Nineteen-year-old Laya DeLeon Hayes is unquestionably bringing on the screams in the new horror movie, “The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster.” A SXSW 2023 Film Festival Official Selection, this new horror movie, has gotten 91% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, signaling that this is a must-see.

According to the Los Angeles Times, and if you are a fan of 18th century Victorian literature, think Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this new movie will unquestionably have you wanting to stream asap!


So, just what can be expected from this project from filmmaker Bomani J. Story? Below is a brief synopsis.

[The film] centers his film on Vicaria (Laya DeLeon Hayes), a brilliant teenager who has lost both her mother and sibling to brutal gun violence. Using her impressive scientific know-how, Vicaria attempts to bring the reassembled corpse of her older brother Chris (Edem Atsu-Swanzy) back to life. For the brainy young girl referred to by her neighbors as “The Mad Scientist,” death is presented as a disease that she wishes to cure.

If Hayes looks familiar, then she should. She has a plethora of amazing credits that will lend to not only her notable face, but voice as well. She has starred opposite Queen Latifah in The Equalizer, she is the voice of Doc McStuffins and Angrboda in the video game, God of War: Ragnarök, among many other projects.

In addition to Hayes, the film also stars eight-year-old Amani Summer. The Angry Black Girl and her Monster is Amani’s debut film, and critics are already falling in love with her personality and talent!

“Notably, Amani Summer steals the show with her exceptional acting. She is the little sister that you love to hate as she just doesn’t listen!” Anthony Whyte from The Movie Blog said reviewing Summer’s performance. He continued, “She’s instantly relatable to anybody with a younger sibling and the rage is real. There were multiple scenes in the movie where I just felt my blood pressure rising because she wouldn’t do what Vicaria told her to do.”

The Angry Black Girl and her Monster is not rated and has a run time of 1 hour and 31 minutes. The film is now available on VOD and digital, streaming on platforms such as Amazon Prime, Apple TV, Vudu, among others.


Photo Credit(s)/Featured Image: Laya DeLeon Instagram; @angryblackgirlfilm

Tiffany Silva

Tiffany Silva

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