The Blu-ray cover for director Xavier Burgin’s documentary, ‘Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror.’

The horror genre has long been criticized for exploiting and sidelining Black American characters and filmmakers throughout Hollywood’s movie history. But the new documentary, ‘Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror,’ has finally embraced them by tracing their untold backstories.

RLJE Films is set to distribute the movie on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, February 2. The DVD will sell for an SRP of $27.97, and the Blu-ray will retail for an SRP of $28.96.

In honor of ‘Horror Noire’s disc release, ShockYa is offering two lucky winners a Blu-ray of the documentary. To enter, email us at Let us know that you’re entering to win the ‘Horror Noire’ Blu-ray giveaway in the email’s subject line, and include your mailing address in the message. You have until February 2, the day of the discs’ distribution, to enter, and you can enter the contest once daily. On February 2, we’ll pick the winners at random, and notify them through email. Good luck!

‘Horror Noire’ includes new and archival interviews from scholars and creators, including the voices who survived the genre’s past trends and the filmmakers who are shaping its future. The movie, which was written by adjunct professor of film, Ashlee Blackwell and Danielle Burrows, was directed by Xavier Burgin.

The documentary features interviews with, and footage of, such horror genre legends as Tony Todd (‘Candyman,’ ‘Final Destination’), Rachel True (‘The Craft’), Ernest Dickerson (‘Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight,’ ‘The Walking Dead’), Rusty Cundieff (‘Tales from the Hood’), Tina Mabry (‘Mississippi Damned,’ ‘Queen of the South’), Paula Jai Parker (‘Hustle & Flow’) and Tananarive Due (‘The Twilight Zone’). The film also features professor Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman, who wrote the 2011 book the feature’s based on, ‘Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present.’

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By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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