Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Horror Blackademics: Blaxploitation Horror

The Cult Film Reader: 2008 Eds. Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik


While African-American representations in urban crime or blaxploitation cinema have become a source of critical interest for film critics and race theorists alike, Harry M. Benshoff's article offers a cult case study of the largely untheorized areas of blaxploitation horror (1969-76). As defined by titles such as Blacula (1972), Ganja and Hess (1973), Sugar Hill (1974), and Abby (1974), this cycle subverted established genre imagery of the racial Other as monster to filter wider issues of black nationalism, pride, and machismo that were sweeping the USA at the time.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Horror Blackademics: Dr. Kinitra Brooks

Homegrown in New Orleans, Kinitra Brooks Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her doctorate in Comparative Literature from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, additionally majoring in 20th Century African American Literature with a Black Feminist Theory minor.

When she's busy in the classroom, her popular courses include titles such as "The African American Novel", "Black Women in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror", "The Supernatural in African American Literature", "Decontructing Destructive Mothers: "Bad" Mother in the Literature of Women of Color", "African American Women's Writing", "Horror Text and Theory". In my eyes, she's living the dream.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Horror Blackademics: Race Horror & Candyman

Back Cover Description

In Recreational Terror, Isabel Cristina Pinedo analyzes how the contemporary horror film produces recreational terror as a pleasurable encounter with violence and danger for female spectators. She challenges the conventional wisdom that violent horror films can only degrade women and incite violence, and contends instead that the contemporary horror film speaks to the cultural need to express rage and terror in the midst of social upheaval.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

History Class In Session: Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Is Nigh

Last Fall's television series breakthrough was Sleepy Hollow. Unsure of what exactly what I was going to get upon viewing the first few scenes, I quickly became invested in the supernatural mystery of a promising and seemingly well structured story with believable acting, especially in the case of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who awakens from a centuries old slumber, astonished by our present future. With the additions of another carefully crafted central character found in Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), a Black female lead with her own story that cleverly intertwines with Crane's. Add other intriguing, likable, and ethnically diverse characters into the fold for one, fun ride for viewers with a bite for fictional history that involves magic, witches, ghosts, and demons.

It's television heaven!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Scary Schools: The Initiation of Sarah (2006)

The Art of Witching may or may not be a class taught on a college campus somewhere in the world. But the lessons are sustainable beneath the polished, hardwood floors of Temple Hill University's rival sororities. The Initiation of Sarah (2006) makes the whole pledging process seem so complicated. And if you've got some magical powers, complicated and dangerous.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Horror Blackademics: A Short Black [Women] Vampires Bibliography

Much like zombies, vampires have moved from the margins of macabre fandom to the sleek, sexy, accessible feature for the current young adult market in the all consuming trifecta of television, film, and novels. Music and fashion as well.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Horror Blackademics: Black Women in Vampire Fiction

Issue 2 (2011): Sexing the Colorlines: Black Sexualities, Popular Culture, and Cultural Production

"Science fiction is not about the problems of the world, but also about solving the problems of the world.
-Octavia Butler


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Scary Schools: Scream 2 (1997)

Riding high off the success of its predecessor, I wanted to be on top of Scream 2 (1997) since the first had completely slipped through my fingers. I was turning fourteen when the sequel hit theaters. I didn't see the original until it was available on VHS, borrowing it from a friend of mine and making the mistake of watching it with my mom during a time you don't want to watch those kinds of movies with any sort of guardian. Actually, I'm still against watching content with even as much as a  nuanced sex joke in it with my mother. Puritanism reigns.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Life as a #HorrorBlackademic: My First Syllabus

Not too long ago, I had a brief stream of consciousness on Twitter using the hashtag #HorrorBlackademics. I felt it catchy and much encompassing of who I am and my social interests. I will continue to use it when shareable thoughts related come to me. But a display of my many flash musings has rarely, if ever been something I've felt compelled to do. Yet #HorrorBlackademics resonates so strongly that it led me to share something that has left me in a bit of a mental tailspin since:

Did I just say that?

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