After delivering key genre content throughout 2018, Shudder looks to continue their must-watch habits in February with the release of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, a new documentary featuring interviews with Jordan Peele, Tony Todd, Tina Mabry, Ken Foree, and many more. Ahead of the movie's release, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first trailer and poster for what looks to be an insightful and essential documentary.
As unveiled by EW, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror will be released on the streaming service Shudder on February 7th following its world premiere on February 1st at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre (in partnership with Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque). Before it's available to stream, Horror Noire will also be screened at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on February 4th (in the near future, keep an eye on American Cinematheque and BAM online for more info on the respective screenings).
Directed by Xavier Burgin and based on Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman's book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to the Present, the Horror Noire documentary is executive produced by Coleman, Tananarive Due, Fangoria Editor-in-Chief Phil Nobile Jr., and Stage 3 Productions' Kelly Ryan, with Ashlee Blackwell and Danielle Burrows producing and co-writing the documentary.
In addition to Peele, Todd, Mabry, and Foree, the documentary also includes interviews with Ernest Dickerson, Rusty Cundieff, and Paula Jai Parker.
Here's what Due had to say about Horror Noire (via EW):
"After I saw Oscar winner Jordan Peele’s Get Out, I created a UCLA class around Black Horror called The Sunken Place. 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."
Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more updates on Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, and check out the official trailer and poster below (via EW).