Horror is for everyone, but it doesn’t always feel that way with the lack of representation in the genre. Final Girls? White. Heroes? White. Villains? White. Masters of Horror? Mostly all white. Even those who talk about horror are all for the most part white. The Black Girl’s Guide to Horror the answer to the too white, too male, too cis, too straight genre that so many of us love but don’t see much of ourselves in. This is the website where horror fans of all walks of life can hear a different take on slashers, werewolves, witches, vampires, and all the other things that go bump in the night.
For the most part, I’ll be talking about whatever is new in horror movies, tv, books, and other mediums, but I’ll also shed light on certain intersections of race, gender, and other identities as they pertain to horror movies. That last part has often been a blind-spot in horror and horror commentary and it is my hope to rectify that.
I’ll also post about movies that I feel have been glossed over, swept under the rug, or just not marketed well and why you should check them out.
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I know. I know. You’re supposed to take your time with poetry. You’re supposed to read each line carefully, Read it out loud to hear the rhythm, note the line breaks, the enjambment, the patterns. That’s what you’re supposed to do. That’s what good readers do.
I know that I’m gonna get side eyes for writing this. I know that. But I have to be honest and honestly, The Haunting of Hill House (2018) was overhyped and extremely lacking. Lacking a satisfying ending, lacking a rich backstory for the house. Just—lacking.
Anime is an obsession of mine. It’s a relatively recent one since I watched my first anime series, Attack on Titan, only a year ago, but since then I’ve been insatiable. If you watch anime, then you know that there is something out there for everyone. You like magical girls that save the world? Got you. Lesbian dragon romances? No problem. Cooking competitions where the food is literally blow your clothes off orgasmic? Say no more.
And if you’re a horror head like me? Then do I have the anime for you.
I’m sure I’ve talked a little about my love for slasher movies, but another specific subgenre that I’m pretty obsessed (that sometimes overlaps with slashers) with is 90’s teen horror movies. I think part of it is because I’m a 90’s baby. I grew up loving the fashion, the slang, and the overall aesthetic of the 90’s. It’s no wonder that the thriller and horror movies of the time are some of my favorites. Though most people could name classic 90’s teen horror movies like Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer and Urban Legend, there are some lesser known movies that are definitely worth the watch, if not for the scare factor then definitely for the humor, social commentary, and classic 90’s aesthetic.
Below is a list of some of the movies that went under the radar in the 90s but are still pretty dope.
Castle Rockhas been on my “Must Watch” list ever since HULU first premiered the trailer for its original series back in late October of 2017. Black protagonist? Horror/Thriller? Stephen King? SHAWSHANK? Count me in! I put it in my queue then forgot about it until about a week before its premiere date.
Maybe I’m too old to give a fuck about new monsters. If you weren’t terrorizing my dreams and forcing my toes under blankets for safety by the time I was ten, I don’t see it for you, fam. At least, I doubt you’ll elicit in me anything akin to that childhood fear and wonder that accompanies tales of werewolves, vampires, boogeymen, or any of the other classic things that go BUMP in the night. That’s why it’s really hard for me to care about Slender Man.
It should come as no surprise that as a lover of all things horror, I enjoy movies that have a good bit of violence in them from time to time. For most of my teen years, Quentin Tarantino movies were my favorite kind because he never skimped on gushing blood or brutal fight scenes. To this day, Kill Bill is my favorite movie of all time. Yes, my love for occasional violent fun is why when I saw the trailer for Mayhem, I knew I found a winner.