The Reading (2023) - Top American horror-thriller film
The Reading is an American 2023 horror–thriller film written and directed by Courtney Glaudé. The film stars Mo’Nique, Chasity Sereal, Denisha Hardeman and Charnele Brown.
After a horrible home invasion that takes the majority of the lives of a beautiful family, Emma (Mo’Nique), the sole survivor of the horrific attack, finds ways of getting over her trauma by writing a novel. Later on, in the story, things become a blood bath after Emma receives a reading from young psychic Sky (Chasity Sereal) and her team.
- Mo’Nique as Emma Leeden
- Chasity Sereal as Sky Brown
- Denisha Hardeman as Jessie
- Ian Haywood as Greg
- Mcauley Teters as Randy
- Lisa Alavi as Ashley Leeden
- Charnele Brown as Oda Brown
- Cooper Helm as
- Matthew Leeden
- Nai Nguyen as Kyren Leeden
- Maudejanei Alero as Kendall Leeden
- Sarah Alavi as Rachel Gates
- Jonathan Algeroy as Johnny
- Will Scott as Mailman
- Courtney Glaude as Homeless Guy
- Kim Davis as Johnny’s Mom
- R.J. Atkins as Bartender
- Kyhle Jamerson as Masked Intruder #1
- TreKessa LeFleur as Masked Intruder #2
- Valerie Tyler as Masked Intruder #3
- Shae Woodard as Masked Intruder #4
Courtney Glaudé directed and produced the film, along with Lee Daniels, who was the executive producer for this feature.
It premiered on BET+ platforms on February 2, 2023.
Sharai Bohannon of Dread Central wrote,” I think there is a lot of really great stuff in the top half of this script. I just wish that it had carried over more and found a way to coexist with what we got. Also, I think the uneven acting draws attention to some of the design elements that possibly hinder the story from getting the tension it deserves. As messy as it was, I’m happy I saw it. Also, very happy Mo’Nique gave me a character I have longed to see.”