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Horror Blackademics: Blaxploitation Horror

Blaxploitation horror films: Generic reappropriation or reinscription? by Harry Benshoff
The Cult Film Reader: 2008 Eds. Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik
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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.


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.

Horror Blackademics: Race Horror & Candyman

Recreational Terror: Women and the Pleasures of Horror Film Viewing
by Isabel Cristina Pinedo
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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.


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.

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.