It’s the beginning of October and the perfect time to get into the Halloween mood.
If you’re anything like us and you’re ready to bundle up with some classic horror films, take a look at this list!
These movies will allow you to celebrate Halloween while staying true to your cultural roots. Here’s a list of must-see black horror films!
A cultural spin on Bram Stoker’s Dracula released during the blaxploitation era, Blacula features film’s first black vampire. William Marshall starts in the title role – an African prince who is turned by Count Dracula and awakens to reign terror on Los Angeles.
With the reboot on the way, it’s the perfect time to revisit one of film’s most notorious black horror villains. A grad student researches what she believes to be an urban legend born in the inner city, only to learn that it’s the very real story of a murdered son of a slave returned to have vengeance by his hook hand.
3. Sugar Hill
When her boyfriend is murdered by mobsters, Diana “Sugar” Hill uses a voodoo spell to raise an army of machete-wielding zombie slaves to get revenge. What’s not to love?
The series of vignettes that really should be rebooted as a television series and that received a direct to video sequel this year, Tales from the Hood follows the steps of other black horror movies of the ‘90’s and addresses the socio-political climate through hair raising stories. The vignettes, told by a mortuary owner about his dead clients, look at police brutality, racism, gang violence, and domestic abuse.
5. Get Out
The Academy Award winning Get Out may be new, but is worth a yearly revisit. Chris heads to the suburbs to meet his girlfriend Rose’s parents and learns that there’s a bit more than a cultural difference between him and Rose’s family.
6. Ganja & Hess
Dr. Hess Green, an archaeologist studying ancient African tribes is stabbed by his unstable assistant and turned into a vampire. His assistant, George, kills himself leaving Hess to marry George’s widow Ganja.
You may have never heard of Abby, a blaxploitation version of The Exorcist. Warner Bros. sued claiming the movie was too similar and it was pulled from theaters. Released on DVD in 2004, the movie tells the story of Abby, a woman possessed by a Yoruba sex spirit.
Wes Craven wrote and directed this creepy movie about a young black kid who, while trying to rob a house in the suburbs of Los Angeles gets trapped in the house and discovers the cannibals being kept under the stairs.
Directed by William Crane, the mind behind Blacula, this race-conscious retelling of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde stars Bernie Casey as a respected black doctor whose experimental cell regeneration serum turns him into a maniacal white man.
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