Iconic Horror Film Actress Karen Black passes away at 74

Iconic Horror Film Actress Karen Black passes away at 74

v2-KAren-BlackCryptic Rock is saddened to hear that the talented actress Karen Black has passed away at the age of 74 years old after a long battle with cancer. Black was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Five Easy Pieces (1970). In her career she also won two Golden Globe Awards (out of three nominations). Her career began late 1960’s and she continued to star on television and films up until 2009. Her filmography is highlighted by roles in Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), and many more. It was in 1973 when Black starred in her first horror film The Pyx. She went onto a long career with many classic horror films mixed in her work. Highlights included Trilogy Of Terror (1975), Burnt Offerings (1976), and House of 1000 Corpses (2003). With her unique beautiful looks and under rated acting skills Black won the hearts of film lovers for over 4 decades. There was always something sweet and enduring about Black’s eyes and smile in each role she played. With a soft tone of voice and believable delivery she always seemed to shine in her roles. In a classy matter Black also always came across as attractive and sexy in her films as well. Most of all when an actor or actress stars in numerous horror films horror fans automatically are drawn to this person. Horror fans have always had a special place in their heart for Black with her list of memorable fright classics. What horror fan can forget her excellent performance in the tales of Trilogy of Terror.  In this film Black played numerous roles it what is now a cornerstone for horror fans. Burnt Offerings is possibly one of the most underrated horror films of it’s era.  With an excellent story, pace, atmosphere, and cast, Black’s performance was extraordinary. If you are a horror fan and haven’t seen this film it’s highly recommended you do so.

Trilogy of Terror (1975)
Burnt Offerings (1976)


We had the pleasure of meeting Karen Black at a horror convention a few years back prior to her becoming ill with cancer. She was a very sweet, humble, and most of all a real human being. We had a brief conversation and although I could say I never knew her personally I can say she came across to be just as beautiful a human being as she was an actress. Our heart goes out to all of Black’s family and friends. R.I.P. Karen Black, may your films be watched until the end of times and your legacy live forever.


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  • PiercingMetal Ken
    Posted at 00:02h, 11 August Reply

    The “Trilogy Of Terror” scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a younger person. I still get a chill when I think of that little doll and its teeth. Yikes. Rest in Peace Karen, you shall be missed.

    • fran
      Posted at 12:11h, 14 December Reply

      I completly agree and still remember a scene when she was searching for that doll under some furniture.Oh l was terrified and only about 8 years old! Still remember.Rest in peace dear Karen Black.I am so sorry cancer got you.You will me so missed.

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