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The Best Black Horror Movies 

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Updated March 26, 2020 622 votes 127 voters 7.5k views 30 items

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Some of the scariest movies feature talented casts of African American or black actors and actresses. The top black horror movies focus on social issues that can be explored in unique ways. This is a list of all the greatest black scary movies including everything from Jordan Peele's Get Out to Wes Craven's A Vampire in Brooklyn.

This list of African American horror movies blends subgenres like horror comedies with Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Holloween and horror thrillers like The Candyman. You'll even find Snoop Dogg and Pam Grier below starring in the hood horror film Bones. Wesley Snipes's Blade franchise and Spawn could be considered both a black horror movie and a black superhero movie.

Which of these movies do you think is the scariest? Take a look at this list and give the best films a vote up to make sure they end up in the top spot. Can't find your favorite black horror movie? Add it to the list and check back to see new movies as they come out.

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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Get Out is a 2017 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A young African-American (Daniel Kaluuya) visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness ...more

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Candyman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd, Vanessa A. Williams

Released: 1992

Directed by: Bernard Rose

Candyman is a 1992 American horror film written and directed by Bernard Rose, based on the short story "The Forbidden" by Clive Barker, though the film's scenario is switched from ...more

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Tales from the Hood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans

Released: 1995

Directed by: Rusty Cundieff

Tales From the Hood is a 1995 horror anthology film directed by Rusty Cundieff, and executive produced by Spike Lee. The film presents four short African American-themed horror stories, ...more

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Us is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their children to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with ...more

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Blade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more

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Blacula is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Vonetta McGee, Elisha Cook, Jr.

Released: 1972

Directed by: William Crain

Blacula is a 1972 American blaxploitation horror film produced for American International Pictures. It was directed by William Crain and stars William Marshall in the title role about an ...more

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Bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier, Bianca Lawson

Released: 2001

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Bones is a 2001 American horror film directed by Ernest Dickerson. It is about a gangster that comes back from the dead to avenge his murder. The film stars Snoop Dogg as the title character ...more
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The First Purge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
The First Purge Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gerard McMurray

The First Purge is a 2018 American dystopian action horror film directed by Gerard McMurray, and the fourth installment in the series. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of ...more
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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé

Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film loosely based on the comic book of the same name, by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. ...more

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Ganja & Hess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Duane Jones, Leonard Jackson, Mabel King

Released: 1973

Directed by: Bill Gunn

Ganja & Hess is a 1973 horror film directed by Bill Gunn and stars Marlene Clark and Duane Jones. The film follows the exploits of archaeologist Dr. Hess Green who becomes a vampire after ...more

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Don't Let Go is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jacob Aaron Estes

Don’t Let Go is a 2019 American supernatural thriller film directed by Jacob Aaron Estes. After the demise of a man's (David Oyelowo) family, he receives a phone call from his deceased niece.
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Def by Temptation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Kadeem Hardison

Released: 1990

Directed by: James Bond III

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Scream Blacula Scream is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Pam Grier, Craig T. Nelson, Michael Conrad

Released: 1973

Directed by: Bob Kelljan

Scream Blacula Scream is a 1973 blaxploitation horror film, made under the working titles Blacula Is Beautiful and Blacula Lives Again!. This is the only sequel to the 1972 film Blacula. The ...more

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Ma is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tate Taylor

Ma is a 2019 American psychological horror film directed by Tate Taylor. A lonely woman (Octavia Spencer) befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house but just when ...more

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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Jody added Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more

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Sugar Hill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Charles Robinson, Richard Lawson, Ed Geldart

Released: 1974

Directed by: Paul Maslansky

Sugar Hill is a 1974 horror blaxploitation zombie film released by AIP. It starred Marki Bey as the title character who uses voodoo to get revenge on the people responsible for her boyfriend's ...more
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Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi, Emma Greenwell

Released: 2019

Directed by: Zak Hilditch

Rattlesnake is a 2019 American crime drama mystery film directed by Zak Hilditch. A single mother (Carmen Ejogo) accepts the help from a strange woman after her daughter is bitten by a
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Gallowwalkers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Gallowwalkers Wesley Snipes, Diamond Dallas Page, Tanit Phoenix

Released: 2012

Directed by: Andrew Goth

Gallowwalkers is a 2012 American western horror film written and directed by Andrew Goth, and starring Wesley Snipes, Kevin Howarth, Riley Smith, Tanit Phoenix Patrick Bergin and Diamond Dallas ...more
19
Candyman: Farewell to th... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Tony Todd, Veronica Cartwright, Bill Nunn

Released: 1995

Directed by: Bill Condon

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is the 1995 sequel to the horror film Candyman, an adaptation of the Clive Barker short story "The Forbidden". It stars Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William ...more
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Sweetheart is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence

Released: 2019

Directed by: J.D. Dillard

Sweetheart is a 2019 American survival horror film directed by J.D. Dillard. Jenn (Kiersey Clemons) washes ashore a small tropical island and must spend her days not only surviving the elements ...more
21
Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie

Released: 2019

Directed by: David M. Rosenthal

Jacob's Ladder is a 2019 American psychological horror film directed by David M. Rosenthal, and a remake of the 1990 movie. After returning home from the Vietnam War, veteran Jacob Singer ...more

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Trick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Omar Epps, Jamie Kennedy, Vanessa Aspillaga

Released: 2019

Directed by: Patrick Lussier

Trick is a 2019 American horror film directed by Patrick Lussier. A small-town detective must stop a serial killer, who goes by the name of Trick, from terrorizing his community.
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Candyman 3: Day of the D... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Donna D'Errico, Tony Todd, Lupe Ontiveros

Released: 1999

Directed by: Turi Meyer

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Meet the Blacks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Mike Tyson, Mike Epps, Zulay Henao

Released: 2016

Directed by: Deon Taylor

Meet the Blacks is a 2016 American horror comedy film directed by Deon Taylor, and is a parody of the 2014 film The Purge. After having stolen a lot of money from a famed criminal drug king, Key ...more
25
A Haunted House is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, David Koechner

Released: 2013

Directed by: Michael Tiddes

From the creators of "Scary Movie" comes another hilarious horror spoof, a parody of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. When newlyweds Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha ...more

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