Karen Black (July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013)


After providing us with decades of entertainment–and a few years of grappling with cancer, actress Karen Black has passed away. Below are a few of her movies that I enjoy.

House of 1000 Corpses

I had no interest in seeing this movie; I’d had my fill of obnoxious “kids” run into “deadly” family type films. Then, I found out that Karen Black was playing Mother Firefly. I’m not saying that her presence in a horror movie means it’s a high quality film, but I knew I would enjoy her performance.


Burnt Offerings

A family of moderate means rents a huge, Victorian mansion for the summer. Why is the mansion so cheap? Well, the owners explain that their mother lives on the top floor and tenants are required to provide the elderly lady with meals–though they will never see her. That’s a very strange proposition and it raises red flags for the husband (Oliver Reed). However, the wife (Karen Black) is so in love with the mansion, it’s in their price range and she promises to handle the feeding of the mother.

What could go wrong? Everything.


Trilogy Of Terror

Zuni Fetish Doll – what else is there to say?


Want to know what movies moments were her favorite? Check out Karen Black’s list of the top 10 favorite moments from all of the scifi/science-fantasy/horror films she’s ever seen.

Published by Tawanna

Sometimes writer, most times editor. Lover of mysteries and 70s/80s horror movies. Author of The Next Girl (short story collection) and The Closet Case (mystery).

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