Lionsgate has today announced the release of MRC’s acclaimed horror-comedy The Blackening for June 16, 2023 – Juneteenth weekend.
One of the runaway hits out of the Toronto International Film Festival, The Blackening is 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”), and stars Antoinette Robertson (“Dear White People,” “Diggstown”), Dewayne Perkins (The Upshaws), Sinqua Walls (Nanny, “Power”), Grace Byers (“Empire,” “Harlem”), X May (Finding ‘Ohana, The Farewell), Melvin Gregg (The Way Back, “Snowfall”), Jermaine Fowler (Coming 2 America, Sorry to Bother You), Yvonne Orji (Spontaneous, Vacation Friends), and Jay Pharoah (Bad Hair, Unsane).
Skewering genre tropes and posing the sardonic question, “If the entire cast of a horror movie is Black, who dies first?”, the film 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.
The film is produced by Marcei A. Brown, Jason Clark, E. Brian Dobbins, Tracy Oliver, Tim Story, and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett. Perkins serves as a co-producer, with Vicky Story as associate producer.