7 Key Black Characters In Horror Movies, From The '60s To Today


The Candyman – Candyman (1992)

Candyman is huge for black actors in horror since we had our first real franchise character (outside of Blacula) with Tony Todd as the eponymous Candyman. Candyman was based off a Clive Barker short story called “The Forbidden” and was the son of a slave who is brought back to life. Horror icons were all the rage back in the ‘80s and ‘90s, with Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Pinhead, and Chucky, all being staples of the genre. But the cool thing was that Tony Todd as The Candyman could also be added to that list. 

And now, we have a new one, produced by Jordan Peele, coming. Make noise! And by that, I mean a bee noise, of course. Bzzzz! Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs from 1991 also had a few black actors in it, including Ving Rhames, Bill Cobbs as Grandpa Booker, and a young Brandon Adams as Fool.


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