Thursday, February 2, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Elise Neal

Elise Neal (1966- )

Scream 2 (1997)
The most interesting thing about Elise Neal's Hallie in Scream 2 was the original idea to have her play one of the killers in the big reveal at the end. Rumor has it that the original script was leaked, which is why this change was made. While intriguing, I don't trust that the explanation would've been satisfying. As much as I love (most of) the Scream franchise, the whiny killer soliloquy's were, most notably in Scream 3, just tired. And I'm glad Sidney finally pointed that out. There could've been more to Hallie's almost-sinister acts than just wanting to be famous. But maybe, there would be more implied in her attempt at infamy. Being a Black woman, fighting the at times very insidious space of invisibility is a reality. It's unfortunate that the role wasn't more developed. But in this case, not without an earnest try.

About Scream 2 (2007)

Two years after the terrifying events that occurred in Woodsboro, Sidney is now attending Windsor College in Cincinnati with long time friend Randy. Meanwhile, Gale Weathers best selling book on Sidney's life has now been made into a major motion picture. When two college students are killed in a theatre while watching the new film "Stab," Sidney knows deep down that history is for sure repeating itself again. Gale Weathers is present around the college reporting on the latest gruesome details that her movie has sparked. Dewey comes to visit Sidney after he hears the news also. No one believes the murders were in any way connected to Woodsboro, until more students around the campus are found dead. Gale and Dewey investigate and find that someone is trying to recreate Woodsboro. Sidney is no rookie when it comes to surviving a killer but someone wiser is on campus to show her some good old fashion revenge. (Source)

Other Genre Performances

Lt. J. J. Fredricks, SeaQuest 2032 (1995-1996)
Debra Graham, Mission To Mars (2000)
Coffee Black, The Fright Night Files (2014)
Mrs. Hooper, Tragedy Girls (2017)
Logan (2017)

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