The temperatures are dropping and it is getting darker sooner, so that means spooky season is finally here! We have ten present day and throwback horror films you should watch this Halloween season featuring Black leads.
If you are still craving for more horror films and history take a look at these black horror directors, that will keep you in the spooky spirits.
Event Horizon (1997) “Event Horizon” (1997), featuring Lawrence Fishburne, is a sci-fi horror film where a rescue crew investigates the reappearance of the lost spaceship, Event Horizon. They quickly to uncover nightmarish and malevolent forces that blur the line between reality and nightmare. As the crew’s sanity deteriorates, the film delves into themes of human curiosity, isolation, and the dangers of tampering with the unknown. Its unique blend of psychological horror and supernatural elements has cemented its cult status among viewers.
The Blackening (2023) is a horror comedy directed by Tim Story, following a group of friends who go to a cabin in the woods for a Juneteenth weekend celebration. While they enjoy a weekend together, they discover a twisted game designed by a stalker and serial killer who decides on who to kill first, based on who is the least Black.
Talk to Me (2022): In this A24 paranormal thriller ride, we follow Mia, played by Sophie Wild, and her group of friends where they open a portal to the underworld that proves impossible to close. As the sinister forces from the other side begin to infiltrate their lives. Mia finds herself in a race against time to confront her fears, outwit the supernatural entities, and seal the portal before it engulfs her world in darkness.
Get Out (2017): Directed by Jordan Peele, this critically acclaimed film delves into the unsettling experience of Chris, a young African American man. As he accompanies his white girlfriend to her family’s estate. What starts as a seemingly innocent visit quickly turns into a nightmare as Chris uncovers disturbing secrets about the family. The estate’s eerie atmosphere and the strange behavior of the family’s staff hint at a sinister conspiracy that Chris must unravel before he becomes trapped in a horrifying body snatching fate.
Candyman (1992): Directed by Bernard Rose, “Candyman” centers around the urban legend of a vengeful spirit known as Candyman. Tony Todd takes on the titular role, portraying a haunting figure who can be summoned by saying his name five times in front of a mirror. The story follows Helen, an inquisitive researcher, who delves into the myth of Candyman and becomes entangled in a series of gruesome murders. As she unravels the truth, she discovers the dark origins of the legend and the horrors that have plagued the neighborhood of Cabrini Green.
Tales from the Hood (1995): A horror classic anthology directed by Rusty Cundieff, “Tales from the Hood” weaves together several chilling stories that not only entertains but also tackles important social issues. Each tale features African American protagonists facing supernatural or horrific circumstances. Providing a unique lens to explore themes like racism, violence, and societal injustice.
Blade (1998): In this vampire-slaying classic, Wesley Snipes takes on the role of Eric Brooks, also known as “Blade.” Eric is a half-human, half-vampire hybrid, born with unique abilities that make him an efficient hunter of his own kind. With a mission to eradicate the vampire menace, Blade uses his martial prowess and specialized weaponry to wage a relentless war against the undead. The film delves into the dark underworld of vampires while showcasing Blade’s determination to protect humanity from their bloodthirsty reign.
Eve’s Bayou (1997): In this southern gothic tale, set in 1960s Louisiana, actress Kasi Lemmons debuts as writer and director. The story follows young Jurnee Smollett as she discovers her spiritual abilities amidst the backdrop of her family’s turmoil. Dealing with her father’s infidelity and the resulting strain on their family, Eve embarks on a journey of self-discovery. The film masterfully blends elements of mysticism and tragedy as Eve explores her unique gift and grapples with the complex dynamics within her family.
Beloved (1998): While not fitting the traditional horror mold, “Beloved” adapts Toni Morrison’s novel with supernatural elements woven into its narrative. Oprah Winfrey stars as a woman haunted by her past as a former slave. The film explores the haunting legacy of slavery and the profound impact it has on the lives of the characters. Delving into psychological and emotional horror as well as supernatural elements.
Nope (2022) : This is a neo-Western science fiction horror film. Written, directed, and produced by Jordan Peele through his Monkeypaw Productions, alongside Ian Cooper. The movie stars Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as siblings who specialize in wrangling horses. The siblings embark on a mission to capture evidence of an unidentified flying object in Agua Dulce, California, after strange things start happening on their farm.
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