Oh look, another Safari slasher

2014-07-20 15:00

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In a trend that refuses to end, Heatstroke appears to be another film about white people surviving ‘deepest, darkest Africa’, writes Naledi Mashishi

Hollywood has released yet another safari slasher with a trailer that shows the film set in an Africa devoid of black people.

This film, Heatstroke, stars Stephen Dorff. We would like to rename him Stephen Doff for choosing to star in this steaming pile of lion dung.

He plays Paul O’Malley, a research scientist who?–?by a cruel twist of fate?–?leaves his girlfriend (Svetlana Metkina) and daughter (Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams) alone in the South African wilderness. Oops! Spoiler alert.

Together, the beauty and the sullen teen must brave the harsh African elements, dangerous wild animals, evil arms dealers and?...?is this beginning to sound familiar?

That’s because it is. I bet there are poachers too.

Heatstroke is the latest in a new and nauseating wave of safari slashers such as the cunningly titled Safari (2013) and the genuinely hilarious One Last Look (2012), which stretches all the way back to 1932’s Congrilla.

In these films, white people brave the exotic African wilderness (read Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness) where their lives are threatened by

wild animals and wild people.

Black people are either commodified, killed off, random happy servants or absent.

Hot on the heels of Adam Sandler’s latest train wreck, Blended, it seems Hollywood will never get tired of reinforcing offensive African stereotypes.

You don’t like it? No one does.

Heatstroke received a 0% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while Blended did slightly better with 14%.

Hopefully this time Hollywood will get the hint.


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