An upcoming documentary you definitely should know about, courtesy of the Graveyard Shift Sisters blog (which celebrates Black women and women of color in the horror and sci-fi).
Titled “My Final Girl: The Black Women of 70s Horror Cinema,” from director Kristina Leath-Malin, the film surveys the American horror film tradition of the 1970s through early 1980s with focus on the contributions made by black women.
Currently in post-production, the film features notable artists of the period, as well as scholars like: Marlene Clark, Beverly Bonner, Gloria Gifford, Pam Grier, Dr. Robin Means-Coleman, Dr. Isabel Pinedo, Sam Waymon, Dolores Smith, and many more.
This is definitely a singular work, because I can’t say that the subject matter it will document is one that has previously been the focus of past films. So I’m certainly looking forward to what director Leath-Malin is putting together here.
“Final Girl” in the title of course refers to the Hollywood horror/slasher movie trope defined as the last character (often a young woman who is typically white) left alive to confront the killer/slasher.
We’ll chat with the director in the near future, I’m sure; but, in the meantime, check out a very early trailer for the upcoming film: