I'm a Survivor: Black Actors Who Didn't Die in Horror Films

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  • Brandy, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Keith David, The Thing
  • Brandon Adams, The People Under the Stairs
  • Duane Martin, Scream 2
  • Jada Pinkett-Smith, Demon Knight
  • Tanedra Howard, Saw VI
  • Morris Chestnut, The Cave
  • Usher, The Faculty
  • Kasi Lemmons, The Silence of the Lambs
  • Nia Long, Stigmata
  • LL Cool J, Halloween: H20
  • Laurence Fishburne, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warrior
  • Morgan Freeman, Se7en
  • Loretta Devine, Urban Legend
  • Taye Diggs, The House on Haunted Hill

Keith David in The Thing

In John Carpenter's 1982 cult classic The Thing, David plays the chief mechanic at a government research station in Antarctica. He discovers and adopts a death-defying canine only to find the animal has been possessed by an extraterrestrial being who body-hops its way around the station, leaving all but David and one other lucky survivor for dead. Keith David is arguably one of the first Black characters to survive a horror flick.  

(Photo: Universal Pictures)

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