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Top 8 Blaxploitation Horror Films

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Top 8 Blaxploitation Horror Films

October is here so you know what that means: horror movies on Netflix and chill. But, before we dive into the subject at hand, let’s define the term “Blaxploitation” for the millennial readers. Blaxploitation makes a point of exaggerating African American stereotypes; hence the two words “black” and “exploitation” combined to create “Blaxploitation. It was a movie genre that made a point to enforce those stereotypes that the so-called white media afflicted on black people. The genre evolved and branched off into the world of horror – taking with it an urban spin on the scary movie. Here are 10 of the most notable Blaxploitation horror films in history:

Horror Films

1 | Blacula (1972) – An African prince is bitten by Dracula and causes terrifying events to take place in Los Angeles. Directed by William Crain. Watch it this season for the sheer nostalgia!

Black Horror Films

2 | Tales From the Hood (1995) – Now, we all may not have seen this, but we sure have heard about it. This film features three stories about ghost activities and an abusive step-father. Directed by Rusty Cundieff who also went on to write and direct on Chappelle’s Show.

Black Horror Films

3 | Sugar Hill (1994) – We got to have zombies thrown in the Blaxploitation mix. In Sugar Hill, a zombie is summoned to seek revenge on the men that murdered Miss Sugar’s boo thang. Directed by Leon Ichaso who is Cuban American.

Black Horror Films

4 | Black and Mr. White (1976) –Dr. Black creates a cream that changes his skin tone and his personality. Directed by William Crain. Who needs Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde when you have this to keep up all night?

Black Horror Films

5 | J.D.’s Revenge (1976) – A gangster who raised from the dead takes over the body of a law student in order to find out who murdered him. Directed by Arthur Marks.

Black Horror Films

6 | Abby (1974) – This is a parody of The Exorcist where a minister’s wife is possessed by a sex demon. Directed by William Girdler. If you’re in need of a scare and a laugh or two, this one sounds like it may do the job.

Black Horror Films

7 | Black Devil doll From Hell (1984) – The title gives it all away. Directed by Chester Novell Turner. Believe it or not, Turner’s work has developed a cult following over the years and his movies are very sought after. A copy of Black Devil is currently archived by the Yale University Library.

Black Horror Films

8 | Ganja and Hess (1973) – Another telling title. Directed by Bill Gunn and tells the story of an archeologist who is stabbed with a cursed dagger and morphs into a vampire. Ganja was chosen as one of the ten best American films of the decade at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.

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  1. Renita

    October 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Okay, I have only seen #1 and #2. The rest is new to me. Wow Not a big horror movie girl. Some of them are too much.

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