The Blackening Cast and Writers on Subverting Horror Tropes – Collider
The movie is based on a hilarious Comedy Central sketch.
One of the most exciting groups to stop by the Collider Supper Suite and Media Studio at Marbl during the Toronto International Film Festival was the cast and writing team of the horror-comedy The Blackening. They brought the easy-going energy you get from funny people and talked about how they couldn’t keep it together during filming. They were interviewed by our own Editor-in-Chief Steve Weintraub, who celebrated that the subversive comedy had been made.
The Blackening is based on a laugh-out-loud Comedy Central sketch that aired back in 2018. The concept is simple: Seven friends decide to go away for the weekend and are surprised by the visit of a killer. In the sketch, they debate who is the Blackest in the group so that they can die first. In the movie, the all-Black cast has to use their horror movie knowledge and street smarts to figure out how to survive this ordeal.
The interview featured the duo of screenwriters Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) and Dewayne Perkins (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), who also stars in the movie, as well as cast members Antoinette Robertson (Dear White People) and X Mayo (American Auto). The group talked about being able to tell this story where Black characters are brought front and center, subverting famous horror clichés and how much the movie industry has been changing over the last few years.
The Blackening also stars Grace Byers, Melvin Gregg, Yvonne Orji, Jay Pharoah, and Sinqua Walls.
You can check out the full interview in the video above to learn a lot more about The Blackening and have a good laugh with the cast as they talk about the following:
Special thanks to our TIFF 2022 partners A-list Communications, Belvedere Vodka, Marbl Toronto, COVERGIRL Canada, Tres Amici Wines, Toronto Star, and Blue Moon Belgian White beer.
Erick Massoto is a Brazilian writer who’s always loved film and TV and is obsessed with making lists. He can also name about 700 Pokémon and Digimon off the top of his head, but sadly no one has ever asked him to do it.
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