Discussion Questions for “Tales from the Hood”

From its opening scenes, this film feels different from the other horror movies in our current series. How? Why? Describe our narrator, the mortician Mr. Simms. How is this framing device useful for the collection of short tales that follow and how does it link them together into a coherent narrative? What is the significanceContinue reading “Discussion Questions for “Tales from the Hood””

Read This Before You Watch “The People Under the Stairs”

Like his fellow white horror George Romero did with “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) writer-director Wes Craven places a Black hero at the center of his 1991 horror film “The People Under the Stairs”; however, unlike Romero, Craven clearly wrote and cast the lead role for a young Black actor, Brandon Quintin Adams asContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “The People Under the Stairs””

Discussion Questions for “The People Under the Stairs”

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. What is the significance of the title “The People Under the Stairs” both specifically to the narrative of the film and looking at the term from a broader cultural context? What sorts of people are “under the stairs” and why? As theContinue reading “Discussion Questions for “The People Under the Stairs””

Discussion Questions for “Ganja & Hess”

Write a paragraph or two in response to each of the following prompts. As implied by the title, we have two main protagonists in “Ganja & Hess.” Describe each of their individual characters. How do they dress and present themselves? What do they desire separately and together? Discuss their relationship. How do all of theseContinue reading “Discussion Questions for “Ganja & Hess””

Read This Before You Watch “Night of the Living Dead”

This week we start our exploration of Black representation in horror films by watching “Night of Living Dead” (1968), the feature debut from George A. Romero who went on to become of the horror genre’s great directors and to create his own cottage industry of “living dead” movies. Romero famously said he co-wrote the movie’sContinue reading “Read This Before You Watch “Night of the Living Dead””

Black Representation in Horror Films, Part 1

Professor Chuck announces a new five-week horror film series exploring Black Representation in Horror Films from the late 1960s to the mid-90s. This sequence forms the first half of a horror film series exploring black horror films to the present day. Those interested are invited to participate in Part 1, Part 2, or both. EnrolledContinue reading “Black Representation in Horror Films, Part 1”