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"No one could see what we have seen." IFC has revealed another creepy official trailer for the upcoming indie horror The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which will be released next summer meaning they're hoping it'll be a cult hit. Even though the name says it's trailer #2, it's technically the third trailer following two teaser trailers earlier this year. Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox play father-son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. This trailer explains more of "Jane Doe's" backstory, the horrific condition she is found in and what happens when they began to examine her and figure out how she was killed. This looks very creepy and kind of disgusting, which makes it all the more scary to watch. Even better knowing it got rave reviews from the horror fiends at Fantastic Fest, always a good sign. Take a peek.
"The guy is a ghost collecting ghosts." Momentum Pictures has debuted a new trailer for the haunted house horror thriller Abattoir, from director Darren Bousman (of Saw II-IV and Repo! The Genetic Opera). The film stars Jessica Lowndes as a real estate reporter who teams up with a cop to investigate the death of her family. This leads her to discover a house in the town of New English called the Abattoir, featuring "stitched together" unending rooms of death. There's obviously something much more sinister going on with this place, but the question that keeps coming up is: "How do you build a haunted house?" The cast includes Joe Anderson, Dayton Callie, John McConnell and Lin Shaye. If you're a horror fan, give this a look.
"Do you know anything about witches?" Even though it's no longer October, that doesn't mean you can't still appreciate great horror movies. Dario Argento's Suspiria is one of the best horror films ever made, a hyper-stylized thriller about a dancer who discovers her ballet school in Germany is actually a coven of evil witches. There is already a remake in the works, which we'll ignore for now, but in the meantime Italy has restored the film for its 40th anniversary. Suspiria is being re-released in 4K in Italy starting next January for a couple of days. There's a short new trailer for the restored version to watch below, but I'm just happy to hear this is getting a re-release. Maybe it'll hit US theaters sometime in 2017 before the remake comes out? We can only hope. For now, we just have to be jealous of all the moviegoers in Italy who get to see this.
"Milton Mulberry Jr. was going to die. Now, you're probably thinking: 'what a morbid way to start a story…'" Looking for something fun to watch this Halloween? Check out this amusing new short film Dead Hearts, a "gothic bedtime story" about two young lovers that is filled with "taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves". Valin Shinyei stars as a young unfazed-by-death mortician along with Dalila Bela as the taxidermy-loving blind girl he falls for, and they make for an adorable couple. I shouldn't make the obvious comparison but this definitely has the "if Wes Anderson made a horror movie" vibe, though it's really quite charming and enjoyable. I appreciate the way the story shifts in the second half, bringing the film full-circle.
"You've done this before…? Why do you do it?" Magnolia Pictures has released a second trailer for the B&W indie horror drama The Eyes of My Mother, timed for release on Halloween because it's a twisted little tease that will haunt you well into the night. Diana Agostini plays "Mother" in this nasty horror about a mother who teaches her daughter to be "unfazed by death". The film has been described as a nightmare that is so unsettling and disturbing that many who've seen it want to forget it but can't. The Eyes of My Mother stars Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Flora Diaz, Paul Nazak, Clara Wong, and Olivia Bond. There's only one scene in this new trailer but if you listen (and look) carefully, you will figure out what's happening.
It's just a drawing, it can't harm anyone, right? One more horror short film to feature before the end of the month. This one is titled The Drawing, made by a handful of horror fans on their own time and with their own money. The Drawing stars Clarke Wolfe (host of Collider Nightmares) as a woman who comes across a random monster drawing while out jogging. It's directed by Jason Brown of 1A Plate Productions, with a script written by Micah Roland. It's just a simple, fun, entertaining little horror short to get you in the mood for Halloween. I also dig the poster they made for it, seen below, created by artist Ted Bracewell. Watch out.
"Welcome to the house of the Dead Men." Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for the horror thriller City of Dead Men, set mostly at an eerie psychiatric hospital in Colombia. The horror film stars Diego Boneta (from "Scream Queens" and Rock of Ages) as an American tourist who ends up in the town of Medellin in Colombia, befriending a local woman (played by Maria Mesa) who introduces him to "group of young misfits" that call themselves the "Dead Men". The leader of the group is Jacob, played by Jackson Rathbone, a mysterious figure who brings the newcomer to their home at an abandon psychiatric hospital for children on the outskirts of the city. Of course, things get weird and he starts to feel the presence of the kids. It's hard to tell what's going on in this, and it seems like it may be a big mess, but give it a shot anyway.
"No man can resist her…" Chiller Films has released a trailer for the new horror thriller SiREN, adapted from one of the segments in the original V/H/S horror anthology film. SiREN is a feature length version of the segment about the woman who two guys hire for a bachelor party, who turns out to be a crazy monster. You'll know exactly which one this is, as it was one of the best segments from the original V/H/S. SiREN stars Hannah Fierman as Lily, plus Chase Williamson, Justin Welborn, Michael Aaron Milligan, Hayes Mercure, Randy McDowell and Lindsey Garrett. It's cool to see them turning that one part of V/H/S into a full-length film, I'm just not sure if this is going to be too cheesy or just the right amount of creepy. There's all kinds of weird stuff going on in this, but I like the POV shots the most. Tread carefully.
"An individual with multiple personalities can change their body chemistry with their thoughts." Universal has revealed a second trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's newest twisted horror thriller Split, starring James McAvoy as a man with 23 different personalities. He kidnaps three different girls, who try to figure out how to escape his prison. The full cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy (from The Witch), Haley Lu Richardson, Kim Director, Jessica Sula, Sterling K. Brown, Betty Buckley and Brad William Henke. Jeremy's review from Fantastic Fest, where this film showed up as surprise screening, raved that it's Shyamalan's "absolute best horror film to date", adding that there is an "inherent creepiness to everything happening" with the three girls. This looks damn good, an attention-grabbing trailer. I want to see it for McAvoy alone.
"The pretty thing you are looking at is me. But it is me that still cannot see any of what is coming." Netflix has debuted the trailer for an indie horror thriller titled I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, which is actually opening this week in time for Halloween weekend. Best to get it out and available now while people are in the mood for some creepy horror. Ruth Wilson stars as a young nurse who moves into a secluded old house to care for an elderly, reclusive horror novelist who barely even acknowledges her. As expected, not all is right and some kind of malevolent force seems present with them. Things take a turn for the worse after she reads the woman's novel. Also starring Paula Prentiss, Lucy Boynton and Bob Balaban. I like the cinematography in this, the bold framing makes things seem even creepier. Check it out.
Many filmmakers have hidden metaphors about the challenges and struggles as a filmmaker in their work. Loop is a clever little horror short film made by Mali Elfman, daughter of composer Danny Elfman, who has been making movies for the past few years - primarily for the site Fun Size Horror. Her latest film is a metaphorical tale about her own experiences trying to become a filmmaker. It will all make sense when you watch it. Nothing groundbreaking, but it is a intriguing short that does say more when you understand the metaphorical angst being expressed. This also features some great music composed by Matt Glass. Enjoy.
"You're a million miles away, and I can't bring you back." Saban Films has released the first teaser trailer for an indie drama titled Come and Find Me, a mysterious thriller about a missing woman. Aaron Paul stars, along with Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt, Valerie Tian, Zachary Knighton and Terry Chen. When his girlfriend goes missing, David must track down her whereabouts after he realizes she's not who she was pretending to be. This looks like an intriguing mystery thriller, with some action kicking in at the end of this trailer. It reminds me a bit of The Vanishing, but hopefully there's some unique twists to this. I'm intrigued by this trailer, though not totally sold on it yet - but I'm certainly curious. Give it a look below.