Welcome to another episode of The Nightmare Feed, today we'll be discussing Contemporary American Noir.
In the days of the classic black and white, there was another tradition of films that was not quite horror, not quite thriller, but rather just speculative fiction that was intended to be dark and get inside your head. Sure, some of these would later be classified as horror, such as Freaks (1932), but they were arguable different, special, and unique. This style of film eventually fell out of fashion, being replaced by exploitation films such as circa 60's and 70's Grindhouse. However, in the early 90's and as recent as the 2010's it's come back into the lime light with cult classics such as May (2002), and Teeth (2007).
There was even a sweeping movement of contemporary French Noir including films like Raw (2016), which you may remember from our Pride Month Podcast last week. That, however, is a subject for another podcast and will likely include a dozen Revenge Horror flicks.