Horror Movies Where the Black Guy Survives
Anyone who enjoys horror movies knows the drill: the black guy dies first. Whether the result of subtle racism or simply color blind casting for minor characters, a person of color in a slasher flick has the life expectancy of a census taker in the Appalachians. However, things do change: sometimes, just sometimes, the black guy survives the horror movie.
The best way to survive a horror movie, of course, is to be the biggest name in the film. Once studio execs realized that an African-American actor could actually headline a film, you saw some bigger names in horror movies.
So, without any further ado, here is a list of movies where the black guy survives the slasher, evades the monsters, and manages NOT to run off to have sex in the forest.
Ice Cube in Anaconda
Sure, Ice Cube might be cuddling up to middle America nowadays by appearing in run-of-the-mill family comedies where he learns valuable lessons about love and laughter, but once upon a time he was a much more intimidating figure. That's why it was so surprising he survived Anaconda, a movie about a giant Amazon snake with a taste for flesh.
Not only was this a horror movie where the black guy survived, but the Latin-flavored Miss Jennifer Lopez managed to make it out in one piece too. To have two minority characters survive a horror movie is rare, so cheers to Anaconda, a B-movie that surprises us all the way to the end.
Ken Sagoes in A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
I won't say that Dream Warriors is the best Nightmare on Elm Street Movie (that honor belongs to New Nightmare), but it was certainly one of the most badass. In this sequel, the victims turn the tables on Freddy and join together to fight him in their dreams. In the dream realm, they're able to use super powers, not unlike a blood-soaked version of the X-Men.
One of the Dream Warriors is Roland. When fighting Freddy in dreams, he has super strength. In a shocking twist (especially for the 80s), Roland not only fights Freddy but survives the experience. This is one of the earliest examples I can recall of a black dude surviving a horror film.
Don't get too excited, though: he shows up again in the A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and is promptly killed off.
Richard T. Jones in Event Horizon
Despite starring Lawrence Fishburn, there's only one black guy who survives this horror movie and his name ain't Morpheus. Richard T. Jones, playing comic relief Cooper actually manages to make it in and out of this Hellraiser inspired sci-fi flick in one piece. Of course, to do it he had to spend half the film adrift in space and uninvolved in the horror occurring on the abandoned spaceship.
Like many scary movies, Event Horizon ends with the implication that the killing is not over and our survivors are probably about to be chopped to pieces. But he made it until the end and we don't see anything bad happen to him, so we're gonna give Event Horizon a pass.
Busta Rhymes in Halloween: Ressurection
Well. This movie tried. Most Halloween fans would probably prefer to just forget this one happened, but history is history right? In this one, not only does the black dude survive the horror movie, but he kicks some butt on the way. The latter half of Ressurection is mostly a vehicle for Busta to jump around the building, do some kung-fu, and mainly beat the crap out of Michael Myers.
I don't know where they got it in their heads to let this happen, but it was more amusing than it deserved to be. Also check out Tyra Banks get what's coming to her and a pre-Battlestar Galactica Katie Sackhoff not be tough.
That Kid From Childs Play 3
I'm not sure if this one really counts. I mean, I am pretty sure the "no killing kids" rule is stronger than the "the black guy is always the first to die" rule. Still, Chuckie doesn't get to finish up his business on the only major minority character in the third Child's Play installment.
In some ways, it is a shame, since he is actually one of the most irritating characters ever caught on film. But, what can we really expect of a young kid forced to grow up on a military base? Probably not a lot of time for Yu-Gi-Oh or whatever dumb things normal kids do.