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Trailer For Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes Horror Short 'Danger Word'

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 14, 2013 10:53 AM
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Danger Word

Here's your first look (via trailer) at the upcoming short horror film from Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due, titled Danger Word.

The couple adapted the apocalyptic tale from their novel Devil's Wake (currently on sale).

The plot: 

A 13-year-old girl and her grandfather have survived the zombie plague in his wooded cabin – but her birthday celebration goes badly awry.

The film stars Frankie Faison and Saoirse Scott as the grandfather and the 13-year-old girl. 

And Luchina Fisher, an award-winning writer and producer directs.

Due and Barnes have set up a Facebook page (HERE), as well as a website (HERE) for the project, where you can keep up with the project's progress. It's been shot, and is now in post-production.

Nijla recently interviewed the couple for S&A, about Danger Word, and much more, which you can read HERE if you missed it.

Watch the first trailer below:

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  • CC | June 15, 2013 1:31 PMReply

    Side Bar:

    I've often talked about "movies" being much more than entertainment in that they inspire thoughts and discussions on topics unrelated to the central theme of said movie.

    Well, upon hearing the opening song in this trailer (Amazing Grace) my mind went there. Who knew that song was written by an English slave trader? That's true. Although the song's central message is forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair, the author participated in the Atlantic slave trade until 1755.

    "But Carey, how does that relate to the horror short "Danger Word"?

    Good question 'cause I was wondering the same thing. I mean, well... this is a "black" blog so the topic of race is always on the table. Specifically, the topic of "slaves" -- as of late -- always seems to start the house poppin'. However, for me, the song in conjunction with the horrible images (blood, guts and gore) had me scratching my head.

    The song brought back memories of a time I was going through a terrible storm in my life. I was in a place called Hazelton. Amazing Grace was sung every day, sometimes multiple times each day, upon "graduation". So I guess I am simply wondering how the message in the song relates to the theme of this short?

    Hey, maybe I should throw an offering in the plate to help the ending come to fruition?

  • Katie | June 15, 2013 12:28 PMReply

    I can't wait to see this. Fuck yeah black protagonists! I love seeing little black girls on screen! *adds Devil's Wake and Domino Falls to my GoodReads To-Read list*

    And I got ya'll as soon as I get paid this Friday. Let's do this! I'm so excited, my first donation supporting black content creators. ^_^

  • Tananarive Due | June 14, 2013 12:16 PMReply

    Thanks so much for this post--and for the support of Shadow & Act along the way! We are currently raising funds to complete post-production, but feel so blessed to have come this far!

  • CareyCarey | June 14, 2013 1:34 PM

    Ms. Due, since I've never met you, I think this is a perfect place and time to thank you.

    You see, when I see your name I think of my wife who has gone home. You were one of her favorite authors. I remember back in the late 90's when she first mentioned your name and your writing style/genre, "they" were quite "different" in many ways. Heck, your name was even "different" or hard for me to pronounce. I remember saying "what's her name again... ta-na-nah-do-doo?". My wife would laugh but I never got it right. But more importantly, your genre comes to mind. I remember her sitting up ALL NIGHT reading My Soul To Keep.

    When the sun rose and I was getting up to go to work, there she was sitting at the breakfast table, coffee in one hand, your book in the other. After a few pleasant morning exchanges she told me a few snippets of the characters inside that book. Well, since I am basically a Walter Moseley, Langston Hughes, W.E.B Du Bois and Harlem Renaissance kind of guy, I was blown away by her interests in "immortals". And, at that time I didn't know black women wrote in that genre. That reminds me, aside from the genre, my wife expressed more excitement about your color and the color of the characters in your book. She was a ferocious reader (if I wanted to make her smile, it wouldn't be roses or diamonds or a night out at a fine dining restaurant that saw me getting my biggest hugs, all I had to do was buy her a book) so needless to say, I owe you a debt of gratitude. When I see your name I think of her which takes me down a memory lane of wonderful thoughts and experiences.

    My wife left this life in 2003 (after reading all of your book at that time) so thank you again for taking me back to those days in our home in which I listened to her tell me about your literature.

    And btw, I am still in possession of those books and maybe one day I might have the opportunity to get your autograph - in them - to put a cherry on this cake.


  • Donella | June 14, 2013 11:32 AMReply

    I'm interested. I read Devil's Wake and just finished Domino Falls. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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