From the exploitative, Afro-Haitian brushstrokes within I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE to the plight of Prince Mamuwalde, and from the format-shattering presence of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD’S Ben to Peele’s instrumentally-critical GET OUT (and all downplayed or whitewashed points in between), the upcoming documentary HORROR NOIRE: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROR looks to be an academic course-correction and a fresh, desperately-needed, illustrated exploration of genre cinema. Based on Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman’s essential tome of the same name, this new visual text is co-written and co-produced by Ashlee Blackwell and Danielle Burrows, with Coleman and scholar Tananarive Due serving as executive producers. 💀 Whether Afrocentric or manipulated through the eyes of the white perspective, HORROR NOIRE “takes a critical look at a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and embraced both black filmmakers and black audiences. The film features in-depth interviews with noted directors, writers, and actors” such as @tonytoddofficial @jordanpeele
among others. Astute genre fans may be familiar with lecturer and author, Tananarive Due (along with author, screenwriter, and partner, Steve Barnes), as she was recently featured in the 2018 “Urban Legend: Unwrapping CANDYMAN” special feature found on the @arrowvideo @shoutfactory
releases, which is overflowing with provocative analyses and personal insights. According to HORROR NOIRE producer and film co-writer, Ashlee Blackwell, “There are messages of humanity and survival that Black storytellers and performers have been expressing...[and] it’s been an exciting journey to work with a team to bring this once hidden history to life and out of the shadows.” 💀🐺 Shudder brings this crucial (and long overdue) chorus of integral voices on February 7th. Tune in. @shudder @tananarive1 @horrornoirefilm
Official poster by the inimitable @ghoulishgary
📽WE CANNOT WAIT TO SCREEN THIS FOR THE JUNIOR FIENDS...like us, the students are immensely excited for this!