First trailer for Empire star Grace Byers's new horror spoof

the blackening grace byers as allison, grace byers, the blackening, the blackening movie
First trailer for Empire star's new horror spoof Lionsgate

Empire star Grace Byers's new horror spoof The Blackening has released its first trailer.

Directed by Tim Story, The Blackening follows a group of friends on a Juneteenth weekend getaway who find themselves trapped in a cabin in the woods with a killer.

"Forced to play by his rules, the friends soon realize this ain't no motherf****** game," the synopsis reads.

"The Blackening skewers genre tropes and poses the sardonic question: If the entire cast of a horror movie is Black, who dies first?"

Related: Scream 6's first reactions have landed ahead of early UK release

Grace Byers, who's best known for her role as Anika Calhoun in Empire, stars alongside Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, X Mayo, Dewayne Perkins, Antoinette Robertson, Sinqua Walls, Jay Pharoah and Yvonne Orji.

As we see in the hilarious trailer, the group of friends visit a deserted cabin in the woods, where they find a racist board game called 'The Blackening' in the basement.

Per the trailer, the first round of the game tasks the friends to sacrifice the "Blackest" among them in order to save their friend from being murdered.

"In your predicament, the Black character is always the first to die. I will spare your lives if you sacrifice the person you deem 'the Blackest'," the first card in the game reads.

the blackening movie cast, the blackening, the blackening movie, antoinette robertson, sinqua walls, dewayne perkins, jermaine fowler

Related: Evil Dead Rise director addresses whether it's connected to previous movies

If the trailer is anything to go by, the upcoming horror-comedy looks set to poke fun at countless horror tropes and movie franchises, borrowing from the likes of Scream, The Evil Dead and Saw.

Written by Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins, The Blackening is slated for release on June 16, in time for Juneteenth (June 19), a federal holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

The Blackening has a release date of June 16 in the US, while a UK release date is yet to be announced.

You Might Also Like