Halloween weekend is here! There are many classic films to relive over the weekend, such as “Scream,” “Nightmare on Elm Street,” or “Friday the 13th,” but now is a great time to be introduced to some movies in the horror genre that feature black actors and black directors.
Today, black creators have created a wide variety of horror films in a genre that has typically been underrepresented onscreen and in the director’s chair. The recent success of directors like Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta has helped shine a spotlight on horror films released by black creators.
Below is a list of some of the best, must-see horror movies created by black directors to watch over the Halloween weekend:
1. Candyman (2021)
The classic 1992 film “Candyman” remake was directed by a black woman, Nia DaCosta.
Released during the summer of 2021, the film’s story centers around the vilification of a black man and the gentrification of a black community, all while touching on themes such as police brutality and injustice.
2. Get Out (2017)
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut employed classic horror movie tactics like jump-scares and masked villains.
Still, the film also received praise from critics and filmgoers alike for its critique of modern American race relations.
3. Us (2019)
Horror flicks featuring black actresses have been rare in the past. Still, Jordan Peele’s “Us,” starring Lupita Nyong’o, is one of the handfuls of