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Screener Squad: Horror Noire

Horror Noire Movie Review


You may not know this (heavy sarcasm)… but America has a messy history when it comes to giving minorities “equitable treatment,” and that’s stating the facts mildly. “Horror Noire” (based on a book which inspired a documentary) is an anthology of 6 short stories, from black directors and screenwriters, all revolving around what it means to be black in America. Of course these are horror in nature, but the subtext is there, whether you like it or not. The stories are broken up in chapters, “Daddy,” “Bride Before You,” “Brand of Evil,” “The Lake,” “Sundown” and “Fugue State.” Lewayne, Rose, and Chad discuss hard truths while dissecting the genre, and how these types of stories find a good home in horror.


DIRECTED BY: Joe West, Julien Christian Lutz, Zandashé Brown, Rob Greenlea, Robin Givens, Kimani Ray Smith

STARRING: Peter Stormare, Lesley-Ann Brandt, Tony Todd, Lenora Crichlow, Rachel True, Luke James, Malcolm Barrett, Sean Patrick Thomas, Brandon Mychal Smith, Lavell Crawford, Erica Ash, Gabrielle Byndloss, Tone Bell, Lauren Buglioli, Lynne Ashe, Tyriq Withers, Nathaniel Logan McIntyre, Elizabeth Roberts, Jake Howarth, Tim Ware, Bryan McClure, Miles McNicoll, Maceo Smedley, Samantha Neyland, Tabyana Ali, Adrian Bond, Tijuan Mosley, Zoe Lawson Dangar, Jason Graham, Brandon Lee Benton, Cindy Karr, Samuel-Taylor, Anita Sharma, Whitten Daniels, Keith Douglas, Gail Everett-Smith, Miya Golden, Darryl Chambers, Michael Silberblatt, Dontavius Williams




Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)

Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”



Rose Mattox (Screener Squad, Eye On The Prize)

Originally hailing from Austin then Houston, Rose has been an avid movie and TV fanatic pretty much since birth. She spends spending her days watching Star Trek reruns, 60’s spy fiction, and Audrey Hepburn movies with her beloved minion (see: dog Riley). She also occasionally dabbles in comedy, screenwriting, as well as graphic and interior design. Rose has been contributing to One of Us since 2019 as a member of the Screener Squad, as well as making regular appearances on Eye on the Prize during awards season. She can be found on Twitter at @nightattheopera.



Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.




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