Main content

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror

Delving into a century of genre films that by turns utilized, caricatured, exploited, sidelined, and finally embraced them, HORROR NOIRE traces a secret history of Black Americans in Hollywood through their connection to the horror genre. Adapting executive producer Robin Means Coleman’s seminal book, HORROR NOIRE will present the living and the dead, using new and archival interviews from scholars and creators; the voices who survived the genre’s past trends, to those shaping its future.

Includes interviews with Ernest R. Dickerson, Meosha BeanAshlee Blackwell and Robin R. Means Coleman.

“HORROR NOIRE is always entertaining, but more importantly, it is an opportunity to acknowledge and advance the narrative about the contributions of Black talent in front and behind the camera. The fact that the documentary ends on a hopeful note about the increased prominence of Black actors in (nuanced, complicated) leading roles, as well as easier access for a new generation of directors – both male and female – is encouraging. It’s not hyperbole to suggest that HORROR NOIRE is essential viewing for horror audiences; not only does it boast high production values and informative interviews, audiences will undoubtedly discover a brand new curated list of essential horror films to seek out and devour.” —Bloody Disgusting

“Both history lesson and conversation piece, Horror Noire is essential viewing for the genre fan. —Hollywood Reporter

“Horror Noire is a must-see for horror fans, film-lovers in general, and for anyone concerned with issues of social justice and representation. It is informative without being dry, and critical and challenging yet grounded in love of the genre and optimism towards what the future holds.” —Forbes

“HORROR NOIRE: A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROR is the best time of film documentary – one that both entertains and informs. This is a must-see for all horror fans.” —SlashFilm

“Smart, funny and packed with interesting people clearly delighted to be talking about their work and the movies they love.” —Now Toronto


Main credits

Burgin, Xavier (film producer)
Burgin, Xavier (film director)
Blackwell, Ashlee (screenwriter)
Blackwell, Ashlee (film producer)
Burrows, Danielle (screenwriter)
Burrows, Danielle (film producer)

Other credits

Edited by Scott Strobel, Horatiu Lemnei; director of photography, Mario R. Rodriguez; original music, Timothy Day.


Black History; Cinema Studies; Film; race; racism; African-American; Jordan Peele; Tananarive Due; Tony Todd; Ken Foree; "Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror"; Icarus Films

Related Films


Birth, sex and violence were cut from films by the Australian Censorship…

Dark Star: H. R. Giger's World

A mesmerizing introduction to surrealist artist H. R. Giger's oeuvre,…