While most films on this list deal with navigating Black trauma seriously, it's always nice to have movies that can express horror alongside laughter. Black joy is essential, and The Blackening strikes a good balance.
The film plays on the tropes of Black hair as unprofessional and ideas of respectability politics. Though the story makes some unnecessary ties to slavery that almost bring the film down, it offers an absurdly good time when at its best.
Ma gives Octavia Spencer a perfect vehicle to let loose. Known a long career appearing as side characters and in more esteemed films like The Help and Fruitvale Station, this unconventional horror puts Spencer in a lead role unlike any she's ever done.