Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Nikola Reviews The Blackening in Theaters June 16th, 2023

The Blackening is a film written by Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins and directed by Tim Story starring Grace Byers from Empire and several other up and coming actors and actresses. The Blackening is a comedic satire of horror. The film offers suspense with a whole lot of laughter after a group of friends meet up on a trip in a remote cabin for a long awaited reunion. From the moment they arrive the location, the park ranger, and the cabin present oddities that begin to unfold into what looks like may become a very uncomfortable trip. 

The host who invited them, never shows up. Several doors in the cabin are off limits even though the entire house is rented for all the guest to enjoy. As the guest of friends attempt to lossen up and have fun, things get worse when the power goes out and the guest learn that only one door is open to them. The game room.

Trapped in the game room the group of friends try to make the best of a bad situation. In an effort to carry out what they believe is the absent host wishes, members of the group force the others, who resentfully join in to play a game called The Blackening.  What is assumed to be a stupid game set up by the absent host quickly becomes a game of survival. At first, black is what matters, to stay alive. However, in the irony of cool aid drinking and card table playing, members of the friend group discover that "the blacker the berrier the sweeter the juice". Those who are blacker lose their blood first, or perhaps the other way around. The laughter comes when each friend compete against one another to prove one's blackness in a last ditch effort to stay alive. 

I took my teenage daughter and her friend to see the film and they could not stop laughing. They also said that the film presented unexpected horror and suspense because clearly everything happening on this trip was not going as anyone expected.

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