There are a lot of great movies about New Orleans. With a few notable exceptions, almost all of them are centered around white folks. This gives you a very limited view of a beautiful and diverse city that offers so much more than what is visible to tourists on the surface of The French Quarter. It also serves to mask the inequity and racial divides that exist there. At best, it’s under-representation. At worst (whispers), it’s racism.
There are also a lot of great movies about vampires. And again, it often feels like vampires are only fought by pretty white people. Unless you’re Kendra The Vampire Slayer (RIP.) Or Blade. Wes Craven did do his part with Vampire In Brooklyn, and I guess Blackula counts, but that was released almost 50 years ago! So I’m happy to see Amazon is jumping on the train Netflix got going with last year’s Vampires vs The Bronx with their new movie, Black As Night.
Make no mistake, this one does NOT look as family-friendly as the Netflix film. But it looks like it’s going to be good.
Black As Night is being released as part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse partnership between Blumhouse Productions and Amazon Studios that will be responsible for two double-features of scary movies released on the streaming service in October.
Fairly new director Maritte Lee Go and writer Sherman Payne (Charm City Kings, Shameless, Scream: The TV Series) bring us this tale of Shawna, a teenage girl (played by Asjha Cooper) who discovers that the disenfranchised of New Orleans have become prey to a nest of bloodsuckers. She and her friends (both new and old) spend their summer battling vampires to save their city.
Black As Night will be available on Amazon starting October 1st
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