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Blackstock Boneyard - Movie Review

Blackstock Boneyard

Beware the Griffin farm!

The Griffin Brothers, wrongfully executed for crimes they didn’t commit are back!  And, boy, are they pissed off.  South Carolina will never be the same again once they finish with their murderous rampaging!

"Coming across more cartoonish than real characters, the performances here don’t really work in unison"


Based on a true story involving two black farmers forced to sell their land and executed for supposedly robbing and killing a farmer and then raping his wife at gunpoint, Blackstock Boneyard is horror film that - like Candyman before it - tackles some heavy subjects like race and injustice on its way to the horror show that it really is.  Were the Griffin Brothers guilty of the crime?  Not at all.  It was a greedy land grab done by the white folks in the town, but truth didn’t matter to them.

And now their descendants must pay the price!

Directed by Andre Alfa and written by Stephen George, Blackstock Boneyard takes the 138 acres that brothers Thomas & Meeks Griffin were forced to sell and ravishes our minds with all the nightmares that they induce upon those who profit from their land.  The message in this movie is clear: you reap what you sow.  Every single frame of this horror film hammers that clearly into our skulls and it gets creepier and creepier with each passing minute.

Unfortunately, this low budget film is sunk low by the overall acting from its leads.  Coming across more cartoonish than real characters, the performances here don’t really work in unison to create anything close to truly caring about it.  Wounds are never that bad and the screams are louder than the scares.  It just makes it difficult to plow through no matter how interesting the subject matter is . . . which it is. Blackstock Boneyard

The film stars Ashley Whelan as Lyndsy who suddenly finds herself in the middle of this inheritance that Terry Milam as Judge Carroll Johnson and Bryan McClure as Corey Ramage eagerly want her to sign off on.  Suddenly, grocery shopping turns into warnings of things to come and a night errand turns into a random lynching.  All around the poor girl, the despicable nature of the south and its prejudices against black people mount . . . 

. . . until the avenging Griffin Brothers (played by David Jite and Dean Wil) have had enough and can remain quiet no longer.   

Co-starring Aspen Kennedy, Aubree Storm, and Richie Stephens as Deputy Jasper, all involved in this tale of revenge suddenly find themselves in the middle of a bloody history lesson they probably never learned in school.  Because the Griffin Brothers are out to avenge their own deaths by killing all the descendants of those responsible for what happened to them 100 years prior.

Candyman might be on his way back to theaters, but the Griffin Brothers have their story to tell first!  Blackstock Boneyard, complete with whips, chains, and self-induced scythe blade beheadings, premieres on DVD and Digital June 8 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

2/5 stars

Film Details

Blackstock Boneyard

MPAA Rating: PG-13 on appeal for crude sexual content and language.
Runtime:
94 mins
Director
: Andre Alfa
Writer:
Stephen George
Cast:
Richie Stephens, Bryan McClure, Laura Flannery
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
Wrongly Accused. Murdered. Back for Revenge.
Memorable Movie Quote:
Theatrical Distributor:
Uncork'd Entertainment
Official Site:
Release Date:
On Demand/DVD June 8, 2021
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
June 8, 2021.
Synopsis: Based on an untold true story, brothers Thomas & Meeks Griffin were prominent black farmers who were forced to sell their land and wrongly executed. 100 years later, they’re back to avenge their deaths by killing the descendants of those responsible.

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