Black Voodoo Exorcist (1973)
Night of the Sorcerers (1973)
Oasis of the Zombies (1981)
Bram Stoker’s The Mummy (1997)
The Mummy (1999)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Queen of the Damned (2002)

5. Soul-Sucking Demons/Spirits

Zuni fetish doll in Trilogy of Terror horror movie
Trilogy of Terror


Exorcist (1973)
Abby (1974)
Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)
City of Blood (1983)
Headhunter (1990)
Dust Devil (1992)
Trilogy of Terror II (1996)
Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

6. Vengeful Voodoo Mystics

African mystic in The Leech Woman
The Leech Woman


The Leech Woman (1960)
Curse of the Voodoo (1965)
Plague of the Zombies (1966)
The Witches (1966)
The Oblong Box (1969)
Black Voodoo Exorcist (1973)
The Believers (1987)
Curse III: Blood Sacrifice (1991)

7. Bloodthirsty Cannibals/Savage Tribesmen

African tribesmen in Curse of the Voodoo
Curse of the Voodoo


Savage Africa (1950)
Voodoo Village (1958)
The Leech Woman (1960)
Kwaheri: Vanishing Africa (1964)
Curse of the Voodoo (1965)
The Mighty Gorga (1969)
Diamonds of Kilimandjaro (1983)

8. Magically Malicious Monsters

Graboid worm monster in Tremors 5: Bloodlines horror movie
Tremors 5: Bloodlines


Baby Blood (1990)
Bone Snatcher (2003)
The Mamtsotsi Bird (2006)
Tremors 5: Bloodlines (2015)


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