Watch: Shudder unveils trailer for Horror Noire anthology
James R | On 21, Oct 2021
Shudder is building on its documentary Horror Noire with an anthology film this Halloween that showcases stories of Black horror from Black directors and screenwriters.
The 2019 documentary, titled Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, took a critical look at a century of genre films that by turns utilised, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and embraced both Black filmmakers and Black audiences. (Read our review of here.)
Now, Shudder has collated six stories into one two-hour film, starring Lesley-Ann Brandt (Lucifer, Spartacus), Luke James (The Chi, Thoughts of a Colored Man), Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse, A Black Lady Sketch Show), Brandon Mychal Smith (Four Weddings and a Funeral, You’re the Worst), Sean Patrick Thomas (Macbeth, The Curse of La Llorona), Peter Stormare (American Gods, Fargo), Malcolm Barrett (Genius: Aretha Franklin, Timeless), Tony Todd (Candyman, Night of the Living Dead) and Rachel True (The Craft, Half & Half), among others.
The new and adapted stories are written by husband-and-wife writing duo Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror) and Steven Barnes (Lion’s Blood), Ezra Claytan Daniels (BTTM FDRS), Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom, The Changeling,) Shernold Edwards (All Rise, Anne with an E); and, Al Letson (Reveals).
The six stories are: Daddy, Bride Before You, Brand of Evil, The Lake, Sundown and Fugue State.
The film will premiere on 28th October on Shudder UK. Here’s the trailer:
Horror Noire: Shudder unveils trailer for anthology film
26th July 2021
Shudder is shining a spotlight on Black horror talent and stories this October, with new anthology film Horror NOire.
The movie takes its name from the critically acclaimed 2019 documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, which took a critical look at a century of genre films that by turns utilised, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and embraced both Black filmmakers and Black audiences. (Read our review of the documentary here.)
Directed by Xavier Burgin, the film initially was released by Shudder online for free to help stimulate conversations around the topic. Now, the horror streaming service is following it up with a showcase for established and emerging talents, including Black directors and screenwriters.
The film was unveiled by Shudder at Comic-Con at Home this weekend, with writers Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Victor LaValle and Shernold Edwards all joining an online panel to talk about their stories, their inspirations and why it’s important for them to be told. The film will premiere on Shudder in October.
Here’s the trailer, plus the panel: