NS welcome to blumhouse The movie series returns to Amazon Prime this October with two new films, black as night And bingo hell. Amidst a new wave of horror with Jordan Peele’s 2017 film, go, these films also focus on black and brown voices.
black as night, in particular, stands at the beginning of a new wave of horror black women.
What Is Blumhouse’s ‘Black As Night’ About?
Set during a summer in present-day New Orleans. black as night Kendra, 15-year-old Shawna (Asja Cooper), learns about life in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Painfully self-conscious and meek, especially about the darker color of her skin, Shawna prefers to hide under her bucket hat and long sleeves in the shadow of her best friend, Pedro (Fabrizio Guido).
After being bitten by a vampire one evening, Shawna recruits Pedro and his crush, Chris (Mason Beauchamp), to stop the vampires from constantly hurting others. In her quest to find answers, Shawna encounters something far more dangerous than she expected. A vampire leader (Keith David) is out for vengeance.
Amidst her journey to fix the Vampire King’s mistakes, Shawna begins to find her voice. But in the end, she may lose more than she ever bargained for.
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‘Black as Night’ is part of a new wave of horror black women
From I still know what you did last summer And in the center of Bianca Lawson vampire slayerIn the past, there have been horror glimpses of black women. However, this was not the case as recently as in films like Jordan Peele’s we and Nia DaCosta-helmed candy Man That black women have been given the main platform in the genre.
Written by Sherman Payne, played by Marit Lee Go black as night Keeps all the elements of vampire lore we love, but positions it through the lens of a self-aware black girl trying to replace her teenage anger with her changing family.
‘Black as Night’ sheds light on important social themes
black as night There are some problems when it comes to the story and pace of the film. However, it highlights important social themes that are often swept under the rug. Being a teenager is challenging enough, especially when you’re fighting vampires. But Shawna also deals with colorism, her mother’s substance abuse, and gentrification, among other things.
Although she was born in the aftermath of Katrina, Shawna slowly understands how the horrific disaster changed the city forever, leaving many parts of the black community out. Furthermore, as Shawna learns more about herself and her situation, she is also forced to confront the past.
While Shawna is focused on herself, she begins to understand the circumstances of the present and eventually does not have the courage to succumb to the hunt. Although black as night With so much going on, and it doesn’t all come together, it was tempting to see a rare Black Girl vampire hunter.
black as night Premieres on Amazon, October 1.