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‘Black as Night’ Amplifies Marginalized Voices in the Horror-Comedy Flick

Written by Yolanda Baruch @yobwrite

Asjha Cooper, Fabrizio Guido, and Mason Beauchamp Star in Black as Night Photo Credit: Courtesy of Amazon Studios

Now streaming on Amazon, Welcome to the Blumhouse Anthology presents Black as Night, an action-horror hybrid story that centers around a resourceful teenage girl who contends with a group of deadly vampires. The film has a strong social conscience and a biting sense of humor.

Fifteen years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, a group of vampires has taken up residence in the Big Easy, preying on the city’s vulnerable displaced population. When her drug-addicted mom becomes the latest victim of the undead, 15-year-old Shawna (Asjha Cooper) seeks to avenge her death. Shawna enlists three faithful friends and devises a plan to invade the vampires’ mansion in the historic French Quarter to destroy their leader played menacingly by actor, Keith David, and turn these fanged villains back to their human form.

The film incorporates various themes like colorism, romance, poverty, drug addiction, racial disparity, and the history of New Orleans that add interesting layers to the story.

YV Media Correspondent, Yolanda Baruch, caught up with Asjha Cooper and the director, Mariette Lee Go, to discuss why this film was so important to tell in our present social climate.


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