Director Tim Story helms the satirical slasher from a script by “Girls Trip” writer Tracy Oliver and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” writer Dewayne Perkins.
“Scream VI” isn’t the only meta-horror comedy coming to theaters soon.
With the tagline, “Everybody Can’t Die First,” the all-black ensemble of “The Blackening” prepares to survive a surprisingly deadly June 7th weekend trip to a cabin in the woods. A twisted killer seemingly unleashed from an ancient board game forces the group of friends to play by his rules as they are picked off one by one.
The Blackening stars Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, X Mayo, Dewayne Perkins, Antoinette Robertson, Sinqua Walls, Jay Pharoah and Yvonne Orji. Tim Story (“Ride Along,” “Barbershop”) directs the dark comedy from a script by “Girls Trip” writer Tracy Oliver and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” writer Dewayne Perkins. The film is a 3-PEAT Comedy’s 2018 Comedy Central Digital Short of the same name.
According to an official synopsis, the film skewers genre tropes and asks the sardonic question: if the entire cast of a horror film is Black, who dies first?
“The Blackening” is presented by Lionsgate and MRC as a Story Company / Tracy Yvonne / Artists First / Catchlight Studios production. Producers include Oliver, Story, Jason Clark, Marcei A. Brown, E. Brian Dobbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett.
“‘The Blackening’ is the first great horror parody of the post-‘Get Out’ era,” reads IndieWire’s TIFF 2022 preview. “Every slasher movie needs a good villain, and here the killer wears a blackface leather mask. It’s on the nose, but this parody has about as much subtext as “Scary Movie,” and that’s part of the fun. No need to tone down blackness or explain things to a white audience. If you don’t know how to play Spades or what a black anthem is, ask a friend.”
The review continues: “It questions the idea of Blackness and the foolish attempts to quantify it. Accepting clichés and stereotypes and then subverting them allows the film to examine Blackness: Does being a gay, black person make you less black than someone who says the N-word more often? or someone who used to be in a gang? More importantly, the film specifically examines blackness through the lens of whiteness, making a white man the enemy and showing how an outside force wreaks havoc on a closed group. The film jokes about black suffering, but it is far from trauma porn. It’s a really black horror comedy.”
“The Blackening” opens in theaters on June 16.
Watch the trailer below.
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