People of Color in Genre (seen)by Pantstrovich | created - 19 Nov 2016 | updated - 5 months ago | Public
Because people of color are so woefully absent in genres like horror, sci-fi and fantasy.
I want to see more of them in these types of films/TV in particular. I especially would like to see more PoC led films and TV.
Trying to avoid token PoC or otherwise fairly offensive stereotypes (Sorry, Mr. Miyagi) in this list. I am not saying all of these depictions are totally okay either. (Or that Mr. Miyagi is totally offensive either; just very trope-y.)
I mainly only mentioned actors by name, who are more important to me, having grown up with them, like LeVar Burton, who is awesome.
I'm not going to bother mentioning Star Trek's movies. They basically count as episodes.
Not sure if I want to do animation or otherwise voice acting, like with James Earl Jones being Darth Vader's voice.
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1. Blade (1998)
R | 120 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.
Votes: 219,538 | Gross: $70.09M
And its sequels.
2. Tales from the Hood (1995)
R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
A funeral director tells four strange tales of horror with an African American focus to three drug dealers he traps in his place of business.
Votes: 5,648 | Gross: $11.80M
Warning: Some messed up domestic abuse & actual images from lynchings of black people. Those were just one scene, but really disturbing.
3. Blacula (1972)
PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance
An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.
Votes: 4,881 | Gross: $2.18M
Ahead of its time and not half as goofy as its title. Mamuwalde was played by William Marshall, who was The King of Cartoons on Pee-wee's Playhouse (except for season 1, in which he was played by Gilbert Lewis).
4. Leprechaun in the Hood (2000 Video)
R | 90 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
When three rappers want to get even with a pimp, they accidentally unleash a leprechaun who goes on a killing rampage in the 'hood.
Warning: Stereotype of a trans woman in particular is kind of offensive. Really stupid & good for a laugh if you like stupid horror-comedy & gore. The movie after, #6, is only good for the bong scene.
5. The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
R | 108 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
A mute alien with the appearance of a black human is chased by outer-space bounty hunters through the streets of Harlem.
Votes: 5,034 | Gross: $3.70M
Sounds goofy, but it's mostly a message film about immigrants & Harlem culture. Odd pacing & ocassionally hard to follow because of mute main character. I appreciate it for being different.
6. Ash vs Evil Dead (2015–2018)
TV-MA | 30 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Ash has spent the last thirty years avoiding responsibility, maturity, and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind's only hope.
While not PoC led, you can see just by the cover that most main characters are PoC (nevermind; one is missing). Though some were stereotypical. Could have been better, but I really want to see the second season now, so it's obviously made an impression.
R | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.
Votes: 60,611 | Gross: $44.79M
Yes, there is only one black Dream Warrior (Kincaid - Ken Sagoes), but I don't think they put him in to just be a token black guy. There was also Max, the main orderly, played by Laurence Fishburne. I'm really fond of both characters, so there's no way I'm leaving them out. Kincaid is my second favourite character, next to Freddy, out of all (8) of the movies!
R | 93 min | Horror
Freddy Krueger returns once again to terrorize the dreams of the remaining Dream Warriors, as well as those of a young woman who may be able to defeat him for good.
Votes: 43,284 | Gross: $49.37M
Sheila has always been a big favourite of mine, partially for being one of the few black nerds I've ever seen in media of any sort. Filmmakers: There are all kinds of black people! Take note! Kincaid was also in this film & I still resent that this series has been predominantly white, suburban horror, like most horror. :/
9. Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986–1991)
TV-PG | 30 min | Family, Comedy, Musical
Pee-Wee Herman and his friends have wacky, imaginative fun in his unique playhouse.
Weirdo fantasy sh!t, so it counts. Paul Reubens has always had diverse characters on his shows, such as Cowboy Curtis (Laurence Fishburne), Reba the Mail Lady, The King of Cartoons, Tito, Ricardo, etc. Big fan.
10. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,447,097 | Gross: $171.48M
And its sequels. Though I'm going to have to point out that Laurence Fishburne's character, Morpheus, is basically the little old Asian mentor stereotype. People would fuss if I didn't include him though. :p
11. Star Trek (1966–1969)
TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the 23rd Century, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets.
Where would we be without our beloved Uhura & Sulu? Star Trek was always ahead of its time culturally. Seeing Nichelle Nichols play Uhura is what made Whoopie Goldberg think that she could play Guinan in the next series, and our dear Uncle Takei has been fighting for diversity and human rights as long as he's been able. So much love to them! Uhura & Kirk is widely considered to be the first interracial kiss shown on US TV. Nichelle Nichols also encouraged black women to join NASA. They've both done a lot to help move us forward. (I grew up on the reruns. Loved it as a kid.)
12. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)
TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery
Set seven to eight decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.
TNG continued the first Star Trek's vision of a better future, with PoC characters like Geordi, Guinan (big fave of mine), Worf (love him too), Troi, Keiko, etc. Whoopie Goldberg has said that she knew she could play Guinan by seeing Uhura in the previous series. She has said, that she said to her mother after seeing Uhura: "I just saw a black woman on television; and she ain't no maid!" Possibly that trivia could have gone in the TOS notes, but I already said too much there. (Also grew up with. Maybe helped shape who I am.)
13. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)
TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy.
Finally we have a black captain (Sisko)! As well as his son (Jake), Julian Bashir, Worf again, etc.
14. Ghost (1990)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Votes: 173,789 | Gross: $217.63M
Whoopie Goldberg's Oda Mae.
15. The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns (1999– )
139 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family
American businessman Jack Woods rents a cottage on the enchanted Emerald Isle which is occupied by a family of leprechauns. Leprechaun Seamus Muldoon's son and son's friends crash the ... See full summary »
Whoopie Goldberg played the Grand Banshee, which if I'm remembering correctly, was basically the queen of fairies.
16. The Midnight Hour (1985 TV Movie)
Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance
Phil, Melissa, Mitch, Mary, and Vinnie are high school friends, who unwittingly raise the dead on Halloween night. Once the dead have returned, Pitchford Cove will never be the same again....or will it?
Melissa, Vinnie (LeVar Burton - Yay!) and Lucinda.
17. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.
Votes: 886,846 | Gross: $333.18M
Green is a colour. :p
18. Vampire in Brooklyn (1995)
R | 100 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Maximillian is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a ... See full summary »
Votes: 19,353 | Gross: $19.75M
Haven't seen this in a long while. Time for a rewatch.
19. The Wiz (1978)
G | 134 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
An adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.
Votes: 12,332 | Gross: $21.05M
Almost forgot. This was an interesting depiction. Scared the crap out of me as a kid.
20. Warehouse 13 (2009–2014)
TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
After saving the life of the President in Washington D.C., a pair of U.S Secret Service agents are whisked away to a covert location in South Dakota that houses supernatural objects that ... See full summary »
She wasn't exactly a main character, but she was their main boss, and she had a pretty awesome presence when she was there - CCH Pounder as Mrs. Frederic. There was also Leena, their energy reader. Saul Rubinek (Artie), is also Polish-Isreali, which probably counts.
21. The Green Mile (1999)
R | 189 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy
The lives of guards on Death Row are affected by one of their charges: a black man accused of child murder and rape, yet who has a mysterious gift.
Votes: 966,070 | Gross: $136.80M
Almost don't want to add it, because Michael Clarke Duncan definitely was playing a common stereotype, for the most part, as John Coffey, but man, his performance really squeezed the stuffing out of you. I can't even watch this again because it was so upsetting.
22. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After being exiled from the most advanced town in post apocalyptic Australia, a drifter travels with a group of abandoned children to rebel against the town's queen.
Votes: 115,186 | Gross: $36.20M
Does Tina Turner count as a stereotype in this? Maybe an 80's stereotype. She's practically Jereth the Goblin King (which was the year after) in this. :p
23. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.
Votes: 390,986 | Gross: $63.54M
Black president of the US. I think a few of sci-fi movies have had black presidents, but I can't remember which ones. Should I even mention Chris Tucker as Ruby Rodd? I did love his character though, even if he was super obnoxious. Super green!
24. Heroes (II) (2006–2010)
TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Common people discover that they have super powers. Their lives intertwine as a devastating event must be prevented.
Hiro, Ando, Suresh, Micah, Kaito Nakamura (George Takei), D. L., etc. Michael Dorn (Worf) was another black president.
25. Batman (1966–1968)
TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Caped Crusader and his young ward battle evildoers in Gotham City.
I know she wasn't a popular Catwoman, but Eartha Kitt was a pretty cool Catwoman in season 3. Didn't want to leave her out, as another of our first black ladies on TV that "ain't no maid."
26. Robot Stories (2003)
Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Winner of over 23 awards, "Robot Stories" is science fiction from the heart, four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android office... See full summary »
Votes: 1,361 | Gross: $0.13M
Been a long while since I've seen this.
27. Captain America: Civil War (2016)
PG-13 | 147 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Political involvement in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.
Votes: 531,744 | Gross: $408.08M
With Black Panther being introduced. I'm excited to see his movie.
28. Black Panther (2010)
TV-14 | Animation, Action, Adventure
Black Panther is the ruler and protector of the African nation of Wakanda. Using technology, wits, and extraordinary fighting ability he must protect his nation from an invasion led by Ulysses Klaw, the man who killed his father.
I am going to mention this animated series, because it's rad as hell.
29. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
PG-13 | 136 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Three decades after the Empire's defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and the scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance's search for the missing Luke Skywalker.
Votes: 759,676 | Gross: $936.66M
Mainly for Finn.
30. The Chronicles of Riddick (2004)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The wanted criminal Riddick arrives on a planet called Helion Prime, and finds himself up against an invading empire called the Necromongers, an army that plans to convert or kill all humans in the universe.
Votes: 200,787 | Gross: $57.76M
31. Pitch Black (2000)
R | 109 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A commercial transport ship and its crew are marooned on a planet full of bloodthirsty creatures that only come out to feast at night. But then, they learn that a month-long eclipse is about to occur.
Votes: 210,732 | Gross: $39.24M
32. District 9 (2009)
R | 112 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions on Earth suddenly finds a kindred spirit in a government agent who is exposed to their biotechnology.
Votes: 590,916 | Gross: $115.65M
33. The Mummy Returns (2001)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
The mummified body of Imhotep is shipped to a museum in London, where he once again wakes and begins his campaign of rage and terror.
Votes: 277,048 | Gross: $202.02M
34. Doctor Dolittle (1998)
PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A doctor discovers that he can communicate with animals.
Votes: 84,336 | Gross: $144.16M
Stupid, but I saw it and it's fantasy, so I guess it counts.
35. Westworld (1973)
PG | 88 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.
Yul Brynner, of course.
36. Under the Shadow (2016)
PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.
Votes: 17,177 | Gross: $0.03M
37. México Bárbaro (2014)
Not Rated | 114 min | Horror
Eight Mexican directors unite to bring tales of the most brutally terrifying Mexican traditions and legends to vividly shocking life.
Directors: Isaac Ezban, Laurette Flores Bornn, Jorge Michel Grau, Ulises Guzman, Edgar Nito, Lex Ortega, Gigi Saul Guerrero, Aaron Soto | Stars: Adrián Aguirre, Dulce Alexa, Leslie Arce, Leif Bridgman
38. Candyman (1992)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
Votes: 57,193 | Gross: $25.79M
39. The Shape of Water (2017)
R | 123 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.
Votes: 263,995 | Gross: $63.86M
40. Black Panther (2018)
PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After the death of his father, Prince T'Challa ascends to the throne of the small African country of Wakanda. T'Challa is also Black Panther, superhero. Now not only must he govern his country but defeat a dangerous adversary.
Votes: 414,355 | Gross: $700.06M
41. Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017)
PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.
Votes: 426,452 | Gross: $620.18M
Really upset about the actors getting harassed.