The “black guy always dies” stereotype has been a staple of horror films for decades. But sometimes they actually make it all the way to the end, and here are the six best examples.
I didn’t say it was fair, and I certainly don’t agree with it. But, if a black character is introduced into the story when watching a horror movie, don’t get too attached. Most likely, they’ll be among the first to go.
Still, there are other horror films which break the mold by actually having the black guy survive. It’s such a rare occurrence that any time it happens, one can’t help but be surprised. Let’s look at the six best examples of these films, starting with…
Ken Foree in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3 (Image courtesy of New Line Cinema)
6. Ken Foree in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III: Leatherface
When Ken Foree appears in the third Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie, his odds of survival weren’t high. Brought into the story by way of a car crash, Foree’s character Benny seems as if he’ll be meeting the chainsaw soon enough.
Leatherface and his murderous family stalk Benny and the other survivors. It culminates in a fight between Leatherface and Benny in a bog. Benny tragically loses the fight when his head is forced into the chainsaw blade, making him sink out of sight.
But wait, there’s a twist! In the ending of the film, Benny is revealed to have somehow survived (don’t ask). He literally just shows back up at the end to be like, “Hey, I lived!” It didn’t make much sense, but I was still happy to see Benny alive.
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