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Thriller

  • 87 min
  • Nightfall
  • English
  • USA
  • 2018
Years after a childhood prank goes horribly wrong, a clique of South Central LA teens find themselves terrorized during Homecoming weekend by a killer hell-bent on revenge.
About The Film

What starts out as a cruel but innocent childhood prank turns deadly when introvert target Chauncey Page accidentally kills one of his tormentors. With their friend dead and young Chauncey sent to prison, the children at fault swallow their guilt and get on with their lives as best they can. Years later Chauncey is released. A tall, intimidating figure, his return to the neighborhood conjures uncomfortable feelings for the kids, now teenagers, who fear that he may want to confront them about the horrible past. With their high school preparing for Homecoming and parties and romance at the forefront of their minds, everyone is traumatized when members of their crew start turning up murdered in increasingly gruesome ways. It becomes clear that Chauncey wants far more than a simple apology—he wants revenge.

Thriller isn’t just another slasher film with the novelty of an urban setting and black lead characters. Thriller reevaluates and translates the traditional slasher film story from its roots in 1970s white suburbia to the lives of African-American teenagers experiencing racism, violence and an unforgiving cityscape in modern-day Compton, CA. Drops of revolutionary slasher films such as Halloween (1978), Prom Night (1980) and Terror Train (1980) splatter the film’s cinematography and production design as the narrative manages to participate in the meta—a la self-aware horror of films like Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) —while simultaneously and impressively avoiding it.

- Heidi Honeycutt, Head of Nightfall

Q&A with cast and crew will immediately follow this screening, schedules permitting.

Director
  • Dallas Jackson
Producers
  • Greg Gilreath
  • Adam Hendricks
  • Dallas Jackson
  • John Lang
Executive Producers
  • RZA
  • Zac Locke
Starring
  • Jessica Allain
  • Luke Tennie
  • Tequan Richmond
  • Paige Hurd
  • Mykelti Williamson
  • RZA
Screenwriters
  • Dallas Jackson
  • Ken Rance
Production Company
  • Divide/Conquer
Cinematographer
  • Mac Fisken
Editor
  • John Quinn

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