Black as Night

Alternate Title – Welcome to the Blumhouse: Black as Night

Release Date:  10/1/21; Amazon Prime
Genre:  Horror
Rating:   NR
Director:  Maritte Lee Go
Studio(s):  Amazon Studios, Blumhouse Productions, Amazon Prime Video

Cast:  Asjha Cooper, Fabrizio Guido, Mason Beauchamp, Abbie Gayle, Craig Tate, Keith David.

Story:  Part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse series of horror films for Prime Video.  A resourceful teenage girl leaves childhood behind when she battles a group of deadly vampires in Black as Night, an action-horror hybrid with a strong social conscience and a biting sense of humor. Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, a new threat leaves its mark on the Big Easy in the form of puncture wounds on the throats of the city’s vulnerable displaced population. When her drug-addicted mom becomes the latest victim of the undead, 15-year old Shawna (Asjha Cooper) vows to even the score. Along with three trusted friends, Shawna hatches a bold plan to infiltrate the vampire’s mansion in the historic French Quarter, destroy their leader, and turn his fanged disciples back to their human form. But killing monsters is no easy task, and soon Shawna and her crew find themselves caught in a centuries-old conflict between warring vampire factions, each fighting to claim New Orleans as their permanent home.  Source:  bloody-disgusting. com.


Them: Covenant

Release Date:  3/18/21; SXSW & 4/9/21; Amazon Prime – Series premiere
Genre:  Drama/Horror (Limited TV Series)
Studio(s):  Hillman Grad, Sony Pictures Television, Vertigo Entertainment, Amazon Studios

Cast:  Deborah Ayorinde (Lucky Emory), Ashley Thomas (Henry Emory), Shahadi Wright Joseph (Ruby Emory), Melody Hurd (Gracie Emory), Ryan Kwanten (George Bell).

Story:  Them is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. The first season, subtitled “Covenant,” centers on a Black family in the 1950s who moves from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family’s idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces — next-door and otherworldly — threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.  Source:  MSN.


The Underground Railroad

Release Date:   5/14/21 – Series Premiere; Amazon
Genre:  Drama
Rating:  NR
Director:  Barry Jenkins
Studio(s):  Amazon Studios, Big Indie Pictures, PASTEL, Plan B Entertainment

Cast:  Thuso Mbedu as Cora Randall; Chase W. Dillon as Homer; Aaron Pierre as Caesar; Joel Edgerton as Ridgeway; Damon Herriman as Martin; William Jackson Harper as Royal; Amber Gray as Gloria Valentine; Jim Klock as Tom Hardman; Lily Rabe as Ethel Wells; Lucius Baston as Prideful; Fred Hechinger as Young Ridgeway; Owen Harn as Chandler.

Details:  The Underground Railroad is an upcoming American historical fiction limited television series set to premiere on Amazon Video.  The project is based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel The Underground Railroad, which won a Pulitzer Prize a month after Amazon bought the adaptation. The book drew critical praise for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable, moving beyond the boundaries of realism in its depiction of a mythical underground train that transports slaves across an alternate America.

Story:  The story centers on young Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape.  The underground railroad is no mere metaphor — engineers and conductors operate a network of tracks and tunnels constructed in secret beneath the very Southern soil upon which they’ve been enslaved. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, a relentless slave catcher of mythic origin, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state-by-state, seeking true freedom in a heroine’s journey carved through the soil and soul of America. Source:  Deadline; Wikipedia.

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