Jordan Peele. Tony ToddMeosha Bean. These are just a few of the exquisite names featured in Shudder’s latest documentary, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. Based on the book of the same name by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, Horror Noire takes some of Hollywood’s best and intellectuals to discuss and celebrate the history of black culture in horror cinema, how it’s evolving and just how important it is in these grueling times.

The exclusive came from Entertainment Weekly early last week, who quoted a statement  by author and educator Tananarive Due: “After I saw Oscar winner Jordan Peele’s Get Out, I created a UCLA class around Black Horror called The Sunken Place,” said Due, in a statement. “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.” 

Check out the trailer below! 

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The following is a complete list of all Horror Noire interviewees courtesy of 1428elm.com:

  • Ashlee Blackwell CreatorGraveyardShiftSisters.com 
  • Ernest Dickerson DirectorBones (2001)Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
  • Jordan Peele Writer/ Director, Get Out (2017)Us (2019)
  • Keith David ActorThe Thing (1982)
  • Kelly Jo Minter ActorThe People Under the Stairs (1991)
  • Ken Foree ActorDawn of the Dead (2004)
  • Ken Sagoes ActorA Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
  • Loretta Devine ActorUrban Legend (1998)
  • Mark H. Harris CreatorBlackHorrorMovies.com
  • Meosha Bean Filmmaker 
  • Miguel A. Nuñez ActorFriday the 13th : A New Beginning (1985)
  • Monica Suriyage Filmmaker
  • Paula Jai Parker ActorTales from the Hood (1995)
  • Rachel True ActorThe Craft (1996)
  • Richard Lawson ActorScream Blacula Scream (1973)
  • Robin R. Means Coleman, PhD Author/ Educator 
  • Rusty Cundieff Co-Writer/ DirectorTales from the Hood (1995)
  • Tananarive Due Author/ Educator 
  • Tina Mabry Writer/ DirectorMississippi Damned (2009)
  • Tony Todd ActorCandyman (1992)
  • William Crain DirectorBlacula (1972)

Horror Noire, Shudder’s first original documentary, will premiere on their streaming service on February 7th!

Fallon Marie Gannon