Shudder’s 61 Days of Horror celebration keeps on coming with the latest announcement and trailer drop for Horror Noire. If that name sounds at all familiar, it was the title of Shudder’s award-winning documentary from 2019 that explored the history of black representation in horror films.
Featuring a slew of interviews with immensely talented actors, writers, and directors, including executive producer and horror historian Tananarive Due. She also co-wrote the new special along with her husband and others.
Rather than use the documentary format, the new series will be an anthology of six stories, compiled as one film, all from black writers/directors, and primarily featuring black actors. In 2019, the documentary demonstrated how horror (and film in general) haven’t always given the best representation to black performers, and now this spinoff will be the representation that was lacking before.
Among the featured stories are: “Daddy,” “Bride Before You,” “Brand of Evil,” “The Lake,” “Sundown” and “Fugue State.”
The long list of stellar cast includes 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.
Horror Noire is premiering on Shudder Thursday, October 28, 2021. You can also watch the original documentary on there right now!