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‘The Blackening’ Exclusive: Horror And Comedy Collide In Film That Dares To Ask Who Dies First When All The Characters Are Black?

by Black America Web

If you’re Black, chances are that at some point in your life, your blackness has been called into question. In ‘The Blackening,’ a group of friends find their very lives hinging on exactly that.

This morning we’re excited to share the trailer for ‘The Blackening,’ which centers around a group of Black friends who reunite for a Juneteenth weekend getaway only to find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a twisted killer. Forced to play by his rules, the friends soon realize this ain’t no motherfu**in’ game. Directed by Tim Story (Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Barbershop) and co-written by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, Harlem) and Dewayne Perkins (The Amber Ruffin Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), The Blackening skewers genre tropes and poses the sardonic question: if the entire cast of a horror movie is Black, who dies first?

We chatted with the filmmakers, co-writers Dewayne Perkins and Tracy Oliver and director Tim Story ahead of the trailer release.

Our first question definitely had to be whether they would even consider having a reunion in the middle of nowhere, like the friends in this movie.

“I definitely would not,” Tracy Oliver admitted. “I’m down to meet up with the homies but it needs to be in a place where there are other people, where we have good reception, where there are neighbors, I can walk and there are other people. I don’t ever want to be isolated. Period.”

“So you want to be in the city?” Tim Story laughed.

“There’s a line in the trailer, ‘Really bitch? A cabin in the woods?’” Dewayne Perkins agreed. “That was serious. We can go somewhere with room service, a resort. I’m trying to rest. That’s not going to be restful. Me full of fear? So no.”

The popularity of past Black horror projects like Candyman and Tales From the Hood and the more recent success of projects from Jordan Peele have proven that our community loves the horror genre, but co-writers Dewayne Perkins and…

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