The next Scream movie won’t be the only self-aware horror film this year. Lionsgate has just dropped a new trailer for The Blackening, and it features a group of black friends who have found themselves in the middle of a meta-horror movie.
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The official description reads:
The Blackening 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 motherf****** game. Directed by Tim Story (Ride Along, Think Like A Man, Barbershop) and screenplay and screen story by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, Harlem) & 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?
With the director behind Ride Along and Barbershop at the helm of the film, I think that the movie could be leaning a lot closer to comedy than horror, but then again, I could be wrong. With Jordan Peele staring a whole wave of black-centric artsy horror films, it kind of feels like The Blackening is harkening back to the Scary Movie days of cinema—which was considered a dark time for any cinephile.
Either way, the film looks like a load of fun. Catch The Blackening when it comes to theaters on June 16.