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Introduction: Studying Blacks and Horror Films

Jurassic Park may have been thrilling science fi ction entertainment to some in that darkened Columbia, Missouri movie theater, but for me this early scene of Black annihilation promised a horror show. I recall spending several minutes mourning Black guard #1 (Jophery C. Brown), whose death was witnessed for the singular purpose of evidencing what we all already know — that a velociraptor is a bad-ass monster. To be sure, fi lmmakers such as Steven Spielberg savvily toy around with audiences’ expectations, to include fi guring out that there is no better way to demonstrate someone’s, or some thing ’s, extreme deadliness than for it to secure a bloodbath victory over a Black man with a big black gun.