The Blackening Movie (2022) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review

The Blackening

June 16, 2023
Status: released

Trailer, Teaser & Videos

Where to Watch The Blackening (Stream)

Amazon Prime Video

The Blackening Movie Details:

Based onThe Blackening
by 3Peat
Country United States
Language English
Release dateSeptember 16, 2022 (TIFF)
June 16, 2023 (United States)
Running time1h 37m
Age ratingR
StarringGrace Byers
Jermaine Fowler
Melvin Gregg
X Mayo
Dewayne Perkins
Antoinette Robertson
Sinqua Walls
Jay Pharoah
Yvonne Orji
Directed by Tim Story
Written byTracy Oliver
Dewayne Perkins
Produced byTim Story
Tracy Oliver
E. Brian Dobbins
Marcei A. Brown
Jason Clark
Sharla Sumpter Bridgett
Cinematography by Todd A. Dos Reis
Edited by Peter S. Elliot
Music byDexter Story
Production CompanyMRC
The Story Company
Tracy Yvonne Productions
Artists First
Catchlight Studios
Distributor Lionsgate

The Blackening Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Grace Byers as Allison
  • Jermaine Fowler as Clifton
  • Melvin Gregg as King
  • X Mayo as Shanika
  • Dewayne Perkins as Dewayne
  • Antoinette Robertson as Lisa
  • Sinqua Walls as Nnamdi
  • Jay Pharoah as Shawn
  • Yvonne Orji as Morgan
  • Diedrich Bader as Ranger White
  • James Preston Rogers as Clive Connor and Camden Connor


The Blackening centers around a group of Black friends who reunite for a Juneteenth weekend getaway only to find themselves trapped in a remote cabin with a twisted killer. Forced to play by his rules, the friends soon realize this ain’t no motherf****** game. The Blackening skewers genre tropes and poses the sardonic question: if the entire cast of a horror movie is Black, who dies first?

About The Blackening Movie:

It is expanded from a 2018 short film by the improv comedy troupe 3Peat, the film follows an all-Black group of friends who encounter a killer while staying at a cabin in the woods.

The film was announced in January 2020, with Tracy Oliver and Dewayne Perkins writing the script. Tim Story was later hired to direct, and filming took place in late 2021. Much of the film’s dialogue was improvised by the cast.

The film premiered at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival on September 16, 2022. The Blackening was released theatrically in the United States on June 16, 2023, the weekend of Juneteenth.

In Canada and the United States, the film was released alongside Elemental and The Flash, and is projected to gross $7–8 million from 1,775 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $900,000 from Thursday night previews.

The tagline “We all can’t die first” refers to a horror trope of the Black character being the first to die.