black horror gets academic treatment in ‘horror noire’
By Erin White
February 14, 2019
Horror Noire is a whole thing. From a book by Robin R. Means Coleman called Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films From the 1890s to the Present to a Shudder documentary about the history of Black people in horror to a thrilling syllabus for everyone to follow. Featuring a bevy of interviews, movie clips and archival footage, the documentary is an academic look at the roles Black folks have played in the horror genre. Be it through a detailed cinematic survey which highlights films like Son of Ingagi (1940) or the Conjure web series by Tira Adams, Horror Noire explores all the manifestations of racial horror in the lexicon.
If you don’t have Shudder, The Horror Noire Syllabus is a great supplementary resource to the documentary, the syllabus was created by Ashlee Blackwell of Graveyard Shift Sisters along with the book’s author Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman and Tananarive Due. It’s an easy-to-follow living document that features movies, articles, podcasts, web series and more. Check it out, right here.
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