seen this movie! The black guy dies first!"
OFFICIAL TRAILER FOR "LIFE"
When I first began THE UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT back in 1998 at the
old geocities site, I was criticized for creating a lie. My ALERT simply said:
I had my many detractors at the time who said things like:
"It's your imagination."
"You need to get a life."
The latest one I've heard is
man I'm done! Brothers never survive these things!"
So I challenged my critics to go out and see 5 Horror/Thriller movies: any five, their choice. All I asked is that the movie have minorities in the cast (not some quick walk on or someone in the background of a crowd scene).
So these fellow fans of horror went out. They came back with a few movie titles where the THE RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT did not apply, and in fairness I list those films here. But they also came back with an overwhelming number of movies where the "rule" did apply, and they were amazed.
From then on, I added the words UNFAIR to THE RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT. The UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHÉ ALERT specifically applies to movies made or backed by Hollywood, as I have not seen this "Rule Of Death" appear so consistently in Independent movies or movies made outside of the United States.
This page was created on January 8, 2000.
The reason for this is simple. With every new Horror/Thriller movie coming out, the list keeps growing. I used to post it only where applicable to the movies reviewed, but now the list is too long. It needs its own place.
I welcome any who challenge the ALERT to offer me movie titles that contradict this page.
I will gladly post the titles of the accurate ones.The list, inexplicably, does not include Hollywood Horror Comedies. Why? Who knows? But Hollywood Horror Comedies seemingly never follow the UNFAIR RACIAL CLICHE ALERT. It's as if someone in the command chain says, "Whoa! I hate minorities the same as the rest of you, but this is comedy we're talking about and that has a completely different set of rules! No killing off all the minorities in a comedy!"
99 Coincidences and Counting!
"Along with me I'm gonna need a scientist, an engineer, and of course, a black person to sacrifice himself in case something goes wrong."
Some people think I'm more important than you (I don't, but they do. You know how they are) and this is their (HA!) evidence.INTERVIEWS
Joe Mynhardt interviews E.C. McMullen Jr. in the book Horror 201: The Silver Scream.
Matt Jarbo's interview with Feo Amante at The Zurvivalist.
James Cheetham's Q&A with Feo Amante at Unconventional Interviews *.
Researcher David Waldron, references my review of UNDERWORLD in the Spring 2005, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture entry, Role-Playing Games and the Christian Right: Community Formation in Response to a Moral Panic (downloadable pdf).
E.C. McMullen Jr.
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