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The Best Black Horror Movies

Updated July 13, 2020 1.0k votes 159 voters 9.5k views30 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
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    Candyman

    Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd

    Released1992

    Directed byBernard Rose

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    Get Out
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Tales from the Hood
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Us
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Blade
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Blacula
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Bones
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Ganja & Hess
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Spawn
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Sugar Hill
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The First Purge
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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,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Scream Blacula Scream
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Blade II
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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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Don't Let Go
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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.... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Trick
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Ma
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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... more on Wikipedia

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    Def by Temptation
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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,... more on Wikipedia

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    Rattlesnake
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Gallowwalkers
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    Gallowwalkers

    Wesley Snipes, Diamond Dallas Page

    Released2012

    Directed byAndrew Goth

    Gallowwalkers is a 2012 American western horror film written and directed by Andrew Goth, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Meet the Blacks
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    Meet the Blacks

    Mike Tyson, Mike Epps

    Released2016

    Directed byDeon Taylor

    Meet the Blacks is a 2016 American horror comedy film directed by Deon Taylor, and is a parody... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
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    Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

    Tony Todd, Veronica Cartwright

    Released1995

    Directed byBill Condon

    Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh is the 1995 sequel to the horror film Candyman, an adaptation... more on Wikipedia
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    Candyman 3: Day of the Dead
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    Candyman 3: Day of the Dead

    Donna D'Errico, Tony Todd

    Released1999

    Directed byTuri Meyer

    Candyman 3: Day of the Dead is a 1999 straight-to-DVD horror film directed by Turi Meyer. It... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Sweetheart
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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... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Jacob's Ladder
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    Jacob's Ladder

    Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid M. Rosenthal

    Jacob's Ladder is a 2019 American psychological horror film directed by David M. Rosenthal,... more on Wikipedia

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    A Haunted House
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    A Haunted House

    Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson

    Released2013

    Directed byMichael Tiddes

    From the creators of "Scary Movie" comes another hilarious horror spoof, a parody of the... more on Wikipedia

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