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The Best Black Horror Movies

Updated April 9, 2021 1.1k votes 169 voters 10.9k views37 items

List RulesVote up your favorite Black horror movies.

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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    Candyman

    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

    Released1992

    Directed byBernard 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 England to the...  more

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    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan 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 about...  more

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    Tales from the Hood

    David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen

    Released1995

    Directed byRusty 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, presented...  more
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    Us

    Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke

    Released2019

    Directed byJordan 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 friends...  more

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    Blade

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released1998

    Directed byStephen 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 who...  more

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    Bones

    Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier

    Released2001

    Directed byErnest 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 Jimmy...  more
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    Blacula

    Vonetta McGee, Elisha Cook

    Released1972

    Directed byWilliam 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 18th-century...  more

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    Blade II

    Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes

    Released2002

    Directed byGuillermo 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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    Spawn

    Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo

    Released1997

    Directed byMark 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. Dippé, the...  more

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    Released2021

    Directed byDeon Taylor

    The House Next Door: Meet the Blacks 2 (aka The House Next Door) is a 2021 American comedy horror film directed by Deon Taylor, and a sequel to Meet the Blacks. When best selling author Carl Black...  more

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    Scream Blacula Scream

    Pam Grier, Craig T. Nelson

    Released1973

    Directed byBob 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 movie...  more

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    The First Purge

    Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis

    Released2018

    Directed byGerard 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 the...  more
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    Ganja & Hess

    Duane Jones, Leonard Jackson

    Released1973

    Directed byBill 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 being...  more

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    Trick

    Omar Epps, Jamie Kennedy

    Released2019

    Directed byPatrick 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....  more
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    Def by Temptation

    Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn

    Released1990

    Directed byJames Bond III

    Def by Temptation is a horror film directed by James Bond III and stars Kadeem Hardison, Samuel L. Jackson, and Bill Nunn. It was released in March 1990. The director James Bond III played the...  more

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    Ma

    Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans

    Released2019

    Directed byTate 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 the...  more

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    Sugar Hill

    Charles Robinson, Richard Lawson

    Released1974

    Directed byPaul 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 death....  more

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    Vampire in Brooklyn

    Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byWes Craven

    Vampire in Brooklyn is a 1995 American horror comedy film directed by Wes Craven, and starring Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett. Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon, Zakes Mokae, and Joanna...  more

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    Don't Let Go

    David Oyelowo, Storm Reid

    Released2019

    Directed byJacob 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....  more
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    Antebellum

    Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange

    Released2020

    Directed byGerard Bush, Christopher Renz

    Antebellum is a 2020 American thriller horror film directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz. Successful author Veronica finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the...  more
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    Da Sweet Blood of Jesus

    Stephen Tyrone Williams, Rami Malek

    Released2014

    Directed bySpike Lee

    Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is a 2014 American horror film directed by Spike Lee. A wealthy anthropologist who is stabbed by an ancient African dagger turns into a vampire....  more
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    Rattlesnake

    Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi

    Released2019

    Directed byZak 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 rattlesnake....  more
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    Bad Hair

    Zaria Kelley, Corinne Massiah

    Released2020

    Directed byJustin Simien

    Bad Hair is a 2020 American comedy-horror film directed by Justin Simien. In 1989, an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television, but...  more
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    Sweetheart

    Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen

    Released2019

    Directed byJ.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 but...  more
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    His House

    Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku

    Released2020

    Directed byRemi Weekes

    His House is a 2020 British horror thriller film directed by Remi Weekes. A refugee couple flees, war-torn Sudan to a small English town where an evil lurks just below the surface....  more