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Create A Film Class Lecture
Teach a class, a workshop, or lecture on the history of horror films? Why not incorporate some Black horror history in your Powerpoint! Foundational background on Black women in horror films can be found here. In regards to Black horror films of the 1970s, we have quite a few posts unpacking its legacy from the Black final girls to institutional objections to the films.
Additionally, check out Black Horror Movies for additional historical insight that offers essays, lists, and film reviews.
Watch & Create Black Horror Film Screenings/Series
Freddy, Frankenstein, Dracula, Jason: this rag tag group of monsters and many more memorable icons in horror cinema are more than cool, but incorporating Black horror movies into the fold will enrich the experience of your audience. Start with this list and witness the kind of conversations that are sparked and which characters stick with you and the people you're watching with. Watching horror films with diverse casts and introspective themes will help shift discussions beyond token characters and their mortality prospects.
Read Critical Horror Film Theory/History by Women of Color
There is so much horror scholarship available now more than ever. With numerous published perspectives on the genre, themes can become repetitive under certain umbrellas such as feminist horror film theory. Race horror, and written work from women of color in horror emerges as a unique division that we want to see grow. Here are a few women of color in academia who are writing about the genre:
Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman
Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing by Isabel Cristina Pinedo
Finding the Humanity in Horror: Black Women's Sexual Identity in Fighting the Supernatural by Dr. Kinitra Brooks
Don't Be Shy, Let Us Know Who You Are!
When Black women contact us about being horror fans, filmmakers, writers, photographers, visual/makeup artists, etc., we as a community truly begin to come from out of the margins. Your presence in horror is invaluable, and you deserve to have a spotlight and see yourself on screen and in the pages of novels, comics, and such. Feel free to get in touch to be a part of our 5 Questions series, contribute an essay, or if you think you've got a great project that needs promotion.