Writer/Producer Tracy Oliver Talks Bringing Blackout To The Big Screen | Exclusive

Writer/Producer Tracy Oliver Talks Bringing Blackout To The Big Screen |  Exclusive

Lionsgate’s “The Blackening” is now playing in theaters. This is a comedic horror movie that pokes fun at some of the stereotypes of black characters we’ve seen in horror movies of the past. In many cases, they have been portrayed as an expendable secondary character who is unfortunately one of the first to be killed by whatever pursues them.

Lately, we’ve seen a growth of black filmmakers like Jordan Peele and others, opening the door for better black characters in horror movies. These movies aren’t just set and forgotten, they’ve made money and attracted large audiences, resulting in more being made. Movies like “Us” and “Get Out” are well known to all horror fans.

“The Blackening,” courtesy of writers Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins, and director Tim Story, will give you a lighthearted look at black culture that shows you that while skin colors can be similar, their personalities can be everywhere. the place. Showing how diverse a group of friends can be.


With the release of “The Blackening” LRG onlineManny Gomez spoke with Tracy Oliver. She is the screenwriter and producer of the film. During our conversation, she shares with us where this movie idea came from as well as why it was the right time for the film.

We also talked about his experience working with a micro budget and how working with an experienced filmmaker like Story helped steer the film in the right direction. Oliver shares with us how this experience has boosted his confidence in not allowing himself to think that something can’t be done due to restrictions such as budgets and deadlines. It was a fantastic conversation which you can watch below!

Here is the synopsis of “The Blackening”

THE BLACKENING centers on a group of black friends who reunite for a weekend getaway on June 19 only to find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a twisted killer. Forced to play by its rules, the friends soon realize it’s no fucking game.

Photo credit: Glen Wilson

Directed by Tim Story (Ride Along, Think Like a Man, Barbershop) and script and screenplay by Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip, Harlem) & Dewayne Perkins (The Amber Ruffin Show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), THE BLACKENING skewers genre tropes and asks the sardonic question: if the entire cast of a horror movie is black, who dies first?

‘The Blackening’ is in theaters now.

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