Netflix is adding more Black films and shows in October. Gory, chilling, creepy horror films set the mood for Halloween but the options for Black scary movies are limited.

Horror Movies on Netflix

I would love to be able to make a list of good horror movies with an all-Black cast (or at least mostly black). There isn’t a lot to choose from though, especially on Netflix. And we all know that if there happens to be a black character or two sprinkled into the story, they’ll probably be among the first to die. As both producers and consumers in the film industry, let’s talk about trends in Black horror movies and what we’d like to see.  The three things I’d like to see improved with are black horror films are the quality, storylines, and promotion.

Quality of Black Horror Movies

The all-Black horror movies are often “low-budget” and poorly made.   The “Blaxploitation” era certainly gave us gems like Blacula, Petey Wheatstraw, and Sugar Hill but the markedly bad quality is part of the charm and nostalgia that we associate with those films. Back then the effects in nearly all of the movies were pretty bad, but technology has advanced and so should black horror flicks. I want to see strong writing, believable acting, and high-quality production.

 Storylines of Horror Movies

If you’re like me, you spend a lot of your time during a horror movie saying things like “Are you serious?! Come on now! RUN!!!” But imagine you do all of those things and still “get got”. That’s what I want to see. I want the characters to do all of the things we say we would do. Don’t move into a haunted house. Don’t go into the woods alone. Run, but don’t fall. And for heaven’s sake, leave the FIRST time you hear ghost children playing upstairs. I want them to do all the right things, but the house still won’t let them leave or the monster still finds them.

What storylines would you like to see in a black horror movie?

 Mainstream Promotion

It is not lost on me that there are plenty of Black horror movies that I don’t even know exist. There may be some excellent scary movies with an all-black cast created by lesser-known film-makers. The problem is that we can’t support work if the creator doesn’t have the resources to properly promote it to us. Not only do I want quality films, but I also want to see them backed by large distributors so the public can know that they’re out there. The creators want the support and we want the movies. The connection is in promoting the films.  

Pickings are slim with black horror movies on Netflix but check out some of the other black shows and movies coming to Netflix in October:

Black Dynamite
Blade
Blade II
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain
Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny
Black Lightning: Season 2
Hip-Hop Evolution
Been So Long

You can check out a complete list of October release dates on Netflix here