In the style of the classic slashers of the 1980s like the sagas that started with Sleepaway Camp (1983) and, overall, Friday the 13th (1980), now we get a new title that pays homage to those cult classics and at the same time proposes a blast of gory slasher horror with a good dosage of comedy. Here it comes, Black Holler (2017).
The movie is set in 1989, where Laquita Johnson is forced to go on a college class trip to the mysterious woods of Black Holler. Her classmates just wanna have fun, her chaperones are totally clueless, and the woods have a mind of their own. When students start disappearing, Laquita becomes their only hope of getting out of the woods alive. With a high body count, killer original soundtrack, and a cast that looks like The Breakfast Club (1985), this movie is a campy love letter to 80s slasher flicks.
This is the debut feature of Jason Berg, who has been the co-writer, camera operator, cinematographer, associate producer, props master, and director of the film. The story was co-written by two of the actresses in the movie, Heidi Ervin and Rachel Ward Heggen.
Tamiko Robinson Steele plays the role of Laquita Johnson in a cast that also includes J.R. Robles, Vivi Vendetta, Rachel Ward Heggen, Sarah VanArsdal, Heidi Ervin, Betty Williams, Bruce Ervin, Brad Edwards, Justin Tarrents, and Paul Michaels as the narrator.
Black Holler (2017) has collected a few awards and nominations in small genre festivals through 2017, 2018, and 2019. Now it is coming out on a digital release by Wild Eye Releasing. Watch the trailer here.