“The Blackening”: A Fearless Horror Comedy With Clever Social Commentary-Film Review

From Tim Story, the director behind acclaimed films like “Ride Along” and “Think Like A Man,” comes a fearless horror comedy with clever social commentary.

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If you’re in the mood for a smart and fearless horror comedy that keeps you entertained from start to finish, then “The Blackening” is the movie for you. Directed by the talented Tim Story, known for his previous works like “Ride Along” and “Think Like A Man,” this film takes a refreshing approach by paying homage to horror parodies like “Scary Movie” while delivering its own unique brand of humor and commentary.  “The Blackening” follows a group of Black friends who gather for a Juneteenth weekend getaway, seeking to celebrate their freedom and enjoy each other’s company.

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However, their plans take a chilling turn when they find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a twisted killer. From that point on, they must navigate the killer’s twisted game, forced to play by his rules.  One of the film’s greatest strengths is its ability to strike a balance between comedy and horror. 

The humor is cleverly infused throughout the storyline, with well-timed jokes and witty dialogue that will have audiences laughing out loud. While the film pays homage to horror parodies, it also stands on its own as a genuinely funny and thrilling experience.  The ensemble cast is a standout feature of “The Blackening.” Melvin Gregg, Grace Byers, Antoinette Robertson, Sinqua Walls, Jermaine Fowler, Dewayne Perkins, and Xochitl Mayo each bring their unique comedic flair and charm to the screen. The characters are well-developed and offer a refreshing portrayal of Black individuals in a horror setting. The film gives everyone their moment to shine, striking a balance between moments of shame and triumph, and showcasing a self-awareness that adds depth to the story. 

 In addition to the laughs, “The Blackening” also touches on important themes and social commentary, particularly relevant to Black viewers. It serves as an ode to the horror genre while addressing underlying societal issues, making it a movie that resonates beyond its comedic elements. If you’re looking for a movie that offers a delightful blend of horror and comedy, “The Blackening” is a must-watch. It’s smart writing, memorable characters, and clever social commentary make it a film that will entertain and resonate with a wide range of audiences. Whether you’re a fan of horror parodies or simply looking for a good laugh, this movie is well worth a trip to the theaters.


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