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Supernatural, Fantasy, Horror and SiFi based Noir


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Dedicated to Sgt_Markoff

Supernatural, Fantasy, Horror and SiFi based Noir have been around since the beginning. Classic Film Noir Era films that dealt with these subjects were Decoy (1946), Repeat Performance (1947), The Amazing Mr. X (1948), Fear in the Night (1947), The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948), Alias Nick Beal (1949), Dementia (1955), and Nightmare (1956), there are probably a few more.

The Horror films to some extent and especially those produced by Val Lewton had very stylistic and atmospheric sequences extremely akin to Noir. Cat People (1942) and The Seventh Victim (1943) for example. Even some Fantasy/Dramas/Comedies included some very noir-ish sequences, think of the "Potterville" sequence of  It's A Wonderful Life (1946) or sequences of The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941).

All these examples predated the noir-ish Crime//Drama/Fantasy/Supernatural/Mystery melange type anthology TV series shows that would become very popular in the mid 1950's to mid 1960's. Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962), The Twilight Zone (1959–1964), One Step Beyond (1959–1961)The Outer Limits (1963–1965). At the same time Transisional Noirs like Night Tide (1961), The Manchurian Candidate (1962), and Seconds (1966)  were similarly supernatural, SiFi or fantasy based followed by Neo Noir's The Psychic Killer (1975), Blade Runner (1982), Angel Heart (1987), Delicatessen (1991), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Lost Highway (1997), Dark City (1998), Mulholland Drive (2001), Sin City (2005)  Dark Country (2009), Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014). There are most likely more films of both Hollywood and Cable origins that fit above that I haven't seen, and continuing in this vein, probably some films that you may personally "tune" to that could be added also.

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