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The sticky cultural, social, and political swarm of an iconic horror fixture

Bee, with a black background.

Nia DaCosta’s Candyman.

Nia DaCosta’s Candyman.

Nia DaCosta’s Candyman.

Nia DaCosta’s Candyman.

Nia DaCosta’s Candyman.

Perhaps if I/you/we say her name 5 times, she will finally get the recognition she deserves on every media outlet that’s (deliberately or unintentionally) erasing her. In one weekend, her film made back its entire budget in coupled domestic and international sales, making her the first Black female Director with a #1 film at the box office.

Wow. The first.

With all of this heralded praise and literal buzz surrounding the film, it was sobering to read about DaCosta’s experiences of on-set misogynoir.

“It’s not…

Contextualizing the modern zonbi.

Yaya Abdul Mateen II. Photo Courtesy of GQ Middle East.

“This neighborhood’s haunted.”

Cabrini-Green. A symbol of a seemingly bygone era of rejuvenation, redlining, urban blight, and lastly gentrification. Indeed, a brief, austere, and emotionally detached labeling. Lest we forget this was a community where almost 15,000 Black people lived, worked, and survived. It’s critical that the first series of images are of Cabrini in the second official Candyman trailer. …

When kink, history, and horror coalesce.

*Wipe up that puddle of drool, you’re in the presence of a Lady.*

With the grand debut of Resident Evil Village (2021) looming on the horizon, I was compelled to write about the gaming world’s statuesque stunner that’s uniquely enraptured the Internet.

The one.The only.Alcina Dimitrescu.💋

With her silky flowing cream-colored dress, beautiful necklace of pearls upon her impressive décolletage, subtle but well-worn leather gloves, and hat that eclipses the sun (these things and more) made her the loveliest sight for quarantine-eyes.

In the earliest Maiden demo, if one searched every corner of the playable experience you may have found Alcina’s towering dress mannequin with her signature garment and spectacular hat…

…and the dismantling of anti-blackness.

Deborah Ayorinde as Lucky Emory in Amazon’s Them (2021).

*Warning! Spoilers ahead.*

Amazon’s Them (2021), despite all of my predictions in my trailer analysis, did do something vital and imperative: critique ‘whiteness’ and white supremacy. I clocked a lot of the series themes in my initial analyses of the trailer, so if you’d like to read that first I’d highly recommend you do so.

Them immediately lets you know that the main characters are constantly in danger from internal and external forces (seemingly beyond their control). Indeed a malevolent entity, that was once human, is orchestrating a percentage of the woes that befall them…

A cinematic journey through music and horror.

The ‘red’ Weeknd. *Shout out to the makeup artists, because wow!*

**Content/Trigger Warning: Discussions and/or Visuals of drug use, necrophilia, self-harm, suicide, blood**

First and foremost, I have an interesting relationship with the Weeknd as an artist. He’s always been on the periphery of my radar but somehow melded into the tapestry of other ‘new’ artists. (I call a lot of musical performers this because a lot of them do not have the longevity or legacy of previous entertainers). …

A study in cautious optimism.

A Black family at home: Them (2021) Amazon Prime.

The Great Twitter Debate.

For context, I’m infrequently on Twitter. When I’m there, I AM THERE, when I’m not, well I’m not. So, over the past few days, on the platform I missed the impetus of the great skirmish about Black horror vs Black people in horror; to include, there was an equally important conversation about the visual tradition of the medium.

I was on the periphery of the goings-on, so I did a bit of digging and the crux of the conversation was two things. First, the 1 year anniversary of the film Us by Jordan Peele and…

Black Past Meets Black Future.

If I’m Being Honest (2018): by dodie

Have you ever experienced a piece of media that drastically alters your world and sets your imagination alight? Does the very ideation of the concept destruct and reconstruct everything you’ve attached to your identity? What happens when the words or images themselves have been seared inextricably onto that special place in your heart? …

A film franchise with amazing shoes.

Reebok Alien Stomper: Ripley (2016) + Sigourney Weaver and Carrie Henn

How far would you go to collect a material obsession? Would you spend hundreds to thousands of dollars? Well, here’s a personal story about the intersection of fashion and nerdom. So, let’s establish some ground rules. There are levels to every individual’s collectibles, memorabilia, and keepsakes. A small designated shelf or entire rooms are dedicated to the practice of maintaining space for our prized possessions, right? Well, maybe not everyone, but for some people, it’s clothes, figurines, posters, music, film, video-games or any plethora of things that require meticulous sorting and cleanliness. Each of…

…and the history that shaped it.

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019) is the most incredibly robust and thought-provoking documentary to date about the relationship with the horror genre from a Black American perspective. Based on the book of the same name entitled, Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (2011) by Robin Means Coleman, the documentary goes even further by examining the Black presence in horror from the very inception of celluloid itself and beyond. …

Perchance to dream

Fears from a child’s perspective are unlimited in scope, but the creators of Little Nightmares have somehow been able to capture the very aesthetic of horror from the diminutive framing of childhood terrors. The latest and perhaps last trailer before the release of Little Nightmares II, entitled Nightmares Explained with Derren Brown, delves into the very machinations of horror and why they unnerve so.

“Dreams. Nothing more than outside stimuli playing out in the theatre of the sleeping mind…but what of nightmares? Some would say they serve an evolutionary purpose. A survival mechanism. Our minds planning escape from our everyday…

Dani Bethea

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