Release Date:3/11/23; Lifetime Genre: Drama Rating:TV-14 Director:Jaira Thomas Studio(s):Swirl Films, Lifetime Television
Cast: Remy Ma (Patricia), Tami Roman (Mia), Daijah Peters (Cameron), Danielle LaRoach (Nancy), Stevie Baggs, Jr. (Chris), Teisha Speight (Joanne).
Story:Based on real-life events. 10-year-old Cameron, who, after her mother Patricia suffered an aneurysm, is adopted by her Aunt Mia, despite having a record as a convicted murderer that was overlooked by overworked social workers. Soon after arriving in her new home, Cameron begins to hear strange voices at night coming from the basement’s locked door. She later discovers what was actually behind that door–people chained to the wall, innocent victims of her aunt’s schemes to enrich herself by cashing their benefit checks. It wasn’t long before Cameron was demoted down into the basement herself, where she would stay for the next ten years while her mother frantically searches for her whereabouts without much help from social services or the authorities. When Cameron finds herself locked in a closet with no food, no water, and no human contact, only her faith keeps her alive before she is rescued.
This is the latest in Lifetime’s “Girl In” movies which showcase harrowing stories of women who survive horrific circumstances, per the network’s news release. The movies include Girl in Room 13, Girl in the Basement, Girl in the Bunker, Girl in the Box and Girl in the Shed. Source: mylifetime.com.
Release Date:3/4/2023; Lifetime Genre: Drama Rating: TV-14 Director:Delmar Washington Studio(s): Johnson Production Group, Motion Content Group, Lifetime Television.
Cast: Garcelle Beauvais (Cheryl), Iyana Halley (Lauren), Taylor Mosby (Marley), Linda Park (Elise), Cleo Fraser (Bella).
Story: When Cheryl gets into an argument with her daughter Lauren over her desire to drop out of college, she initially thinks Lauren is simply ignoring her calls and texts, but Cheryl soon realizes Lauren is missing. While she attempts to get help from authorities and the media, they quickly dismiss the case, labeling Lauren as a runaway while they are all too consumed with another case–that of a missing white girl. Desperate to find Lauren, Cheryl and her 15-year-old daughter Marley enlist the help of a dedicated community of amateur internet sleuths to try to find Lauren. Cheryl also discovers the Black and Missing Foundation and is horrified to discover the disparity in how missing persons of color cases are treated with significant lack of media attention and law enforcement resources.
Black Girl Missing, is Lifetime network’s latest addition in its Stop Violence Against Women campaign, focusing on people of color and the lack of media attention on their stories when they go missing. Sources: mylifetime.com; jacksonprogress-argus.com. Photo Source: jacksonprogress-argus.com.
Details Year of Release: 1985 Genre: Comedy/Horror Rating: NR Runtime: 94 mins. Studio(s): ABC Video Enterprises, Capital Cities, American Broadcasting Company (ABC), Anchor Bay Entertainment Director: Jack Bender
Shari Belafonte as Melissa Cavender
LeVar Burton as Vinnie Davis
Jonelle Allen as Lucinda Cavender
Lee Montgomery as Phil Grenville
Peter DeLuise as Mitch Crandall
Dedee Pfeiffer as Mary Masterson
Jonna Lee as Sandy Matthews
Cindy Morgan as Vicky Jensen
Kurtwood Smith as Captain Warren Jensen
Dick Van Patten as Martin Grenville
Sheila Larken as Janet Grenville
Wolfman Jack as the radio DJ
Kevin McCarthy as Judge Crandall
Macaulay Culkin as a Halloween kid
It’s Halloween in the small town of Pitchford Cove and five high school friends, Phil, Mary, Mitch, Vinnie, and Melissa, plan on making it a night they will never forget. They steal outfits from the town’s historic museum and come upon other old artifacts, including an old trunk encasing a paper scroll which contains an ancient curse. When Melissa, latent sorceress, recites the curse at the local cemetery, things take a turn for the worse.
The town’s dead, led by Melissa’s great-great-great-great-grandmother Lucinda Cavender, a witch who was put to death 300 years earlier, rise up from their graves and roam the town. As Melissa, Vinnie, Mitch, and Mary enjoy themselves at their annual Halloween costume party, Phil encounters a mysterious girl, named Sandra “Sandy” Matthews, dressed in a vintage 1950’s cheerleader outfit, who warns him that the whole town is in danger.
Meanwhile, Lucinda and the various undead crash the costume party. At first, nobody pays much attention to them since everyone is in costume. However, Lucinda begins turning the party guests into vampires, starting with her great-great-great-great-granddaughter Melissa.
When Sandy discovers that Phil and his friends recited the ancient spell in the cemetery, they realize that the whole town is being overrun by the living dead and decide to team up to break the curse. The only way to do so is to find the Grenville Spirit Ring inside the grave of a witch-hunter Nathaniel Grenville – who, coincidentally, was Phil’s great-great-great-great-grandfather and slave owner of Lucinda Cavender, her arch-nemesis – and use it to undo the curse. Phil and “good ghost” Sandy must restore the town to normal by midnight before it is too late and the curse becomes permanent.
When the local police do not take Phil and Sandy’s warning seriously, Phil manages to get his father’s hunting rifle to make silver bullets from his father’s silver coins. When the couple ventures to the Halloween party, they discover everyone turned into undead zombies, vampires, witches or other evil beings. Phil manages to get the Grenville Spirit Ring from the zombie Vinnie. Phil and Sandy drive back to the town’s cemetery to break into Grenville’s crypt to take his remains to use to seal the scroll just as Lucinda and a horde of undead arrive and attack. Cornered in Phil’s car, he and Sandy manage to use candle wax to seal the parchment scroll and in a flash, Sandy and all of the undead vanish, plus the wounds that Phil sustains during this event disappear and the damage to his car is also gone as if the entire event never happened.
Phil finds himself all alone in the cemetery where he finds Sandy’s grave and finally learns that she has been one of the undead too, but that restoring the damage done has also made Sandy disappear too. As the time turns twelve midnight, Phil begins to drive back to town when he hears a music dedication on his car radio from ‘Sandy’ in devoting a song to him implying that she will always be looking after him from beyond the grave.
Notes The Midnight Hour had its world premiere on ABC on Friday, November 1, 1985. Vidmark released The Midnight Hour on VHS in May 1989. Anchor Bay Entertainment released it on Region 1 DVD on September 19, 2000. The film was previously released on VHS by Anchor Bay Entertainment on July 20, 1999. Both releases of the film are out of print and are extremely rare among collectors. Source: Wikipedia; IMDB.
Release Date: 4/20/19; MTV Genre: Comedy Rating: NR Director: Bruce Leddy Studio(s):Universal 1440 Entertainment, Smith-Garr Productions, Music Television (MTV). Running Time:Unknown Cast: Mike Epps, Lil Yachty, D.C. Young Fly, Alyssa Goss, DeRay Davis, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Blac Youngsta, NeNe Leakes, Cynthia Bailey, Lil Baby, and Justine Skye.
Story: Follow-up to the 2001 film, chronicles two young “potrepreneurs” on a magical hash-fueled journey to fund their on-demand munchies delivery start-up. Sources: Deadline; Movieweb.
Release Date:7/28/18; BET Genre:Thriller Rating:Unknown Director:Chris Stokes Studio(s):Footage Films Running time: Unknown
Cast:Draya Michele (Tracy), Elise Neal (Megan), Charles Malik Whitfield (Thomas), Cassidey Fralin (Brittany). Story: After years of separation, Thomas, a loving father and ex-husband, rekindles his relationship with his former wife, Megan, played by Elise Neal. This enrages Tracy (Draya Michele), who is obsessed with making Thomas hers and wants his ex out of the picture. How far will Tracy go to make sure Megan and her family disappear forever? Source: BET.
Release Date:9/4/18; BET Genre:Biography Rating: NR Director: Kiel Adrian Scott Studio(s):Jesse Collins Entertainment, Black Entertainment Television (BET) Running time:Unknown Cast:Woody McClain (Bobby Brown), Gabrielle Dennis (Whitney Houston), Mekhi Phifer (Tommy Brown), Laz Alonso (Louil Silas, Jr.), T.K. Carter (Herbert Brown), Lance Gross (Steven Sealy), LilRel Howery (Brian Irvine), Sandi McCree (Carole Brown), Alyssa Goss (Alicia Etheridge), Tyler Marcel Williams (Young Bobby), Donshea Hopkins (Bobbi Kristina Brown).
Story:Whitney and Bobby’s roller-coaster marriage played out on the covers of tabloids and even reality TV, and the film will showcase their successes and struggles during their turbulent relationship. The New Edition Story broke BET ratings records when it aired in January 2017, and The Bobby Brown Story picks up where that pic left off, following Brown’s successful solo run. McClain is reprising his role as Brown, one of the genre’s original “bad boys” whose life epitomizes the meaning of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. His hits may have kept him at the top of the charts, but his antics kept him on the front page.
Gabrielle Dennis will play iconic diva, Whitney Houston in the two-part miniseries while Bobbi Kristina will be portrayed by Donshea Hopkins. Phifer plays Tommy Brown, Bobby’s brother. Howery is Brian Irvine, Bobby’s business manager. Carter plays Herbert “Pops” Brown, Bobby’s father. Alonso is Louil Silas, Jr., an MCA producer-executive who helps make Bobby a solo star. Gross is set as Steven Sealy, a childhood friend of Bobby’s who is killed in a gunfight after hanging with him at a hometown bar. Goss plays Bobby’s current wife, Alicia Etheridge, and McCree will reprise her New Edition Story role as Bobby’s mother Carole Brown.Source: Deadline; Photo Source: Deadline (Rex/Shutterstock; Associated Press).