Thursday, July 25, 2024

Tag: black death

The Hills Have Eyes 2 horror movie poster
It's odd enough that The Hills Have Eyes 2 is a sequel to a remake of a movie that already had a sequel, but when you factor in that both "part ones" are lily-white, while both sequels feature two prominent black characters, things seem eerily calculated...Or maybe it's just...
Friday the 13th Part 5 A New Beginning horror movie poster
With the most significant black presence in any of the series, Friday the 13th Part V is also, sadly, the one that forgoes Jason for a Jason-wannabe who dresses as the famed killer. It's sort of like being shafted with the shortest month of the year for Black History...
Friday the 13th Part 3 movie poster
The third Friday the 13th is noteworthy to most fans as the film in which undead serial killer Jason Vorhees first dons his trademark hockey mask, but for me, it's just as memorable for featuring the first (but certainly not the last) black victims in the long and storied horror movie franchise. As...
The antithesis of Part 3, the two black characters A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 -- Sheila (Toy Newkirk) and Roland (Ken Sagoes, pressing his luck by returning for the sequel) -- die, and fairly early on at that. Newkirk's demise does allow for one of Freddy's more memorable...
Dr. Giggles horror movie poster
The early '90s may as well have been the '80s, with its fluorescent colors, rotund eyeglass frames, high-waisted pants and, as Dr. Giggles so eloquently illustrates, dead black supporting actors. Dr. Giggles was one of the last gasps of the '80s-styled slasher film, which had by that point become...
Children of the Corn 3 Urban Harvest horror movie poster
Years before the Leprechaun went to the 'hood, those grain-loving, devil-worshiping kids decided to trek to the city to sample some dark meat. In this third edition of the series, evil Eli and his brother, not-so-evil Joshua, get adopted by some big city folk after their father mysteriously, um,...
The Breed horror movie poster
The Breed begins with a shaky foundation, asking us to believe that: a) Hill Harper is 20-something. b) Taryn Manning is a virgin. c) Michelle Rodriguez is straight. One thing that doesn't stretch our imagination, though, is Hill Harper's character, Noah, the epitome of the horror movie standard, "the black guy". We've seen...
Bloody Murder 2 horror movie poster
A decent yet otherwise undistinguishable low-budget Friday the 13th rip-off, Bloody Murder 2 does earn some distinction for a conversation between a stock black character named Elvis (Raymond Novarro Smith) and white gal Sophie (Amanda Magarian) regarding the conventions of horror movie deaths: Elvis: "Everybody knows black guys get it...
Black Death: A Brief History of Black People Dying in Horror Movies
"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?" -...
Automaton Transfusion horror movie
Automaton Transfusion is decent in a "seemingly written and directed during a drunken weekend bender" sort of way, but otherwise it brings little new to the zombie table. It's written as if someone sat down and watched 50 zombie films and decided to pluck an element from each one. As...