Karen Black, Dies August 8th, 2013
Trilogy of Terror is one of my fave horror films of all time and Karen Black played fantastic roles in each segment. She was a quirky actress playing quirky characters that seemed as if they could only have been played by her. I’m glad she had a comeback in recent years mostly thanks to Rob Zombie who plucked her out of aging obscurity to star in House of 1000 Corpses. She was not always a horror movie actress and not always the victim. She often liked to play the antagonist in sinister roles that had her dishing out the nasty as good as any evil male character. Because of this, I’m not sure if she could be considered a Scream Queen. She was often the reason for the screams. Her most famous non-horror roles were a supporting role in Easy Rider, with Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda, Alfred Hitchcock’s Family Plot in 1976, and Dog town (1997). Also, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Five Easy Peices (1970) (she won a Golden Globe for that performance). A fan favorite includes, Day of the Locust (1975). I would just like to pay respect and honor this Iconic Actress. She passed away from complications from cancer at age 74. She has appeared in over 100 movies.
Horror and Sci-fi Movies:
The Pyx (1973)
Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Burnt Offerings (1976)
Capricorn One (1977)
Killer Fish (1979)
The Last Horror Film (1982)
The Blue Man (1985)
Savage Dawn (1985)
Invaders From Mars (1986)
Its Alive III (1987)
Out of the Dark (1988)
Evil Spirits (1990)
Haunting Fear (1990)
Mirror Mirror (1990)
Children of the Night (1991)
Plan 10 From Outer Space (1994)
Children of the Corn IV (1994)
Dinosaur Valley Girls (1996)
Curse of the Forty-Niner (2002)
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Dr. Rage (2005)
Ooga Booga (2013)
In the 1980’s a punk band called themselves, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, but Mrs. Black was not in the band.
Burnt Offerings and Trilogy of Terror are two of my favorites she appeared in. It’s time to re-watch those classics. Good post on a sad bit of news.
I’m quite surprised there was so little about her passing in the regular news. Very little fanfare about her passing.
Dislike : (
errrr, you dislike her? Her movies?
Dislike that she died… : (
Oh, yeah… bummer.
So sad about her death… I do like Trilogy of Terror.
She starred in an adaptation of literary classic The Great Gatsby, too. I’m not afraid to admit that I hot the hots for Karen Black as a teenager.
My memories of the gifted and beguiling actress here-
Black was one of my favorite genre actresses. She will be missed. Her performances in Burnt Offerings and TOT were amazing. She was a class act, too. This is a very touching tribute post. Good job!