Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Shudder Announces ‘Horror Noir’

Horror Noire poster

*NEW YORK, NY – Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, recently announced the upcoming premiere of its first original documentary feature, ​Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. 

Based on the acclaimed book of the same name by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, ​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, including Ernest Dickerson (Bones), Rusty Cundieff (​Tales from the Hood), Jordan Peele (​Us), Tina Mabry  (​Mississippi Damned), Tony Todd (Candyman), Paula Jai Parker  (​Tales from the Hood), Tananarive Due (​My Soul to Keep), and Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman. ​Horror Noire will  premiere exclusively on Shudder on Thursday, February 7, after special screening events in New York and Los Angeles earlier in the month.

“After I saw Oscar winner Jordan Peele’s ​Get Out, I created a UCLA class around Black Horror called The Sunken Place,” said executive producer Tananarive Due. “The text I recommended was Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman’s ​Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to the Present. So I was so thrilled to help bring this story to life on the screen. ​Horror  Noire is about the history of black horror films, but it’s also a testament to the power of representation and how horror is such a visceral way to fight racial trauma: our real pain and  fear, but from a safer distance – while we get stronger.”

Dr. Robin Means Coleman
Dr. Robin Means Coleman – Executive Producer and Author of Horror Noire – A History of Black Horror

“The horror genre is daring, unflinching pedagogy. It is like a syllabus of our social, political,  and racial world,” said executive producer Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman. “The horror film is  fascinating if for no other reason than that it prides itself on snuggling up next to the taboo,  while confounding our sense of good and evil, the monstrous and divine, and the sacred and  profane. It is one of the most of entertainment forms in its scrutiny of our humanity and  our foibles. It is my sincere hope that ​Horror Noire will spark fierce debate and trigger even  more exacting, nuanced explorations into the power of horror.”

Beginning with the silent film era, ​Horror Noire explores the often overlooked and downplayed  history of Black Americans in Hollywood: the emergence of black leading men in genre cinema  in the late ‘60s with ​Night of the Living Dead and into the ‘70s with ​Blacula and films of the  blaxploitation era; ​Candyman and the growing popularity of urban horror in the 1990s; up to the genre’s recent resurgence with movies like the Oscar-winning, critical and commercial hit ​Get  Out. “There are messages of humanity and survival that Black storytellers and performers have  been expressing in horror since the genre’s beginning,” said Ashlee Blackwell, a producer and  co-writer of ​Horror Noire as well as the founder and managing editor of ​Graveyard Shift Sisters, a website dedicated to the topic of Black women in horror. “It’s been an exciting journey to  work with a team to bring this once hidden history to life and out of the shadows.”

Horror Noire is adapted from Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman’s landmark influential 2011 book,  Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present, a comprehensive  chronological survey of the genre. Both book and film provide a unique social history of blacks  in America as seen through their changing images in horror films.  Horror Noire features interviews with filmmakers and scholars, showcasing a who’s who of  black horror cinema, from those who survived the genre’s past trends to those shaping its  future. The complete list of Horror Noire interviewees​:

Ashlee Blackwell Creator, ​GraveyardShiftSisters.com

Ernest Dickerson Director, ​Bones, ​Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight

Jordan Peele Writer/ Director, ​Get Out, Us

Keith David Actor, ​The Thing

Kelly Jo Minter Actor, ​The People Under the Stairs

Ken Foree Actor, ​Dawn of the Dead

Ken Sagoes Actor, ​A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Loretta Devine Actor, ​Urban Legend

Mark H. Harris Creator, ​BlackHorrorMovies.com

Meosha Bean Filmmaker Miguel A. Nuñez Actor, ​Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Monica Suriyage Filmmaker

Paula Jai Parker  Actor, ​Tales from the Hood

Rachel True Actor, ​The Craft

Richard Lawson Actor, ​Scream Blacula Scream

Robin R. Means Coleman, PhD Author/ Educator

Rusty Cundieff Co-Writer/ Director, ​Tales from the Hood

Tananarive Due Author/ Educator

Tina Mabry Writer/ Director, ​Mississippi Damned

Tony Todd Actor, ​Candyman

William Crain Director, ​Blacula

Horror Noire is directed by ​Xavier Burgin​, executive produced by ​Dr. Robin R. Means  Coleman​, ​Tananarive Due​, ​Fangoria

​Editor-in-Chief ​Phil Nobile Jr ​and​ Kelly Ryan ​of Stage 3  Productions, and is produced and co-written by ​Ashlee Blackwell​ and ​Danielle Burrows​.

“​Horror Noire is an important and timely documentary that explores an overlooked part of the  horror genre that’s only just beginning to get the attention it deserves,” said Shudder’s general  manager, Craig Engler. “We’re honored and thrilled to help bring this project to life and share it  with the world.”

Ahead of its Shudder debut on February 7, ​Horror Noire will have its world premiere Friday,  February 1, in collaboration with Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian  Theater in Hollywood, CA, headlining two days of screenings with special guests in celebration  of black horror. More information and tickets will be available soon at  americancinemathequecalendar.com.

Then on Monday, February 4, ​Horror Noire will have its east coast premiere at the Brooklyn  Academy of Music, followed by a panel conversation featuring executive producer Tananarive  Due, writer/producer Ashlee Blackwell, filmmaker R. Shanea Williams, and comics writer Greg  Anderson Elysee. The film will screen on a double bill with Rusty Cundieff’s 1995 classic, ​Tales  from the Hood. Tickets for this special event will be on sale Monday, January 7 at BAM.org.


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Press Contacts: Sean Redlitz  Shudder  Sean.Redlitz@amcnetworks.com

Sharon Liggins  Tasty Shop Media  sharon@tastyshopmedia.com

LaRita Shelbyhttp://www.RitaShelby.com
LaRita "Jazzy Rita" Shelby is a broadcast media & marketing professional. She serves as VP of Business Development & Special Projects at EURweb.com. Additionally she is an actress, singer/songwriter who has appeared on TV and in film. LaRita has an undergrad degree from LMU in Los Angeles and an M.A. in Media & Communications Psychology from Touro University Worldwide.



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