Queer Characters of Color in Horror… Belle from Fight Night 2

There are not many queer folks of color in Horror. There are a few here and waaaaay over there, but nothing consistent. However, when we do represent, we make a lasting impression.

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One of the biggest queer Horror characters that always sticks with me is Belle from the original Fright Night 2. Belle was an unique and fascinating character in this film. Belle was an androgynous, maybe Trans, sexy and mysterious vampire that stole every scene.

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Draped in high fashion, Belle was hard to ignore.

For me, to see a Black character like Belle was everything! I was in awe of this vampire in so many ways. Besides the hair and the fashion, Belle was deadly AF! The scene where Belle attacks a student on roller skates is so iconic! The serpentine movements and Belle’s look in at scene made me a fan for life.

The actor who played Belle, was Russell Clark. Russell was a choreographer who worked on many films and projects like: Xanadu, Blade Runner, Earth Girls Are Easy, Teen Witch, House Party 3, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, and Vamp.

Sadly, we lost Russell in 2002 to cancer but his work, especially as the character Belle, will always live on.

I Heart Stephen Geofferys!

In the 80s, I had a crush of this dorky, cute, funny guy in some of the most fantastic and not so fantastic masterpieces on the screen. His name is Stephen Geofferys, a fairly decent actor and one of the few horror/geek types. He was in the classic Fright Night and 976-Evil, but I fell for him in Fraternity Vacation.

I can’t explain why I was crushing on him, but there was something about his geeky style that was appealing and nice. I felt that he would get me, understand my quirky ways.

Later, I found out about his gay porn venture. I actually saw him in a tape and was truly surprised. But hey, trying something new is an actor’s way, I guess. I wondered what happened for him to make that choice. Not saying it was wrong, but it was an interesting choice.

Anyway, I was glad to hear that he was back in the mainstream. He is a Horror film called Sick Girl that came out a few years ago. I heard it was pretty good so I will check it out. He also appeared in a few other films as well. I’m hoping for a comeback, because he’s a pretty good actor.