Black People Who Survived A Scary Movie: Kelly Jo Minter
This one is special because this lady has survived TWO scary movies! Not one but TWO! That’s special (and her story is even scarier).
Actress Kelly Jo Minter was first seen as Rocky Dennis’ girlfriend/Prostitute in the movie Mask starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. Now to some this would be considered a scary movie but I digress. Her first horror film role was as Yvonne in the fifth installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street series. Yvonne was the street smart high graduate who somehow escapes Freddy Kruger’s finger blades and helps saves the day. The main character Alice (who survived TWO Freddy films which is an accomplishment itself) needed Yvonne to free the soul of Freddy’s mom to defeat him. Yvonne did her job and the day was saved! Yvonne makes black history as the only African-American from Elm Street to survive Kruger’s clutches. Congrats.
Minter got the to star as Ruby in the 1991 horror flick “People Under The Stairs.” Ruby was the older sister of “Fool,” a young black man who goes to look for gold with Ving Rhames in a strange house (something black folks don’t do). After Ving is gutted, Fool is thrown in the basement of the strange house by the crazy owners. In that basement: some messed up kids with no tongues… and they are hungry too. The owners daughter and a tongueless kid name Roach helps Fool escape but he wants to help bring down that house. He enlists Ruby to gather the hood to distract the crazy owners, some horror movie stuff happens and bang: Fool, the daughter and the rest of the disfigured kids escape (rest in peace Roach and the crazy owners though).
Kelly Jo Minter is one of two African-Americans that I can remember who survived two horror flicks (LL Cool J: Deep Blue Sea & Halloween H2O) so congrats Kelly Jo! Pop a bottle and pour out a little liquor for the others who are not here.