is the true successor to the 70’s cult classic, “Blacula.” Not a spoof, satire or send-up, it’s a chilling thriller, delving into the disparity between
logic/science and faith/spirituality/the supernatural. When the film’s lead character is confronted with horrifying evil, which belief system can save her
– the faith-based one traditional in her family, or her own scientific, scholarly one?
Co-starring popular actors Faizon Love and Luenell, who are generally known for their comedic talents, the two portray more serious characters in “Matthew 18,” which moviegoers are sure to find fascinating. The film also introduces newcomers Jennifer Jayleen Martinez and “America’s Next Top
Model” favorite Don Benjamin. The storyline follows Michelle Jamieson (Martinez), a fiercely independent young Washington, DC woman who wants to go away to
college for her pre-med education, despite her super-religious parents’ objections. Eventually they do give in and allow her to leave, to attend the
University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she moves into a large home that’s been kept in her family for generations. While staying there, she
encounters strange, frightening, unexplainable visions, leading her to investigate, and in so doing, she uncovers her family’s deep, dark past.
The film’s title, “Matthew 18,” refers to a Bible passage,
Matthew 18: 19-20, which states “Again I say to you that if two of you
shall agree on
earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done
for them of My Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are
gathered together in
My name, there am I in the midst of them.”
This is the feature film directorial debut of
filmmaker/screenwriter/producer Roy Belfrey, for Minneapolis-based Bats N
After surviving Halloween on October 31, audiences will have a couple
weeks to recuperate, and prepare for a spine-tingling cinematic journey
with “Matthew 18” on November 14!