Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

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.

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Genre: Documentary
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Consensus: Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror more than lives up to its title, offering a smart and entertaining overview of American film history through an overlooked lens.

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
ABC Radio (Australia)

A powerful reminder how something as seemingly lowbrow and disposable as horror cinema can be a surprisingly successful vehicle to address broader social issues that have very real relevance.

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Alix Turner
Ready Steady Cut

A captivating and eye-opening study of the black experience of horror films (from within the industry and as viewers), which charts the progress over the last century.

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Dan Tabor

orror Noire is an impressive accomplishment, that does more than just discuss representation in horror. The film's academic approach to its subject matter, born of a true love of the genre, will have you looking at these films with a fresh perspective.

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Adam Graham
Detroit News

People go to horror films to scream and squirm and have a good time. "Horror Noire" shows that to many, horror films are more than just blood and guts. It's a matter of life and death.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It all adds up to a most entertaining and enlightening history of Black culture and racism, along with a history of the movies. This is essential viewing.

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Glenn Dunks
The Film Experience

Burgin smartly allows most of his interviewees to sit amongst each other in pairs throughout a cinema set. As they watch clips, they revisit filmmaking anecdotes and discuss film themes that add so much dimension to its narrative.

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Kristen Lopez
Citizen Dame

Horror Noire is essential viewing for any cinema fan. A documentary that isn't afraid to have the subjects praise, and just as often damn, the features that have inspired countless people to pursue horror.

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Stephanie Crawford
Daily Grindhouse

Horror Noire is pure fun for horror fans both experienced and new, but I have no doubt that it's also going to become a go-to informational gateway.

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Terry Mesnard
Gayly Dreadful

Horror Noire is easily the best horror documentary I've seen in a very long time. It tackles my favorite genre with pathos and intelligence...

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