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
An excellent documentary chronicling the history of a forgotten and often ignored part of the history of the genre. To this day when people speak of horror the names Bela Lugosi, Forrest J Ackerman, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney, Edger Allan Poe, and HP Lovecraft always come to mind. Yet what more is there to say about men like Chaney and Lovecraft that hasn't been said already? It's long past time for the likes of Spencer Williams, William Crain, and William Marshall to finally receive the same honor and praise for their accomplishments in the genre.
Great entertaining doc that ties the history of black people in horror to the socio-historical context really neatly.
Amazing documentary with tons of information.
Wow, as a non-black person I found this look into the black perspective on horror excellent!