B-Movies have a history of turning less than terrifying items or animals into bloodthirsty beasts. Killer rabbits, killer shrews, killer beds, killer tomatoes – nothing is safe! Chickens, however – it might be hard to convince even a 1950s audience that they are mankind’s greatest threat.
The Ayam Cemani might have the solution. It’s a rare breed of chicken with striking black appearance which has lead to it being dubbed the ‘Goth Chicken’. It’s colour runs all the way through to the birds organs and bones.
A breeder of the birds explains: “The Indonesian chicken breed known as Ayam Cemani takes ‘dark’ into an entirely different realm. Their feathers are black. Their skin is black. Cut open an Ayam Cemani and you’ll find black muscle anchored to black bones.”
“Even their organs are black. And what do you get for all this unrelenting blackness? One of the most beautiful chickens in the world; a chicken so spectacular and exotic that it is referred to as the “Lamborghini of poultry.”
The birds’ black color occurs as a result of excess pigmentation of the tissues, caused by a genetic condition known as fibromelanosis.
Ayam Cemani has inspired Javanese folklore since the 12th century, when it was considered a bird of the elite. Its charcoal-coloured blood is rumored to be a delicacy of spirits that bring power and wealth, making it a good luck charm.