Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
Directed by Xavier Burgin
Delving into a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced them, Horror Noire traces the untold history of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to the horror genre. Adapting Robin Means Coleman’s seminal book, HORROR NOIRE will present the living and the dead, using new and archival interviews from scholars and creators; the voices who survived the genre’s past trends, to those shaping its future. A SHUDDER ORIGINAL.
HORROR NOIRE traces an untold history of Black Americans through their connection to the horror film genre.
Cast: Jordan Peele, Tananarive Due, Tony Todd, Ken Foree
Really enjoyed this one, very entertaining and a very important doc!
Loved this! Super interesting and a fun watch. The perspective and knowledge is needed.
This doc isn’t just a fascinating one, it’s an important one.
Two years ago I saw Night of the Living Dead for the first time. I actually binged all three, but watching the original in black and white and seeing a black guy in 1968 be the HERO was astonishingly cool. I legitimately double checked the date in which it came out because for a moment I suspected it was a newer movie meant to look older. As a 90s kid my earliest memory of black people represented in horror movies was Jada Pinkett Smith and Omar Epps from Scream 2 and Brandy from I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. I mean sure I was aware of films like Candyman but had never seen them. So seeing stars like Jordan Peele and Keith David trace back to the Birth of a Nation all the way up to present day was a real treat. I found it fascinating that black actors went from being white people in black face, to being represented by creatures, to being outed all together during the sci-fi phase of the 50s and 60s, to being characters like Blacula in the 70s. By the end of this doc I actually had a lump in my throat by the time they got to talking about Get Out. I honestly wish there were as many Jordan Peele movies coming out as frequently as MCU movies because there is something incredibly chilling and realistic in how society treats minorities and it leaves you with a feeling of dread. This March will mark the 30th anniversary of Rodney King. It’s sad to know that three decades later that things truly haven’t changed that much. This doc isn’t just a fascinating one, it’s an important one.
loved this doc... included some films ive enjoyed but the background leading up to where we r now really takes this to a different level. tottaly recommend