“The Quagmire of Race and Horror in Cinema”

Dani Bethea kicks off Gayly Dreadful’s Pride Month with a meditation on race, gender, gender presentation and horror in cinema. “Particular intricacies always exist in the stories and lives of Black people, especially in the framing of (horror) imagery. As a Black American, I have a very particular lens in which I view the world and its media properties. While horror films regularly have to contend with the consequences of being situated in a black-and-white world, oftentimes the lines get blurred between the science fiction and horror genres. For this reason, the threat for Black people in a film can be quadrupled via human monsters, the supernatural, and/or an alien creature from another world.”

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