Kelly Jo Minter – The Forgotten Scream Queen

Kelly Jo Minter

For fans of ’80s and early ’90s horror Kelly Jo Minter was a face that kept on cropping up.

Forging a career mainly on TV, she got a break with 1985’s Mask which was universally lauded for its portrayal of a young man with a facial disability.

It was 1987’s Lost Boys where Kelly first dabbled in horror as Joel Schumacher’s forward-thinking and hip vampire tale introduced us to a very different of neck chomper.

She also has the dubious honor of being only a handful of teenagers who survived the clutches of Freddy Krueger after she made the end credits of 1989’s The Dream Child – a rarity at this time for African-American actors.

1991 saw Minter get a double dose of horror with Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs and the hidden slasher classic Popcorn; which filmed in Jamaica.

Although never the lead Minter’s role within the genre cannot be underestimated as a strong independent character who kicks some ass in Popcorn and Nightmare 5.

Outside of acting Kelly has started a successful handbag business in 2004 and has gone from strength to strength since.

Most recently she has appeared in the Never Sleep Again and Black Noire documentaries and is also set to feature in the ICON: The Robert Englund Story documentary which recently finished crowdfunding.

Do you remember Kelly Jo Minter in any of these films? Let us know in the comments.


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