Let’s Play A Game: List Your Favorite Black/Latino Horror Movie Characters

By Nick Delmacy | Posted Oct 8 2014 | 49 Comments  

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We’re officially into Week Two of Halloween Month here at Cypher Avenue! If you haven’t already, its time to start a marathon of your favorite horror movies!

This got me thinking. Most of the time (but not always), Black and Latino characters in American horror movies are the easily forgettable “best friend” or sidekick who get killed within the first 20 minutes. This always sucked because as a young horror fan, I always liked seeing people who looked kinda like me in the films.

So let’s play a game. Let’s see how many Black and Latino we can list from American horror movies!

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Please list the name of the actor, the film he/she was in and include a still photo, animated gif or a YouTube video clip from the film. And please give a brief reason why you liked the character!

You can include the famous male or female actors from the big horror films but you get bonus props for posting lesser known characters from the under-the-radar horror flicks!

** Note: Spoilers should kinda be expected here since MOST black characters die in these movies **

Here are a few to get us started:


Duane Jones. Night of the Living Dead.

This was probably the first horror movie I’d seen where the lead character was a black man who wasn’t ghetto or a thug. Duane Jones delivered a very believable performance as a horror hero.

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Keith David. The Thing

The Thing is one of my favorite horror movies from 80s that still holds up to this day. Keith David’s no-nonsense attitude throughout this film is one of my favorite performances by him.

101612-celeb-keith-david-the-thingTony Todd. Candyman.

This goes without saying. Tony Todd’s Candyman is probably one of the only times a black man was a plausible main villain in a horror movie. This movie scared the shit out of my when I saw it in the theater as a kid.

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Franky G. SAW II.

This pick might just be for superficial reasons. Franky G was both insane and sexy in the first sequel to the horror hit SAW.

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Mekhi Phifer. I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and Dawn of the Dead.

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer was a really bad movie…but Mekhi Phifer was pretty good in it. To be honest, I wasn’t even feeling Mekhi until this movie. And I was pretty pissed when his character got a lame ass hook to the throat.

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The Dawn of the Dead remake however was a much better film. Mekhi played a pretty unremarkable character but at least this time he went out like a “G”.

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Morris Chestnut. Anacondas: Hunt for the Blood Orchid and The Cave.

Aight, not gonna lie…many of these choices are just straight up eye candy. But lets face it, many horror films are bad so at least having attractive men of color to look at makes them watchable. The Anaconda sequel definitely fits that category.

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The Cave. Once again, Morris Chestnut showcases he chocolate sexiness in a bad horror film. Yes the film is no where near as great as the far more superior thriller The Descent…But at least The Cave has a character who looked like this:

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Robert Ri’chard. House of Wax.

Robert’s character is seen getting a blowjob in the film in the first 5 minutes. Nuff Said.

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Alright, its your turn! Let’s see how many characters we can get on the list!

Please list the name of the actor, the film he/she was in and include a still photo, animated gif or a YouTube video clip from the film. And please give a brief reason why you liked the character!

 

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  1. lyriq88
    ChuckFKALyriq | October 8th, 2014
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    Honorable mention for Brandy Norwood’s performance alongside Mekhi Phifer in “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer”lol. Why she was the first to come to mind, I’ll never know.

    Fun Fact: In her Behind The Music special, someone brought up the fact that she lived to the end of the movie. She mentioned her mom getting that added to her contract LOL. I thought that was hilarious.

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  2. BlackguyExecutive | October 8th, 2014
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    • lyriq88
      ChuckFKALyriq | October 8th, 2014
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      Do vamp flicks count as horror flicks? Eh, I guess so. And Aaliyah playing a Queen Vamp as a black woman is kinda major!

    • BlackguyExecutive | October 8th, 2014
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      My Bad for not following directions.

      Movie: Queen of the Damned
      Actress: Aalyiah

      I actually watch this movie at least once a year. I include in the horror variety because I was younger when it came out before vampire flicks were love stories. I love her accent and the way she walk in the bar and kills everyone.

  3. lyriq88
    ChuckFKALyriq | October 8th, 2014
    +1

    Speaking of black characters who make it out alive, LL Cool J in Halloween H20.
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    • Nick "Living Dead" Delmacy | October 8th, 2014
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      LL Cool J annoyed the shit out of me cooning with that damn Parrot in Deep Blue Sea
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      • lyriq88
        ChuckFKALyriq | October 8th, 2014
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        @Nick Yeah, that’s mainly why I chose not even bring that shit up LOL. I thought he redeemed himself toward the end. The thug in him came out when it was him versus that damn shark.

  4. BlackguyExecutive | October 8th, 2014
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    • Nick "Living Dead" Delmacy | October 8th, 2014
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      “Please list the name of the actor, the film he/she was in and include a still photo, animated gif or a YouTube video clip from the film. And please give a brief reason why you liked the character…”

      • BlackguyExecutive | October 8th, 2014
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        SORRY FOR NOT FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS

        Movie: Freddy vs Jason
        Actress: Kelly Rowland

        I like this film because it’s more of horror comedy. She has a line right before she dies where she’s like “come on Freddy, Freddy sissor-hand” lol. It’s a really funny horror movie.

  5. Ocky "The Thing" Williams | October 8th, 2014
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    Reggie The Reckless – “Friday the 13th: A new Beginning” played by Shavar Ross. I like how he ran Jason over with a bulldozer and I imagined myself doing that as a kid. Oh and he has his own website, reggiethereckless.com

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  6. hannibal
    Hannibal | October 8th, 2014
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    Kinkaid from nightmare on elm st. 3. He was funny and badass. Also, the myth that the black characters always die early is false. This has never really been a thing
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    • UncontrolledXenomorph | October 8th, 2014
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      I haven’t seen this movie since the early 90s at the latest but now that I think about it, wasn’t he still technically alive and just stuck in the world of a junkyard?

  7. Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 8th, 2014
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    “Roger” from Night of The Demons played by, Who gives a fuck.
    The reason why I love this character is quite simple. He was determined to survive. He doesn’t give a shit about saving anyone, or being a hero. He was trying to escape that house before shit even started to happen.

    • hannibal
      Hannibal | October 8th, 2014
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      He turned inti a punk

  8. Nick "Living Dead" Delmacy | October 8th, 2014
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    Miguel Nunez’ hair in Return of the Living Dead!
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  9. Dreamwalker
    Discordance | October 8th, 2014
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    Actor: Brandon Quinton Adams
    Character: “Fool”
    Film: “The People Under the Stairs”
    Why: For being a young “Charles Ramsey” who saves a bunch of white kids AND manages to get the monetary reward he deserves for it.

  10. Ocky "The Thing" Williams | October 8th, 2014
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    Sorry…but so far I think I won this hands down.

    • Dreamwalker
      Discordance | October 8th, 2014
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      Based on…..?

      • Ocky "The Thing" Williams | October 8th, 2014
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        Come on…nobody would have thought of Reggie…one of the only kids to survive Jason Vorhees.

  11. Gabe202 | October 8th, 2014
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    I know this is a site for gay men…but Salli Richardson is FFFFIIIIIINNNNNEEEEE!!!! (in the pic you have with Morris)

    • Ocky "The Thing" Williams | October 8th, 2014
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      In keeping in the horror theme of the post…Jade(Demon Night), Salli, Aaliyah (Queen Of the Damned), Sanaa Lathan (Alien Vs Predator), Jennifer Lopez (Anaconda), Salma Hayek (From Dusk till dawn)…all women of color who have starred in a horror film…who is the sexiest?

      • hannibal
        Hannibal | October 8th, 2014
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        Jada did serve in Demon Knight. I approve. If we’re going with women I would also add the chick from 28 days later…hell, i would add Michonne from Walking Dead.

      • Gabe202 | October 8th, 2014
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        None that you listed…sorry Ock. They were aiiight…but I’d say Halle Berry in Gothika and Salli “sexy” Richardson in Anaconda. Salma Hayek is white BTW. White Hispanics don’t count.

      • SB3
        African "Voodoo" King | October 9th, 2014
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        It’s a tie for me between Jennifer Lopez and Aaliyah.

  12. Dre of the Dead | October 8th, 2014
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    Clarence Williams III
    Tales From the Hood

    This performance is probably why he always makes me feel uneasy.He’s always a strong performer.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc1mL4Qlgq4.

    • Dre of the Dead | October 8th, 2014
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  13. Dreamwalker
    Discordance | October 8th, 2014
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    Honorable Mention
    Actor: Carl Anthony Payne aka “Cole”
    Character: Slasher
    Film: The Feast III Happy Ending
    WORST HORROR MOVIE DEATH OF ALL TIME
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  14. Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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    Taye Diggs-House on Haunted Hill. To be honest I chose him simply because this was released around the time of my sexual awakening…with myself. I always wanted to kiss those lips. I think for the most part he was a smart character. house-on-haunted-hill-digg-copy.jpg

    • Ocky "The Thing" Williams | October 9th, 2014
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      HA you know Diggs only digs the white women.

      • Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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        Which I think I was in my past life. I do like my eggs over easy so…

  15. Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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    I’m surprised no one has thought of Duane Jones from the original Night Of The Living Dead. A black man playing the lead role in a horror movie in the 60’s and fucking zombies up! Also, he wasn’t taking any shit from any of those people. He even slapped the white woman so she’d wake the fuck up.Ben-at-Truck.jpg

    • Ocky "The Thing" Williams | October 9th, 2014
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      Look at the first lead man in the article and tell me what’s wrong with your comment LOL

      • Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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        Lol damn! I got so excited too! Touché mother fucker, touché.

  16. Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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    Toy Newkirk aka. Sheila Kopecky-Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (Thanks @Hannibal). Sheila wasn’t strong and quite frankly didn’t last that long, but this nerdy Denise Huxtable was quite intelligent. Her death was not in vain. Once she was murdered her power of intellect was passed on to her friend Alice accompanied by other powers (acquired by deaths of her friends and brother) to defeat Freddy. Or so we thought.Sheila1.png

  17. Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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    Michelle Rodriguez- Resident Evil
    She is just such a badass. I’m legit afraid of her.

    • Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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  18. Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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    Natalie Mendoza-The Descent & The Descent 2
    This chick right here is someone you’d want on your side in an underground onslaught by blind creatures with sharp teeth and claws.
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  19. Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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    Allen Payne-Vampire in Brooklyn
    Need I say anything?
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    • Dre of the Dead | October 9th, 2014
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      I was debating whether or not I would post him.

      • Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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        I did it for you. I’m a big fan of Justice. WIthout him there’s no peace, or piece.

  20. Michael "Candyman" Brown | October 9th, 2014
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    Merwin Mondesir and Khalil Kain-Bones
    I’m having a hard time thinking of people. I don’t even think these two were likeable, but they were cute.

  21. Nick "Living Dead" Delmacy | October 9th, 2014
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    Actor: Doug E. Doug in the cheesy horror film, Dr. Giggles.
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    I used to think Doug was funny in everything I saw him in when I was a teenager. I actually went to see this movie in the theater. Let’s just say I was one of the only people in the crowd, lol

  22. Nick "Living Dead" Delmacy | October 9th, 2014
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    Lee Thompson Young (R.I.P) in The Hills Have Eyes 2.

    Sad that this talented dude was struggling so much on the inside. Always liked him.

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  23. alton
    NYCforEVER | October 9th, 2014
    +1

    You mentioned my pick in the subject, Tony Todd from “Candyman”.

  24. Rod Turpin
    Roooooooooood! | October 9th, 2014
    +1

    Definitely Morris Chestnut (as mentioned above). Mostly for visual reasons 😛