Horror Isn’t Afraid of Diversity

By Luminate
October 26, 2023
— 7 min read
By Luminate
October 26, 2023
— 7 min read

Trick-or-Treat! In a genre often overlooked, horror has become a trailblazer for diversity, inclusion, and authentic representation. The evolution of horror as a medium for exploring multifaceted female characters, diverse cultural perspectives, and LGBTQ+ experiences is a testament to the genre’s ability to push boundaries and challenge societal norms. 

This month, Luminate Film & TV spotlights projects and talent that have moved the needle forward. Here’s to a bone-chilling October and remember, equity doesn’t have to be scary!

HALLOWEEN 2023

Horror Isn’t Afraid of Diversity: Projects

The Exorcist: Believer

BLACK STORIES, REBOOT, SUPERNATURAL

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

RELEASE DATE:

10/06/2023

The father of a possessed child seeks out the help of Chris MacNeil, who has previously dealt with her own child’s possession.

Continuation of the classic 70s-80s horror franchise.

Make Me Scream

Competition

Prime Video

RELEASE DATE:

10/03/2023

This Halloween special features three celebrity teams that embark on a game where they must face a series of bone-chilling scare zones while trying NOT to scream, in order to take home the prestigious Medal of Mayhem.

Unseen

Asian Stories, Crime, Suspense, Thriller, Women Centered Stories

Paramount

RELEASE DATE:

03/07/2023

Two women form an unlikely connection when a depressed gas station clerk, receives a call from Emily, a nearly blind woman who is running from her murderous ex in the woods.

The Fall of the House of Usher

Ensemble, Gothic, Horror, Limited/Event Series, LGBTQ Stories, Literary Adaptation, Suspense, Thriller

Netflix

RELEASE DATE:

10/12/2023

Siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher have built a pharmaceutical company into an empire of wealth, privilege, and power; however, secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying.

The Last Voyage of the Demeter

Gothic, Literary, adaptation, mystery, period piece, supernatural, thriller, vampire

UNIVERSAL pictures

RELEASE DATE:

8/11/2023

The merchant ship, Demeter, is chartered to carry 50 unmarked wooden crates from Carpathia to London. On board, the doomed crew is stalked each night by a merciless prescence.

Talk to Me

supernatural, suspense, thriller

a24

RELEASE DATE:

7/29/2023

Conjuring spirits has become the latest local party craze, and looking for a distraction on the anniversary of her mother’s death, teenage Mia is determined to get a piece of the otherworldly action.

It Lives Inside

asian stories, foreign language, supernatural

neon

RELEASE DATE:

9/22/2023

An Indian-American teenager struggling with her cultural identity has a falling out with her former best friend and, in the process, unwittingly releases a demonic entity that grows stronger.

Clock

film adaptation, thriller, women centered stories

Prime Video

RELEASE DATE:

4/28/2023

A woman attempts to fix her broken biological clock after friends, family, and society pressures her to have children. Adapted from the short of the same name.

HALLOWEEN 2023

Horror Isn’t Afraid of Diversity: Talent

Lidya Jewett

PROJECT

The Exorcist: Believer


Ethnicity

Black (African)


COH*

Ethiopia

COO*

Ethiopia

Gender

Female

Pronouns

she/her

*Country of Heritage / Country of Origin

Jane Mun

PROJECT

Make Me Scream


Ethnicity

Asian


COH

Korea (South)

COO

Korea (South)

Gender

Female

Pronouns

she/her

Yoko Okumura

PROJECT

Unseen


Ethnicity

Asian (East Asian)


COH

Japan

COO

Ethiopia

Gender

Female

Pronouns

she/her

LGBTQ+

Queer

Paola Núñez

PROJECT

The Fall of the House of Usher


Ethnicity

Latin/Hispanic


COH

Mexico

COO

Mexico

Gender

Female

Pronouns

she/her

Ruth Codd

PROJECT

The Fall of the House of Usher


Ethnicity

White / Caucasian


COH

Ireland

COO

Ireland

Gender

Female

Pronouns

she/her

Disability

Amputee

T’Nia Miller

PROJECT

The Fall of the House of Usher


Ethnicity

Black (Afro-Carribean)


COH

Jamaica / UK

COO

Jamaica / UK

Gender

Female

Pronouns

she/her

LGBTQ+

Lesbian

Corey Hawkins

PROJECT

The Last Voyage of the Demeter


Ethnicity

Black


COH

U.S.

COO

U.S.

Gender

Male

Pronouns

he/him

Sophie Wilde

PROJECT

Talk to me


Ethnicity

Black: African; White / Caucasian


COH

Australia, Ivory Coast

COO

Australia

Gender

Female

Pronouns

she/her

Bishal Dutta

PROJECT

It Lives Inside


Ethnicity

Asian (South Asian)


COH

India

COO

India

Gender

Male

Pronouns

he/him

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