AMC's Shudder To Chronicle History Of African-Americans in Horror Films

AMC's horror-themed streaming service Shudder in February will stream a new original documentary that highlights the role of African-Americans in horror films.

Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror debuts on Feb. 7 and chronicles how black voices in front of and behind the camera shaped and impacted the horror film genre, according to Shudder officials.

Horror Noire features interviews with notable horror creators including directors William Crain (Blacula), Ernest Dickerson (Bones), Rusty Cundieff (Tales from the Hood), Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us), Tina Mabry (Mississippi Damned); as well as such actors as Tony Todd (Candyman), Keith David (The Thing), Paula Jai Parker (Tales from the Hood), Richard Lawson (Scream Blacula Scream), Rachel True (The Craft); and authors Tananarive Due (My Soul to Keep), and Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, according to Shudder. 

Horror Noire is directed by Xavier Burgin, executive produced by Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, Tananarive Due, Phil Nobile Jr and Kelly Ryan of Stage 3 Productions, and is produced and co-written by Ashlee Blackwell and Danielle Burrows.

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