Saturday, October 30, 2010

Top Twenty Black Horror Films for Halloween!

Get your scary on with your very own Black horror film festival. These are just a few I get a kick, er, scream out of…

Night of the Living Dead (1968)
The Black guy doesn’t die first, but the movie’s end is gut-wrenching (pun intended) all the same!

J.D.’s Revenge (1976)
Glynn Turman channels his inner-gangster, complete with a conk and a straight razor… and it works!

The Blood of Jesus (1941)
Spencer Williams crafts a beautifully shot morality tale about staying on the path of righteousness.

Def by Temptation (1990)
The cast from Spike Lee’s School Daze—James Bond III, Kadeem Hardison, Bill Nunn, and Samuel L. Jackson-- reunite for this shocker about temptation and sin.  Go Granny!

Street Tales of Terror (2004)
A trio of frightening fictions—stay out of the water, away from abortionists, and don’t trust your drunken friends!

Bloodz vs. Wolvez (2006)
Three words—Hil-ar-ious! When the Wolvez poop on the floor…omg!

Petey Wheatstraw:  The Devil’s Son-in-law (1977)
With Rudy Ray Moore starring don’t expect a true scary movie.  But, there is a devil, and a mammy…oh boy.

Crazy as Hell (2002)
I miss me some Peter Benton from ER.  Get your Eriq La Salle fix—whew he is literally a sexy devil!


Killjoy (2000)
If Michael Jackson came back…as a killer clown.

Kill Joy
Tales from the Hood (1995)
Lessons on staying true to the ‘hood.  Sellouts be damned!

Sugar Hill (1974)
“Hey Whitey, you and your punk friends killed my man…I’m not accusing you “honk.” I’m passing sentence and the sentence is death!”  A classic Black horror line!

Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (1976)
Ex-NFL'er Bernie Casey turns into a blue-eyed devil and wreaks havoc in Watts.

Abby (1974)
Abby, girlfriend where’d you get that fly white suit?  This is a demon with some serious style.

Blacula (1972)
R.I.P. William Marshall and Vonetta McGee.

Scream, Blacula Scream (1973)
Pam “Lisa” Grier reclaims voodoo, reminding folks it is a respectable religion…not some crazy wizardry as other movies would have us believe.

Soul Vengeance (1975)
Yep, this is the infamous movie…Brother Charles gets his revenge with his—ahem—manhood.  But this is also a film that has a lot to say about police brutality and recidivism.

Spirit Lost (1997)
Leon shows plenty of booty as he gets busy with a ghost.

Ganja and Hess (1973)
Duane Jones of Night of the Living Dead fame is back.  This time he’s with horror Goddess—Marlene Clark.  Bill Gunn stars and directs this gorgeous, haunting film.
Ganja & Hess

Son of Ingagi (1940)
The Black middle-class on full display.  A monster ape is shaking things up, but Black love prevails.

Chloe:  Your Love is Calling (1934)
Racists lynched Mandy’s man—after she steals one of their babies, she plans to walk on their graves.  Keep your chin up Mandy!

For more ideas also check out
For a scholarly take on Black horror, check out Horror Noire:  Blacks in Horror 1890s to Present.
For a whole lotta religion mixed with your horror, check out Nollywood (“Nigerian Hollywood”) films such as 666.

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