Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween opens in theatres October 21, 2016.
While Tyler Perry has showcased his most popular creation in more than a dozen raucous and emotional stage and screen comedies, he never intended to cast her in a Halloween film. “Ghosts and goblins — that’s just not my thing,” says the director, producer, writer and star of the blockbuster franchise. “Then Lionsgate called me and said, ‘In his film Top Five, Chris Rock made a joke about a movie called Boo! A Madea Halloween. Have you ever thought about doing a Halloween movie?’”
Before committing to the concept, Tyler Perry knew he had to create a story that worked for him as a filmmaker, and for Madea as a character. “So I came up with an idea I thought would be hysterical and wouldn’t take Madea too far out of her lane,” he says. “This is not your typical Halloween movie — there are so many pee-your-pants moments. Anyone who sees this movie should bring Depends.”As the film begins, divorced dad Brian (played by Tyler Perry) must leave his rebellious teen daughter Tiffany home alone on Halloween. He enlists his aunt Madea, Uncle Joe (both also played by Perry), and friends Hattie and Aunt Bam to keep an eye on her.
Determined to meet her girlfriends at a nearby frat party, Tiffany tricks her four gullible chaperones with a frighteningly realistic ghost story that convinces them to stay in their rooms so she can sneak out. All hell and hilarity break loose when Madea, Hattie and Aunt Bam crash the party to bring their baby girl home. And when the women call the cops to break up the Halloween rager, the brothers of Beta Psi Alpha dress as ghosts and ghouls to terrorize them. But of course, the boys soon learn that they are messing with the wrong woman.
“This is a whole new side of Madea because audiences don’t think of her as someone who gets scared,” says Tyler Perry. “Watching Madea running from ghosts had everyone on set cracking up. They chase her right into a church — a place she swore she’d never go unless they had a smoking section!”
As always, Madea makes herself the center of the action with her outrageously outspoken attitude and unconventional take on family values, but the film’s core drama is centered on the conflict between Madea’s straight-laced lawyer nephew Brian and his 17-year-old daughter Tiffany, played by “The X Factor” finalist Diamond White. “Tiffany seemed like a spicier version of myself, which was such fun to play,” says White. “She’s kind of a bratty kid, but her attitude comes from a place of deep hurt following her parents’ divorce.”
Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween marks the first film in which fan favorites Hattie, Aunt Bam and Madea all team up for a wild and weird adventure, tracking down Tiffany while fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists and misbehaving teens. “Putting these three characters together is just a triangle of laughs that does not stop,” says Perry.
Aunt Bam, played by Cassi Davis (Madea’s Neighbors from Hell, Madea’s Big Happy Family) is Madea’s guileless, pot-smoking cousin. “Aunt Bam is recovering from hip surgery,” explains Davis. “She spends much of the movie flashing her medical marijuana card and swiping candy from the neighborhood kids — her favorite Halloween activity.” The film, she says, is a hilarious culture clash between generations. “It’s youth versus old school,” says Davis. “Sure, they have time on their side, but wisdom will win every time. So young people — let’s give it up and turn up!”