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Black Women Horror Bloggers: Carolyn Mauricette

The most crucial aspect of being a blogger is that your voice should shine through the topics you're discussing. Many take to task this venture. Here, horror is the anchor, but our identity as Black women is what keeps us afloat and even sail. I understood just how important that was with one blog essay from this year, "Oh Canada. A Woman Of Colour And Her Perspective On Horror In The Great White North". As a community, we're all fans of horror, but it's our perspectives from the subjective realm that makes our sentiments not only critical, but unique. An author should encourage, entertain, and inspire new ideas to take away. To bring to the table the angle less considered so the media we consume can evolve without losing what made us love it so much in the beginning.
Talking to the horror blogger and author of that essay felt like a step in the right direction to further explore a geographically removed horror community from my own from the voice of a Black wom…

Old Dracula (1974) Review

The revival of old vampire tales in alternative forms percolated in the early 1970s (Blacula, Count Yorga, Dracula A.D. 1972). Reflectively, this was the first wave of "remakes" in a sense where, as opposed to what feels currently like cheap cash-in's, these re-imaginings took the core of the original text and injected something fresher: What if 'Dracula' was Black? What if Dracula was transported into the future?

In similar fashion, a light horror comedy out of England originally titled Vampira was changed into a more catchier title for the United States, Old Dracula or, Old Drac in order to place it in the camp of Young Frankenstein (1974). Flatly, the film's tagline read, "If You Liked 'Young Frankenstein' You'll Love 'Old Dracula'!" Distributed by American International Pictures (AIP) in 1975, Old Dracula was written by British comedy writer Jeremy Lloyd (Are You Being Served?) and directed by Clive Donner, noteworthy for th…

Horror Favorites: with Party Lifestyle Guru & Blogger Latanya Rene

Sometimes, the best way to break the ice with a stranger is to talk horror movies. Which is half-true for the budding friendship me and Latanya share. After meeting for the first time last October, we were already all too familiar with each other on social media. But the first words we spoke to each other face-to-face, literally, was a debate about Annabelle...

#SciFiSunday: A History of Race in Science Fiction Films

Take out your notepads.
Adilifu Nama concocted a thorough read that blends a critical look at science fiction cinema's milestone works in conjunction with American sociopolitical history, specifically with some of the most profound shifts in American race relations and policy.


Black Space: Imagining Race In Science Fiction Film does a great job of breaking down the historical context of race and racial discourse in American science fiction films. Nama argues that non-white representation and implied blackness has abounded in sci-fi cinema, past and present in two very important ways. First, a "structured absence" speaks to the creation of a science fiction story that overtly excludes people of color and imagines an alternative, all-white world. Second, that absence is commonly replaced with the alien Other, some non-human like being that relies on relevance with their relationship to white characters. The alien Other is at times coded as non-white and consumed by attribut…

Interview with The Walking Dead Stunt Double & Actress, Shellita Boxie

By Takima Bly(@emma_fRhost2)
As anticipation for season five of AMC’s The Walking Dead grew, AMC previewed Inside The Walking Dead: Walker University a few months before the start of the season. The show gave fans a look at the process of selecting potential walkers for The Walking Dead and explained their make-up and costume process. Viewers were able to see that becoming a walker and being on the set was not as easy as it looked. First of all, you have to audition for the part. Being a walker takes a lot of time on set as well as patience with effect applications. You have to be available and physically able to endure the demands of the role.
Graduating from “Walker University” means that you have the walk, the look, and have been selected to appear on set. Despite the complexities of becoming a walker, winning a role can be quite a rewarding experience. Those chosen get to become part of the number 1 horror show on television, and perhaps meet and interact with their favorite cast m…

Filmmaker R. Shanea Williams' 11 Favorite Horror Films

By R. Shanea Williams (@rshanea722)

First I must say this: this is nowhere near an all-time greatest horror film list ever. This list probably won’t even score me many cool points with hard-core horror fans that love their blood and gore in excess. This is simply a list of my personal favorite horror films. These films simply exemplify what I love about the horror genre.
I will be directing a short horror film that I wrote entitled Paralysis later this year. This will be my third film but my first in the horror genre. Paralysis fits in the psychological horror film sub-genre -- which is my favorite sub-genre. The following films on my list definitely played a part in me wanting to make a horror film and they continue to inspire me as I hope to make a horror film that resonates with viewers the way these films still resonate with me.
Why 11 films and not 10? Because…indecisive.