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The Best Black Horror Movies  

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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
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
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
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
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
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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Bones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Snoop Dogg, Pam Grier, Bianca Lawson
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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Blacula is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Vonetta McGee, Elisha Cook, Jr.
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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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
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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Don't Let Go is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
David Oyelowo, Storm Reid, Byron Mann
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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Ganja & Hess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Duane Jones, Leonard Jackson, Mabel King
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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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke
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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Def by Temptation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, Bill Nunn, Kadeem Hardison
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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Scream Blacula Scream is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Pam Grier, Craig T. Nelson, Michael Conrad
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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Sugar Hill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Charles Robinson, Richard Lawson, Ed Geldart
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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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie
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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Ma is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis
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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Candyman 3: Day of the D... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Donna D'Errico, Tony Todd, Lupe Ontiveros
Candyman 3: Day of the Dead is a 1999 straight-to-DVD horror film directed by Turi Meyer. It is the third film in the Candyman series.
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Candyman: Farewell to th... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Tony Todd, Veronica Cartwright, Bill Nunn
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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Gallowwalkers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Gallowwalkers Wesley Snipes, Diamond Dallas Page, Tanit Phoenix
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
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Meet the Blacks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Mike Tyson, Mike Epps, Zulay Henao
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
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Rattlesnake is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Carmen Ejogo, Theo Rossi, Emma Greenwell
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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Trick is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Omar Epps, Jamie Kennedy, Vanessa Aspillaga
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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A Haunted House is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, David Koechner
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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Sweetheart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Kiersey Clemons, Emory Cohen, Hanna Mangan-Lawrence
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
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Thriller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Black Horror Movies
Jessica Allain, Tequan Richmond, Chelsea Rendon
Thriller is a 2018 American slasher film directed by Dallas Jackson. A clique of South Central LA teens finds themselves terrorized during Homecoming weekend by a killer out for revenge because ...more