#VundaHalloweenAthon Day 2: "Black Horror"

Welcome to Day 2 of our #VundaHalloweenAthon 

The 2nd theme of the month is "Black Horror." This Saturday is a great day to get your spooky vibes and celebrate some Black Horror classics (or new classics). 

In defining the theme we turn to a description outlined on the website for Horror Noire Executive Producer Tananarive Due and author/screenwriter Steven Barnes's six-part online course, "The Sunken Place: Black Horror" (based on Due's UCLA class "The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival, and the Black Horror Aesthetic"): “We define 'Black Horror' as Horror by Black creators and/or featuring a Black protagonist(s) in service to a story through a Black lens. Black creators may (though not always) tackle themes of social justice, ritual and magic, ancestors, and Black survival in their work. But all Black Horror combats the erasure of Black voices in Horror.”

It might be an oldie you just never got around to seeing or something from a fresh young filmmaker who you haven't given a chance yet. The sky is the limit and bonus Pumpkin Points if you watch more than one movie a day on the theme! 7 extra Pumpkin Points if you watch something new to you today. 

Here are a few recommendations from the team, taken from our own watchlists for today...

Group Pick: Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (1995) directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, is streaming on Starz and has one of the most badass female protagonist in all film-dom Jerlyne played to perfection by Jada Pinkett Smith sparring with Billy Zane as an "over-the-top bonkers demon lord" (Austin Trunick, Under the Radar)...need we say more...?

-Get Out (2017) directed by Jordan Peele - 1h 44m - YouTubeTV
-Candyman (1992) directed by Bernard Rose - 1h 39m - Tubi
-His House (2020) directed by Remi Weekes - 1h 33m - Netflix
-Bad Hair (2020) directed by Justin Simien - 1h 42m - Hulu

-Def By Temptation (1990) directed by James Bond III - 1h 31m - Shudder
-Blacula (1972) directed by William Crain - 1h 32m - Shudder, PlutoTV

-Alien vs. Predator (2004) directed by Paul W.S. Anderson - 1h 41m - AMC Peacock
-Us (2019) directed by Jordan Peele - 1h 56m 

-Hair Wolf (2018) directed by Mariama Diallo - 12m - Criterion Channel, Amazon Prime

Tell us about your picks on social media by tagging @Vundacast or @Vundablog and #VundaHalloweenAthon in your tweets or posts.

Our official #VundaHalloweenAthon art was done by Josh Stifter who is not only an artist but a filmmaker. If you subscribe to his Flush Studios Patreon you can access great behind the scenes content. He has two feature length films: The Good Exorcist is a comedic horror film made for $7000 under the supervision of Robert Rodriguez available on TromaNOW (perfect for "Spooky & Spiritual" day) or ask Josh about Greywood's Plot a film about friendship and cryptids, which is touring the world at film festivals. Josh also has tons of great horror shorts we might be recommending later in the month.


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