Fade to Black: Best Black Horror Films

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  • Lyric Bent, Glenn Plummer, Saw II
  • Spike Lee, Tales From the Hood
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • Snoop Dogg, Bones
  • Samuel L. Jackson, Def by Temptations
  • William Marshall, Abby
  • Halle Berry, Gothika
  • Aaliyah, Queen of the Damned
  • Wes Craven, The People Under the Stairs
  • Candyman (1992)
  • William Marshall, Blacula

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

This iconic zombie flick was classic for its time and still ranks as one of the best horror films ever. With deft subtlety, the film dealt with politics, war and racism. However, one of the biggest shockers in the film is when the lead character Ben (Duane Jones), who was Black, smacks a white woman. This shocked the world, considering that just a few years before a Black man could get lynched for even looking a white woman in the eye. 

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