HORROR NOIRE : A HISTORY OF BLACK HORROR


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“We’ve always loved horror, it’s just that horror hasn’t always loved us”. Yes, we all know the overused horror trope of the token black guy who dies first. But do you know where it comes from? HORROR NOIRE takes you on an incredible journey through film history that’ll make you see your favorite horror films in a whole new light. A journey that takes off with D.W. Griffith’s BIRTH OF A NATION – aka the Origin of Evil aka the Rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan – and runs all the way to GET OUT. Xavier Burgin’s documentary traces the figure of the African American through the history of genre cinema: not, under or badly represented. Until 1968, when George Romero has the balls to cast a black man as the principal character in THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING. Yeah, a lot of knights of Political Correctness would have you believe that’s all behind us (grandpa!), that we live in an enlighted era with black presidents and black superstars taking over the Louvre. Great. But the battle has not been won, as long as Black Lives Matter is needed and tragedies as in Charlottesville take place. This is an infuriatingly relevant and necessary documentary for these dark times in which LL Cool J’s lyrics are, sadly, applicable to racism: “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years”.

 

Year 2019
Director Xavier Burgin
Cast Rusty Cundieff,
Ernest R. Dickerson,
Robin R. Means Coleman,
Tananarive Due,
Rachel True,
Ken Foree,
Keith David & Tony Todd
Distributor Yellow Veil Pictures
Genre(s) documentary
Audience CNA
Running time 83'
Country USA
Audio O.V.
Subtitles EN, FR, NL
Premiere
Production Stage 3 Productions
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