Tales From the Hood 2

Release Date:  10/2/18; DVD, VOD
Genre:  Horror
Rating:  R
Director(s):  Rusty Cundieff, Darin Scott
Studio(s):   Universal 1440 Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE)
Running Time:  111 mins.
Cast:  Keith David (Portifoy Simms), Bryan Batt (John Lloyd), Kedrick Brown (Booze), Alicia Davis Johnson (PollyAnnas Hockenbull), Creighton Thomas (Cliff Bettis).
Story:   Keith David is Mr. Simms, who will present four horrific stories of lust, greed, pride and politics through tales of demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens and historical ghosts. Mr. Simms’s haunting stories will make you laugh… while you scream. TALES FROM THE HOOD 2 is squarely in the tradition of outrageous, entertaining anthology horror, but it also addresses serious issues with a forceful point of view, just as folklore has done throughout history.  Source:  Dread Central.

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The Transfiguration

Release Date:  8/8/17; DVD (Original Release – 2016)
Genre:  Drama/Horror
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  97 mins.
Director:  Michael O’Shea
Studio:   Transfiguration Productions, Strand Releasing
Cast:  Eric Ruffin (Milo), Chloe Levine (Sophie), Aaron Moten (Lewis).

Story:  The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo’s dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality. A chilling portrait of violence, The Transfiguration is an atmospheric thriller set against the grit of New York City.  Source:  Official Site.

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Get Out

get-outRelease Date:   2/24/17; In Theaters
Genre:  Horror
Rating:  Unknown
Running Time:  Unknown
Director:   Jordan Peele
Studio:   Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment.
Cast  Daniel Kaluuya (Chris), Allison Williams (Rose), Keith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford (Dean), Caleb Landry Jones, Catherine Keener (Missy), Betty Gabriel (Georgina), Marcus Henderson (Walter).

Story:  When a young African American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate, he becomes ensnared in a more sinister real reason for the invitation. Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy (Catherine Keener) and Dean (Bradley Whitford).  At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.  Source:  Shadow & Act, IMDB.

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Texas Voodoo Zombies

Texas Voodoo ZombiesRelease Date:  4/19/16 (DVD)
Genre:  Horror
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  98 mins.
Director:  Victor McGlothin
Studio:   Maverick Entertainment Group
Cast:  Garrick Thomas, Sarah Umoh, Jon Ball, Dehz Donahue.
Story:  Ex-con Doobie Jones is faced with a dilemma, find a real job or go back to jail. Just when he thinks his luck has changed, Voodoo priestess Sabrina, casts a spell converting a deadly concoction into a powerful zombie formula. He has a tough decision to make, stand and fight, or run like hell.  Maverick Entertainment.

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The Summoning

The SummoningRelease Date 6/6/15 (TV One)
Genre:  Horror
Rating:  NR
Running Time: Unknown
Studio: Parkside Pictures, Distributors TV One.
Director:  Charles Murray
Cast:  Paula Jai Parker (Angela), Darius McCrary (Drew), Dorian Missick (Wayne), Terrell Tilford (TJ), Reynaldo Gallegos (Trent), Marco Dapper (Adam), Storm Reid (Kendra), Diandra Lyle (Kiki), Kali Hawk (Ruth).

Story: In The Summoning, Paula Jai Parker plays Angela Simmons-Alexander, a young woman who complicates her life by resurrecting her late husband TJ Simmons. Though her new husband Wayne Alexander is everything she could hope for, the passion in her marriage is lukewarm at best. Given an artifact – a spiritual medallion said to awaken the deceased – by a dead friend’s brother, Angela cannot resist temptation and invokes the magic of the mysterious gift. The reunion with her past love is emotional but turns deadly very quickly as his spirit begins to strengthen and make life-threatening demands, including turning Kendra, one of their young daughters, against Wayne. With the help of Kiki, a homeless woman Angela hired to run her bar’s kitchen, they plot to send TJ back to the grave. Source: Broadway World; IMDB. Photo Source: TV One.  Video:  Vimeo/Shadow and Act.

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Fear Files

(f/k/a Fright Night Files)

Fear FilesRelease Date 3/13/15 (TV One)
Genre:  Horror/Thriller
Rating:  NR
Running Time: Unknown
Studio(s):  UpToParr Productions; TV One
Directors:  Russ Parr, Mark Freiburger

Details:  Robin Givens, Columbus Short and Lynn Whitfield headline TV One’s next installment of its horror anthology, “Fear Files” (formerly “Fright Night Files”) with 3 new terrifying tales of love, revenge and murder, on Friday, March 13 at 8PM/ET.

According to Shadow & Act, Radio One Founder and Chairperson, Cathy Hughes said, “Buoyed by the positive viewer and social media response to the inaugural airing, we are pleased to be able to deliver another installment of this compelling and entertaining series. Delving deeper into the horror genre helps fulfill TV One’s mission of super-serving the Black audience with a wide variety of programming genres reflecting the diversity of content Black viewers want to see.

The trilogy event will feature the following stories:

For The Love of Lockwood Too
Starring Nadine Ellis, Sean Blakemore, Eva Marcille and Lynn Whitfield. Lockwood Masters (Blakemore) is back and has another victim in his sights, the beautiful Bianca Wayne (Ellis). After a love potion overdose from Madam Mabry (Whitfield), Lockwood cannot help but devour the women he falls in love with. When Lockwood’s first wife and victim Marla Peters (Marcille) makes a ghostly appearance, Lockwood is trapped between delusions and reality. Meanwhile, Bianca is battling her heart’s desire to fall for this charming man and, much like Marla, she too questions how far she’d go for the love of Lockwood.

Mama’s Boy
Starring Robin Givens, Clifton Powell, Mishon Ratliff and Malachi Malik. Elaine Channing (Givens) is a loving mother with a terrifying secret. All of the men she becomes involved with are met with a tragic end. Desperately, she fears her son is murdering her lovers. In a bizarre twist, Elaine must decide how far she will go to protect her son.

 Fire
Starring Columbus Short, Mel Jackson and Erica Hubbard. When City Councilman Harvey Jordan (Short) unveils a plan to build a football stadium in a low income neighborhood, friction erupts within the community. After a lethal fire removes the last resident blocking his project, many begin to question if this death was in fact an accident, or has the Councilman’s ambition led to murder. The truth begins to haunt him as a determined reporter, Kelisia Waters (Hubbard) will stop at nothing to get answers she desires. Sources: Shadow & Act, EurWeb.

Fright Night Files

Fright Night Files

Release Date:  10/18/14; TV One
Genre:  Horror
Rating:  NR
Running Time:  90 mins.
Studio:  TV One
Director:  Russ Parr

Cast:  Elise Neal, Lynn Whitfield, Victoria Rowell, Harry Lennix, Eva Marcille, Bokeem Woodbine, Sean Blakemore, Davetta Sherwood, Karrueche Tran.

Story:  Fright Night Files is TV One’s first, original horror film — 90 minutes of terror broken into three separate tales that will have you hiding behind your hands. And to scare you through it all is Lynn Whitfield as Madame Mabry, a Jamaican, voodoo expert of the supernatural.

The trilogy event will feature the following stories:

Pillow Talk Channel 187
Late night radio DJ Coffee Black (Elise Neal) has the sultry voice that can seduce any man over the airwaves and in person, she brings them to their knees, in more ways than one. When Coffee begins to receive mysterious calls from past lovers like Isaiah (Bokeem Woodbine) her world is filled with dead air.

For The Love Of Lockwood
Jealousy engulfs Marla Peters (Eva Marcille) just as she is set to marry her fiancé Lockwood Masters (Sean Blakemore) driving him to call off the wedding. Lockwood ultimately forgives Marla and with a little assistance from Madame Mabry (Whitfield) promises to love her… to death.

Mirror, Mirror
Ronald (Harry Lennix) is caught in a love triangle between his new love Alexa (Victoria Rowell) and his live-in girlfriend Jessica (Davetta Sherwood). After coming home to find Jessica and friends including Monique (Karrueche Tran) performing a strange ritual, he breaks the relationship off. As a peace offering, Jessica brings an ornately-decorated mirror that changes his life forever.  Source(s):  TV One; Shadow and Act.

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