Was Get Out the first horror film directed by an African American?

Get Out was written and directed by Jordan Peele, and it was both a critical and commercial success. Many positive reviews mentioned the film's insightful social commentary, so some viewers mistakenly believe that the movie was the first horror film directed by an African American. That's certainly not the case.

African Americans have a rich history in cinema, and over the last century, quite a few black directors have created masterful horrors and thrillers. As many early films weren't properly archived, it's extremely difficult to identify the first black-directed horror film, but one candidate is Oscar Micheaux's A Son of Satan, released in 1924. That film follows the story of a man who accepted a bet to spend a night in a haunted house; unfortunately, no print of the film is known to exist, so it's considered lost.

Son of Ingagi (1940) also deserves a mention, as it featured a predominantly black cast and was written by an African American screenwriter (though its director was white). The complex plot featured a monster named N'Gina, deadly potions, and a cache of stolen gold. While the film was a critical failure, it's now seen as one of the first "black" horror movies.

Another good example is Blacula (1972), directed by William Crain. That film--which follows a black vampire who takes revenge on Los Angeles--is more of a horror-comedy than a straight-up horror film, but it was a massive commercial success. In recent years, critics have praised that film's progressive themes and subversive tone, and it's considered one of the finest examples of the blaxploitation genre.