Resting discussion of race and horror films Made me rethink how I am discussing horror in my dissertation Most of the films discussed were new to me I really do not watch a lot of horror films LOL However I think I got out of the documentary versionadaptation of the book because the visuals really helped me understand some of what was described on the page This is a must for horror fans While it was written in 2011 so it s not as up to date as it could be it traces analyzes and explores the role of Black people in American horror films from the 1890s to the early 21st century From BIRTH OF A NATION to KING KONG to WHITE ZOMBIE to NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD to CANDYMAN Coleman goes in depth as he slowly deconstructs how Black people have functioned in horror films as time has gone on and how the Black film community has made responses to the white dominated genre I d be VERY curious to see an update of this with analyses on GET OUT and the upcoming US Important history and information that all horror fans should read up on This is a fascinating book very clever and full of observations that cast a whole new light on many of the best horror movies Coleman is the kind of horror viewer who makes the whole genre better for her participation Horror films come out of the imaginations of a diverse cadre of image makers The documentary Horror Noire was one of the best things I watched last year and I was very excited to learn that it was based on a book This book is very well researched and informative and I learned about a lot of movies that I haven t seenI think the documentary and book are really good companions the book goes a little in depth into the synopses but getting to see people s faces while they talk about movies and characters adds a whole extra layer I m glad I was finally able to read this book In case you re interested in reading it I was able to rent a copy of the e book for my Kindle. Hronological survey of the genre this book addresses a full range of black horror films including mainstream Hollywood fare as well as art house films Blaxploitation films direct to DVD films and the emerging UShip hop culture inspired Nigerian Nollywood Black horror films Horror Noire is thus essential reading for anyone seeking to understand how fears and anxieties about race and race relations are made manifest and often challenged on the silver screen.
I liked the analysis but too much of the text was dominated by film synopses Coleman chronologically writes about blacks in horror films differentiating between Black Horror and Blacks in Horror Some of the fims she speaks about especially in the early centuries may not ualify as horror in the traditional sense but their depiction of racism is uite terrifying I know it s hard to shove every horror movie in this book but I would ve loved a discussion on 2004 s Dawn of the Dead starring Ving Rhames or a note on Return of the Living Dead 3 which uite possibly has one of the most egregious examples of a magical negro character But overall this was a thorough and fantastic readshame it was written ust slightly too early and couldn t include Jordan Peeles horror rennaissence with Get Out but alas that s hat the Shudder doc is for robin r means coleman thankfully doesn t do dense theory like say carol Lady of uality j clover but she does offer a lot to feminist friendly horror criticismhistory this is a fantastic overview of black ppl in horror and she brings two important ideas to the table blacks in horror vs black horror and her Black Enduring Woman which is a sister in theory to clover s tired Final Girlone thing that bummed me out a little for entirely personal preferential reasons is that while she spent a lot of time addressing wes craven s contributions to black horrorblacks in horror the people under the stairs the serpent and the rainbow vampire in brooklyn she never talked about the opening to scream 2 where phil stevens omar epps and maureen evansada pinkett smith talk the role of blacks in mainstream horror waiting in line to see an entry into scream s meta stab series shortly before they are brutally murdered this doesn t take away from the book at all it s ust something i would have liked to see Coleman s Horror Noire offers a fascinating exploration of race in American culture through an exam. From King Kong to Candyman the boundary pushing genre of the horror film has always been a site for provocative explorations of race in American popular culture In Horror Noire Blacks in American Horror Films from 1890's to Present Robin R Means Coleman traces the history of notable characterizations of blackness in horror cinema and examines key levels of black participation on screen and behind the camera She argues that horror offers a representational.
Ination of the roles Blacks played in front of and behind the camera in horror films from the 1890s through the late 2000s Coleman who s a professor in both the department of Communication Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies at University of Michigan Ann Arbor spends time upfront drawing the distinction between Black horror films and Blacks in horror films the former having a narrative focus that calls attention to racial identity the latter being ust what it sounds like then does a brief overview of everything pre 1930s before launching into a thorough and thematic decade by decade examination Her writing as she offers a mix of history biography filmography and analysis is straightforward and lucid avoiding the worse of academese except in uotes she s pulled from other worksThe only issue I really had with Horror Noire was the author s very broad definition of what constituted horror While it s true that one woman s bedtime story is another woman s tale of creeping horror I m lookin at you Prince Too Charming To Worry About Consent and that genre definitions are fluid some of the films included particularly the religious ones featured in the section on the 1940s didn t fit the bill for me Other than that my only other disappointment was that Coleman didn t make use of what seemed like the world s most obvious umping off point the opening scenes of Scream 2 where Jada Pinkett Smith and Omar Epps amid other deconstructions debate the role of blacks in horror movies But then maybe it was too obviousAside from those minor uibbles Horror Noire is an educational and entertaining look at an under examined genre through a cultural lens we should use often But fair warning expect it to treble your Netflix ueue Excellent start to learning about the beginnings of African Americans in Horror movies and Black Horror movies A great companion to the documentary Horror Noire on Shudder Really inte. Space for black people to challenge the negative or racist images seen in other media outlets and to portray greater diversity within the concept of blackness itselfHorror Noire presents a uniue social history of blacks in America through changing images in horror films Throughout the text the reader is encouraged to unpack the genre's racialized imagery as well as the narratives that make up popular culture's commentary on raceOffering a comprehensive