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7 of the Fiercest Black Women in Horror Films

What do all the women below have in common? They are far from the average scream queen. Growing up watching horror films, I didn’t see many black women in horror and often wondered why. Whenever I would see black women in horror features, their characters were either stereotypical in the most offensive way or the sidekick to a Caucasian friend…or even sometimes…both! There are all types of black women in life, so why are they relegated to bit parts and sidekick roles in most horror films? To remedy that, I have decided to showcase 7 examples of fierce black women in horror films. Why? Because I’m quite fierce myself! Just kidding….kind of.

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Miranda Grey – Gothika 
Sure, we all thought she was crazy; however, Miranda proved us all wrong by seeking justice in the most bloody and violent way on her own husband. And as it turns out, she wasn’t even a little bit crazy.


Lorena Christophe – The House on Skull Mountain
Her family members were dying left and right around her, but somehow Lorena still managed to look fabulous and keep her cool through all the distress!


Rita Veder – Vampire in Brooklyn 
Detective Rita Veder was always a night owl and feared she was going crazy like her mother when in reality, she was half vampire! Guys, I’m a night owl minus the crazy. Could I be a half vampire?


Diana ‘Sugar’ Hill – Sugar Hill 
Sugar was madly in love with her boyfriend and would do anything for him, even kill. A strong woman that is willing to do anything for her significant other regardless of the body count is a force to be reckoned with in my book!


Alexa Woods – AVP: Alien vs. Predator 
Not only did Alexa lead a group of scientists in an expedition through Antartica, she was the only human left to kill an alien! Strength, beauty,and brains. She has it all!


Jeryline – Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight 
In this cult classic, Jerlyline is the definition of survivor. She wasn’t afraid to speak her mind nor kick a serious amount of ass, both of which she did!

TALES FROM THE CRYPT PRESENTS: DEMON KNIGHT, Jada Pinkett, 1995. (c) MCA/Universal Pictures

Selena – 28 Days Later 
Selena did absolutely anything to survive the zombie apocalypse, even if that meant killing off a close friend or enduring a bloodbath. She was a truly impressive character and has even been showcased on the site as a noteworthy heroine of horror.



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Written by Zena Dixon
In addition to contributing to Wicked Horror, Zena Dixon has been writing about all things creepy and horrific at Real Queen of Horror for over three years. She has also contributed to iHorror and Bloody Disgusting. She has always loved horror films and someday hopes to be known for writing and directing her own feature-length horror pictures.
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