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The Blaxploitation Horror Film

Adaptation, Appropriation and the Gothic

A comparative analysis of how mainstream and Blaxploitation horror films interpret and adapt classic Gothic tales.
This book is the first to put Blaxploitation horror films such as Blacula in conversation with both mainstream horror movies and classic Gothic stories. Jamil Mustafa argues that mainstream horror films adapt while Blaxploitation horror films appropriate the vampire, the Frankenstein monster, the evil spirit, the zombie, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the werewolf for their unique audiences and purposes. Ultimately, he reveals how Blaxploitation horror films reinvent the archetypes of Gothic fiction and film, not to exploit but to satisfy Black audiences.

272 pages | 10 halftones | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Horror Studies

Film Studies

Media Studies

Political Science: Race and Politics

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Blaxploitation, Adaptation/Appropriation and the (Black) Gothic

1. Queer Bloodlines: The Vampire

2. Making Monsters: Frankenstein’s Creature

3. Beyond ‘the animal within’: Jekyll/Hyde and the Werewolf

4. Body and Soul: The Zombie and the Evil Spirit

Conclusion: The Legacy of the Blaxploitation Horror Film

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