Blaxploitation horror films: Generic reappropriation or reinscription? by Harry Benshoff
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.