Wednesday, February 22, 2017

28 Days Of Black Women In Horror: Beverly Bonner

Beverly Bonner 

Basket Case (1982)

Beverly Bonner, originally from Chesaning, Michigan, followed her show business dreams to New York City. She has appeared in over 45 plays, most notable being featured with the late Divine in the long-running hit play “Women Behind Bars”. Beverly is most recognized from her appearances as the third lead in almost all of Frank Henenlotter’s cult horror movies. Her half hour sketch comedy The Beverly Bonner Show ran for 5 years on Manhattan Neighborhood network and her TV show, Beverly Bonner’s Laugh Track ran 7 years on Time Warner Cable. 

A drop dead funny stand up, Beverly has produced and appeared at most of the comedy clubs in New York. A former Motown employee, Beverly was thrilled to be invited to perform in front of more than 3,000 people at Motown’s 40th Anniversary. In 2007 she formed a new sketch comedy group, Bonner's Boomers. Beverly also ran her hit comedy play, “Casey---30 Year Later!” based on her original character in Frank Henenlotter’s cult horror film Basket Case. Currently, Beverly just shot a short horror film based on a Stephen King story titled One For The Road. (Source)

About Basket Case (1982)

Casey is one of those way under the radar staple horror characters. Bonner seems to always take a fun approach to her work. Casey was the kind of neighbor you wanted in your apartment building as a watcher and adviser. Funny enough, I think Belial sensed that and surprised her in her room in one scene I find disturbingly hilarious. Beverly has truly turned her passion into sustainability. I've heard first hand stories about just how funny she is even when an audience isn't observing.

Other Genre Performances

Casey Belial, Bad Biology (2008)
Mrs. Gottfried, Little Frankie Stein (2004)
Fast Food Manager, Basket Case 3 (1991)
Casey, Frankenhooker (1990)
Casey, Basket Case 2 (1990)
Neighbor, Brain Damage (1988)
Massage Parlor Murders! (1973)

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