Jennifer Jayleen Martinez, Faizon Love, and Luenell Campell all star in writer/director Roy Belfrey’s upcoming indie horror feature, “Matthew 18,” from Adopt Films and Bats N Belfrey Productions, which follows Michelle Jamieson (Martinez), a fiercely independent young Washington D.C. woman who wants to go away to college for her pre-med education, despite her super religious parents’ objections. Eventually, they do give in, allowing her to leave, as Michelle takes flight to Minnesota to attend the U of M, where she moves into a large home that’s been kept in her family for generations. And while there, she encounters strange visions, leading her to investigate, and in doing so, discovers her family’s dark past and is forced to deal with the deadly consequences.
The title, “Matthew 18” refers to the Matthew 18: 19-20 chapter and verse from the bible, which states: “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
The film is Belfrey’s feature film directorial debut, and was co-written by Thurl Belfrey.
Roy is producer.
The filmmakers are calling it “the scariest African American film…ever” – at least, that’s what it says on the project’s Facebook page. So, not my words, because I certainly haven’t seen the film yet.
A November 14, 2014 release date is planned for the film.
Ahead of that, a brand new full release trailer has just been unveiled (unlike the 45-second teaser we shared several months ago), with much more footage, given you a better idea of what to expect. Watch it below: