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Doc Corner: Oh, the horror! 'Scream, Queen!' and 'Horror Noire'

Doc Corner: Oh, the horror! 'Scream, Queen!' and 'Horror Noire'
By Glenn Dunks (who is currently counting down my top documentaries of the decade over on Twitter. Follow along!)

Horror movies are obviously an audience-beloved industry-entrenched part of the movie business. Even if the genre hasn’t always gotten the respect it deserves, horror has been a vital part in the cinematic stories for African American audiences and for queer audiences. These are, after all, viewers that have been ignored by the mainstream industry at large for as long as movies have existed. Minority audiences have often found the catharses and long-documented history of othered subtext of scary movies to be rare portals of release.

How great it is then to see two new documentaries Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street and Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror focusing on these elements and offering glimpses into the complicated realm of what it is like to be a viewer
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6 Hollywood Lessons Learned the Hard Way by Gay Horror Filmmakers

6 Hollywood Lessons Learned the Hard Way by Gay Horror Filmmakers
If you don’t believe representation in horror cinema matters, go watch Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror. Despite countless walks of life stamping this vibrant earth with their signature footprints, movies – especially mainstream studio products – are largely populated by the same faces, genders, you name it. More importantly, when themes or characters […]

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Shudder Announces New Documentary About the History of Queer Horror Cinema

After releasing the essential Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror documentary earlier this year, Shudder is reteaming with executive producers Phil Nobile Jr. and Kelly Ryan for a documentary on the history of queer horror cinema, which will be written and directed by Sam Wineman and is slated to premiere in 2020.

Press Release: June 27, 2019 — Earlier this year, Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, released Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, to widespread acclaim. The documentary shed new light on how African American characters and creators were used—and misused—across a century of genre cinema.

For its next original documentary, Shudder has teamed up with writer/director Sam Wineman, Horror Noire executive producers Phil Nobile Jr. (Fangoria’s Editor-in-Chief) and Kelly Ryan of Stage 3 Productions, and consulting producer Michael Varrrati (Dead for Filth) to explore the complex, fascinating story of queer horror on film.
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New Queer Horror Documentary Reunites Shudder & Horror Noire Producers

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New Queer Horror Documentary Reunites Shudder & Horror Noire Producers
Shudder is making a Queer Horror Documentary to explore the history of gay themes in horror cinema. The producers behind the critically acclaimed Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror documentary are developing the new project. Sam Wineman is serving as the director and writer for the untitled documentary and it is expected to be ready for release next year. A concrete release date has yet to be revealed by the streaming platform.

The new documentary will take a look at the Lgbtq representation in the horror genre throughout the years and it will feature the work of "pioneering queer creators like James Whale and Clive Barker." Sleepaway Camp, High Tension, and Jennifer's Body are just some of the movies that will be examined in the upcoming doc. Sam Wineman explains.

"While watching Horror Noire, I identified deeply with the discussion of loving a genre and having that love be unrequited.
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New Shudder Documentary to Explore History of Queer Horror Cinema — Exclusive

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, will explore the history of queer horror films in a new feature-length documentary from writer/director Sam Wineman. The project follows on the heels of “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror,” which shed new light on how African American characters and creators were used — and misused — across a century of genre cinema. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and was released to widespread critical acclaim earlier this year.

The untitled documentary will explore the complex, fascinating history of queer horror on film, through the works of pioneering queer creators like James Whale and Clive Barker. The film will examine the coded, sometimes problematic, depiction of Lgbtq+ characters in films like “Sleepaway Camp,” “High Tension” and “Jennifer’s Body.” It will chart the course of queer subjects and creators in the horror genre from the
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Movie Review – Thriller (2019)

Thriller. 2019.

Directed by Dallas Jackson.

Starring Jessica Allain, Mitchell Edwards, Maestro Harrell, Paige Hurd, Chauncey Jenkins, Michael Ocampo, Chelsea Rendon, Tequan Richmond, RZA, Pepi Sonuga, Luke Tennie, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Woods.

Synopsis:

A childhood prank comes back to haunt a clique of South Central Los Angeles teens when their victim returns home during their high-school Homecoming weekend.

Dallas Jackson’s Thriller is the culturally characteristic slasher flavor Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror’s call to action demands based on thematic perspective – but in terms of genre execution? South Central La plays backdrop to a generic-at-fault teenage “killer out for revenge” flick that’s as introductory-level as they come. A childhood prank gone wrong, a hooded stalker, high school students picked off one-by-one: you’ve seen mirrored frameworks before and with meaner enthusiasm. It’s important that black cinema exists, specifically in horror, but quality and intent are two separate entities.
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Us Review [SXSW 2019]

Jordan Peele’s overnight launch into genre infamy is no fluke, readers. With Get Out, he proved horror could sting social relevance, redefine terror and entertain something fierce. His participation in Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror then amplified the filmmaker’s wealth of rich screamer knowledge. Key & Peele’s Gremlins 2: The New Batch sketch? Only someone who basks under the midnight moonlight would come up with such niche hilarity. Why is all this important? Simple – Get Out is no random success story, and if you haven’t paid attention to the above examples, his newest home infestation nightmare Us is the golden ticket that proves it.

Gabe (Winston Duke) and Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong’o) retreat to their lakeside vacation residence for another family getaway. Daughter Zora (Shahadi Wright Joseph) spends hours texting away, and son Jason (Evan Alex) tests his magic tricks. After a day of
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Athena Film Festival’s “Women & Horror” Panel to Feature Jenn Wexler, Ashlee Blackwell, and More

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Jenn Wexler and Ashlee Blackwell were recently featured as special guests on our Corpse Club Women in Horror Month episodes, and we're thrilled to announce that both of them will be on a "Women & Horror" panel at New York City's Athena Film Festival this March!

On Saturday, March 2nd, at 7:00pm, The Ranger filmmaker Jenn Wexler and Horror Noire co-writer/producer (and founder of Graveyard Shift Sisters) Ashlee Blackwell will join actress Nancy Stephens and writer/director Christina Raia for a "Women & Horror" panel moderated by Caryn Coleman, the Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk Cinema.

The panel will take place at Barnard College, James Room, followed by a screening of John Carpenter's Halloween, featuring a Q&A with actress and activist Nancy Stephens (who played Marion in the classic horror film).

Read on for more details on the panel and screening, and for additional information, visit:

https://athenafilmfestival.
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Salem Horror Fest to Present Special Screening of Jordan Peele’s Us with Introduction by Ashlee Blackwell

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While Salem Horror Fest has become one of the most intriguing horror celebrations in October in recent years, the festival's hard-working creative team stay busy celebrating the genre all year long, and they'll continue to do so this March with a special screening of Jordan Peele's Us.

Taking place on Thursday, March 21st at the AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20 in Danvers, Ma, Salem Horror Fest's screening of Us will feature an introduction by Ashlee Blackwell (co-writer/producer of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and founder of Graveyard Shift Sisters), who was recently a special guest on our Corpse Club podcast!

This year's Salem Horror Fest will begin on Thursday, October 3rd and run through Sunday, October 13th. If you're looking to book a hotel or secure an Airbnb, then you'll want to do it here sooner rather than later, as space is limited.

Read on for additional
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‘Horror Noire’ Review: A Captivating Deep Dive into the History of Black Cinema and the Horror Genre

There’s a school of thought that says you should just turn your brain off and enjoy movies. If it’s not “high-brow” entertainment, then it’s not worthy of exploration. Certainly, horror films, with their low production values and cheap thrills meant for teenagers aren’t worthy of serious study. But as seen in Xavier Burgin’s excellent documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, analyzing the horror genre is perhaps most worthy of study because of how it shows us how black people are depicted in American popular cinema. Although …
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For the Filmmakers Behind This Timely Documentary, Black History Is Black Horror

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For the Filmmakers Behind This Timely Documentary, Black History Is Black Horror
Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror” begins with a modest proposal: “Black history is black horror.” It’s a succinct and provocative notion, the idea that there’s a symbiotic relationship between the horror genre and the African-American experience. However, executive producer Tananarive Due said that to her eyes, the two are inextricably linked.

“We were brought here in bondage, and white supremacy continues to mischaracterize and marginalize us,” said Due, a scholar, and novelist who specializes in the supernatural genre. “As the parent of a teenage son who’s already six feet tall, I’m fearful about his future encounters with police and the ways in which black children just like him are assumed on sight to be thugs and less than fully human.”

Due describes that fear and uncertainty as an example of an unrelenting horror that explains why creatives of African descent like herself, gravitate toward
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Horror Noire Interview: Co-Writer/Producer Ashlee Blackwell on the Importance of Representation in Cinema

The vital documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, directed by Xavier Burgin and based on Robin R. Means Coleman’s book of the same name, invites us to know the perspective of African-Americans towards horror films. With a chronological structure, ranging from the oldest horror titles with black characters (such as Son of Ingagi from 1940) to the first footage of Jordan Peele’s upcoming film Us, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror brings together an excellent group of interviewees. Directors, actresses and actors and specialists (including Coleman herself) provide a unique film dissection, certainly focused on the representation in horror cinema of the black minority in a...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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‘Horror Noire’: 5 Reasons to Watch Shudder’s Incredible Horror Documentary

‘Horror Noire’: 5 Reasons to Watch Shudder’s Incredible Horror Documentary
The month of February observes Black History Month and Women in Horror Month. So, it’s fitting that the world premiere of Shudder’s first original documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror occurred on February 1. Featuring acute commentary from legendary actors, writers, and directors in the genre, Horror Noire provides critical analysis while delving […]

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[Review] Shudder’s ‘Horror Noire’ is Essential Viewing for Horror Fans

[Review] Shudder’s ‘Horror Noire’ is Essential Viewing for Horror Fans
The impact of Jordan Peele’s Get Out in the creation of Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, Shudder’s first original documentary, is evident from the start. The film opens with a disembodied voice (author/educator Tananarive Due) proclaiming “We’ve always loved horror, it’s just that horror, unfortunately, hasn’t always loved us,” and the credits roll […]
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Movie Review – Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror (2019)

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, 2019.

Directed by Xavier Burgin.

Featuring Jordan Peele, Keith David, Rachel True, Tony Todd, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Loretta Devine, Paula Jai Parker, Ken Foree, Kelly Jo Minter, Richard Lawson, Ernest R. Dickerson, Rusty Cundieff, Ken Sagoes, William Crain, Tina Mabry, Meosha Bean, Tananarive Due, Ashlee Blackwell, Robin R. Means Coleman, Monica Suriyage, and Mark H. Harris.

Synopsis:

An look at the history of black horror films and the role of African Americans in the film genre from the very beginning.

If horror documentaries were dependably as insightful, entertaining, and passionately constructed as Xavier Burgin’s Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror, chances are you’d be watching more horror documentaries. Robin R. Means Coleman’s “Horror Noire” novel lays the foundation for writers Danielle Burrows and Ashlee Blackwell to expose African American treatments throughout genre representation from The Birth of a Nation
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Review: Horror Noire is an Entertaining and Essential Examination of Black History & Black Horror

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As genre fans, we are truly lucky to be living in a day and age where we can enjoy a variety of incredible film projects that celebrate nearly every aspect that we love about horror. Sometimes, these documentaries are focused on a specific film or a franchise, sometimes they hone in on one director or actor in particular. But with Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, director Xavier Burgin has crafted an 83-minute journey spanning over an entire century of filmmaking that not only celebrates the milestones, but also holds Hollywood and society as a whole responsible for how black culture has been represented in cinema, as well as lauding the achievements of black creatives who have helped pave the way for future generations throughout their careers.

Based on Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman’s book of the same name, Horror Noire is an essential and entertaining documentary that
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Listen to Ashlee Blackwell Discuss Horror Noire and Graveyard Shift Sisters on a New Episode of Corpse Club

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To celebrate Women in Horror Month, Heather Wixson is joined by special guest Ashlee Blackwell on a new episode of Daily Dead's podcast!

We’re celebrating Women in Horror Month all February long on Corpse Club, and to kick things off, Heather Wixson is joined by special guest Ashlee Blackwell, co-writer and producer of the new documentary Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror and the founder and editor of Graveyard Shift Sisters, “an online resource dedicated to the scholarship surrounding the experiences, representations, achievements, and creative works of Black women and women of color in the horror and science fiction genres.”

Listen as Ashlee discusses her horror roots, her insightful writing on Graveyard Shift Sisters, and her unforgettable experiences working on Horror Noire. Heather and Ashlee also talk about Candyman and memorable black female characters from horror movies, including Sheila (Toy Newkirk) from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4:
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Shudder’s February 2019 Releases Include Eli Roth’S History Of Horror, Horror Noire, The Loved Ones, Bloody Birthday

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Shudder is looking to warm the hearts of horror fans in the Us this February with a wide range of titles, including the new documentary Horror Noire, Eli Roth's History of Horror TV series (for those that missed it on its initial AMC run), 1981's Bloody Birthday, Frank Henenlotter's Brain Damage, and Sean Byrne's The Loved Ones.

Below, check out the full list of titles coming to Shudder in the Us this February, and visit Shudder online to learn more about the streaming service.

"Horror’s past comes to life this month on Shudder, first in the new Shudder Original documentary Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror, and then in the seven-part series Eli Roth’S History Of Horror. After that, step into horror’s future with the Shudder Exclusive films The Crucifixion, offering a new take on the demonic possession genre from the director of Frontier(s),
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Texas A&M’s Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman “Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror” Documentary To Air On Shudder February 7

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller, and the supernatural, has announced the upcoming premiere of its first original documentary feature, Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror. Based on the acclaimed book of the same name by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, Horror Noire takes a critical look at a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and embraced both black filmmakers and black audiences.

Dr. Coleman joined Texas A&M University in 2018 as new Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity.

The film features in-depth interviews with noted directors, writers, and actors, including Ernest Dickerson (Bones), Rusty Cundieff (Tales from the Hood), Jordan Peele (Us), Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned), Tony Todd (Candyman), Paula Jai Parker (Tales from the Hood), Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep), and Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman. Horror Noire will premiere exclusively on Shudder on Thursday, February 7, after special
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