Horror is about to take a voodoo turn with the film “Vipaka”, according to The Hollywood Reporter. According to the site, the film will star Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie, Mike Epps and Sanaa Lathan; the film will be directed by Philippe Caland and is written by horror veteran Shin Shimosawa (“The Grudge,” “The Echo,” “The Ringer”). Whitaker has worked with Shimosawa before on “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”.

The synopsis of the film, according to the article, is about a severely disturbed contractor (Whitaker) who seeks help from a life coach (Mackie). The therapy session becomes a dangerous and scary psychological game. The contractor lator abducts the life coach and uses his spiritual messages to terrorize him and his family (Lathan playing the coach’s wife, Epps playing his brother).

Production will begin this week in New Orleans, the perfect American city for a movie such as this one.

Being an African-American, I haven’t seen many horror movies featuring an all-black cast. Perhaps I’m not as versed on my horror films as I should be, but this movie seems like it could be a turning point in what constitutes as a horror movie. From my standpoint, the film seems very unique.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments section below.

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By Monique Jones

Monique Jones blogs about race and culture in entertainment, particularly movies and television. You can read her articles at Racialicious, and her new site, COLOR . You can also listen to her new podcast, What would Monique Say.

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