'Black as Night' is set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans that is infested by vampires preying on the most vulnerable and Shawna is on a mission to save them.
A new vampire film with teen vampire-slayers is now streaming on Amazon Prime. Black as Night is set in post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans that is infested by vampires preying on the most vulnerable. Shawna is a teenager who is struggling with her self-esteem but as she takes on the challenge of fighting off vampires with her best friend and a peculiar rich girl, she becomes more confident as a person.
This film is part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse series of thriller and horror movies. It is the sixth installment in the anthology of stories developed and produced by Blumhouse Productions for Prime Video as Amazon Prime Originals.
Warning, there are major spoilers ahead.
Shawna (Asjha Cooper) lives with her mother, who is a drug user, in New Orleans. In this place, there are vengeful vampires who are being prepped by a Black preacher, Babineaux (Keith David), who is also a vampire, to wage war against the centuries of slavery of the Black people in America.
One night, Shawna and her mother get attacked by vampires. While Shawna manages to escape, her mother is not so lucky and is killed by the vampires. Shawna is now determined to avenge her mother's death. She recruits her best friend Pedro (Fabrizio Guido), the boy she is pining for, Chris (Mason Beauchamp), and Granya (Abbie Gayle) who is obsessed with vampire fiction and becomes their guide. They are also assisted by a modern vampire from a rival coven who believes what Babineaux is set out to do is wrong.
With the help of the vampires that do not feed on human blood, Shawna and her gang go into battle with the vengeful vampires. Action ensues and Pedro ends up being killed by the vampires in the process.
As the battle gets brutal, Shawna faces off with Babineaux. We learn that before seeking revenge, the vampires had a well-intentioned goal of saving the neighborhood. But this turned upside down because of greed and became what it was today. Babineaux, impressed by Shawna's qualities, tries to recruit her to be a part of his group. Shawna cleverly declines his advances and in the process manages to kill him with the silver locket that was given to her by her mother. Just like that, Shawna manages to put an end to Babineaux's vengeful plans.
The movie ends with a surprising twist, however. Shawna thinks she has lost her mother and best friend. But the ending shot suggests otherwise as there is a knock on the door and it opens to reveal Pedro who seems to have come back. This cliffhanger is perhaps suggesting that there is more to come.
The film is not subtle in its presentation of the state New Orleans has been left in after Hurricane Katrina. There is a theme of racism with an additional metaphor of vampires as blood-sucking beings preying on the marginalized people in the area who don't even have proper living conditions.