6 Black Horror Films For You To Rent This Halloween

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Eddie Murphy & Angela Bassett in "Vampire In Brooklyn"With Halloween just around the corner, ’tis the season for a good scary movie.

While we’re sure you could go watch the latest installment in the Saw franchise, or watch some of the “standards” like Texas Chainsaw Massacre or the Friday The 13th series, we’d like to suggest you rent some of these horror films with predominantly black casts!

Blacula (1972)

William Marshall stars in this blaxploitation film as Prince Mamuwalde, the leader of an African nation.  He reaches out to Count Dracula to help stop the slave trade, but the count is revealed to be rather racist.  The count converts Mamuwalde into a vampire and gives him the name “Blacula.”  Fast forward 200 years later and “Blacula” is still alive and unleashed into the world after a coffin he was sealed in is opened.

Def By Temptation (1990)

Produced by legendary low-budget indie film studio Troma Films, Def By Temptation stars Kadeem “Dwayne Wayne” Hardison and Bill Nunn as a pair of vampire hunters who are after a female vampire who is killing men around the city.  This hilariously so-bad-it’s-great movie also features cameo appearances by singers Melba Moore and Freddie Jackson.

Tales From The Hood (1995)

This film features Clarence “Linc from the Mod Squad” Williams III as a storytelling funeral director who tells four frightening tales about four of his recent customers to three young thugs looking to buy drugs from him. Needless to say, the funeral director isn’t exactly who he says he is…

Candyman (1992)

By definition, Candyman isn’t exactly a “black horror film,” but the fact that the title character happens to be black warrants it a place on the list.  The film is about an urban legend concerning a character named “Candyman” who you can summon by saying his name five times in front of a mirror.  The only downside is that if you do that, he’ll kill you.  So we don’t really know why anyone would want to run the risk of getting killed over something like that.  Despite that, Candyman was a critical and box office success and spawned two sequels.

Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)
Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett starred in this horror/comedy film directed by horror film legend Wes Craven.  Murphy plays the titular role in this film that’s bigger on laughs than it is on scary moments.  Long considered one of Murphy’s worst films (at least until Pluto Nash and Norbit came around), the film actually did well in the box office and got moderate reviews.

Blackenstein (1973)

We actually haven’t seen Blackenstein yet, but based on the trailer, we just might have to indulge.  Obviously a retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein, but with a black cast, the film was made after the success of Blacula but failed at box offices.

We don’t understand how that’s possible when the tag line of your film is “To stop this brother takes one bad mother!”

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