The Blackening review: “A fast-paced, frequently hilarious slasher spoof”

It’s one of the most notorious tropes in slasher cinema: the Black character always dies first. But what happens when all the characters are Black? That’s the killer concept at the heart of this rollicking horror spoof. 

Director Tim Story (Barbershop, Ride Along, 2005’s Fantastic Four) skewers Hollywood convention and urban stereotypes in a rapid-fire satire that manages to be both scathing and affectionate. If the plot ultimately feels a tad stretched – despite the 97-minute run time – you’ll likely be having too much fun to care. 

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