Horror Noire(Review)[Weirdo Wednesdays]

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

With everything going on in our country right now, it’s an important time to pay attention and let those who are usually silenced have the chance to speak up. On the other side of that coin, it is also important that we put in that extra bit of effort to try to appreciate and understand some of the issues others face that we may not ourselves. For this reason, I want to highlight a fantastic documentary called Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror, which is available for streaming on Shudder.

This documentary covers the popular horror films in the black community such as Blacula and Ganja & Hess, but it also goes into great detail about the significance of other cinematic events: such as Night of The Living Dead having a strong, black lead character; talks about The Tales from The Hood series covering serious topics; and then about why Get Out became the phenomena it became. They also cover blacksploitation, the awful tropes their skin color inherits, and so much more.

It’s extremely insightful and features interviews with some of the biggest black directors and actors from years past to present. I’ve seen it personally about five times, and I learn something new everytime. It’s the kind of film that has the ability to change how you perceive things, and in a day like today, that’s an important trait to learn. We need to love each other and take care of one another. It is only through patience, love, and understanding, that we can work together to make life better for all of those around us. Give peace a chance, my friends.

Stay Safe. ‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra

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