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"Everyone is afraid of the dark, and that's what she feeds on." Warner Bros has debuted the second official trailer for David F. Sandberg's Lights Out, a new horror thriller that received some rave reviews after premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Based on Sandberg's short film, the film is about a malevolent ghost that only appears when the lights go out, which seems like a simple concept but it's done so effectively it makes this horror completely original and very, very scary. Teresa Palmer stars, along with Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello. There are a few creepy moments in this trailer, but the best scenes are being kept for the full movie. Which is a smart move. Don't watch in the dark.
It was never just a game. Universal has unveiled a trailer for the upcoming horror prequel Ouija: Origin of Evil, the follow-up to the Ouija movie from 2014. Did anyone even want a sequel to the first one? The film has quite a cast: Henry Thomas, Elizabeth Reaser, Doug Jones, Parker Mack, Sam Anderson, Kate Siegel, Annalise Basso, and Lulu Wilson. The plot for this one involves a young daughter of a family being taken over by a malevolent spirit, and things get increasingly freaky from there. I can't help but say this looks fairly generic, with some bland scares and the usual horror tropes, nothing unique. Oh well.
Whoa! RLJ Entertainment has released a crazy first trailer for Joe Begos' new body-horror / psychological thriller The Mind's Eye, which won Best Horror Director at Fantastic Fest last year. Graham Skipper plays Zack Connors, and Lauren Ashley Carter plays Rachel Meadows, two people born with "incredible psychokinetic capabilities" who are hunted by a doctor that wants to harvest their powers. The cast includes John Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, Noah Segan and Matt Mercer. The film has been described as an homage to the early films of David Cronenberg and Brian De Palma, and the poster has a quote calling it "the best Scanners sequel we never got." This definitely looks trippy and weird, and perfect for a late night.
"All you have to do is survive 12 hours of our own private hell." Saban Films has debuted a trailer for Rob Zombie's latest horror film 31, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The plot involves five carnival workers who are kidnapped and held hostage in an "abandoned, Hell-like compound where they are forced to participate in a violent game, the goal of which is to survive twelve hours against a gang of sadistic clowns." Starring Sheri Moon Zombie (but of course), Malcolm McDowell, Richard Brake, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Torsten Voges, Sandra Rosko, and Meg Foster. This looks like Zombie's typical over-stylized mix of gore and weird, gross shit. Not my cup 'o tea.
It's time to get greasy. The first teaser trailer has been revealed for a film that premiered in the Midnight section at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, called The Greasy Strangler. It's a totally insane, surreal horror comedy produced by Drafthouse Films and Elijah Wood's SpectreVision and received mixed reviews, as it's just too much disgusting madness for some to handle. You'll see exactly what I mean with this trailer. The films stars Michael St. Michaels as Big Ronnie, along with Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo and Gil Gex. It's about an aging disco enthusiast who turns into a creepy, greasy strangler at night, and things get much, much weirder. Not everyone will be into this, but some of you… maybe. Dive right in.
Since the 1960s, Ed and Lorraine Warren have been the world's most renowned paranormal investigators. In 1971, the Warrens battled a malevolent entity that permeated a remote farmhouse in Harrisville, Rhode Island — a case brought to the big screen in James Wan‘s 2013 horror film, The Conjuring. Wan's follow-up, The Conjuring 2, picks up five years later, in 1976. In the film's prologue, the Warrens are called in to investigate another supernatural disturbance, this time in the small Long Island town of Amityville. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine (Vera Farmiga) hold a séance to summon the evil entity lurking within the walls of 112 Ocean Avenue. During the encounter, Lorraine is overwhelmed by a demonic presence
"Lure people out of the villages into its cave with his white face and red nose…" The Weinstein Company has debuted a trailer for the horror film Clown, which is directed by Jon Watts, the filmmaker now set to direct the next Spider-Man movie. It's actually based on a fake trailer that Watts originally made in 2012 that included fake credits for producer Eli Roth. Roth actually saw the trailer, got involved, and helped them make a feature version and this is the final product. The concept is about a clown suit that a father finds that when he puts it on turns him into an evil child-eating clown, which reminds me a bit of Santa Clause or The Mask (though this is much, much more sinister). The cast includes Andy Powers, Laura Allen, Peter Stormare, Christian Distefano, Chuck Shamata, and Elizabeth Whitmere. See both trailers below.
"Possession is a disease." Universal has debuted a trailer for the new possession horror-thriller Incarnate, directed by Brad Peyton, the same filmmaker who last made the epic disaster movie San Andreas. Aaron Eckhart stars as a scientist out to prove that possession is a disease, and he is introduced to a young boy more powerfully possessed than he's ever encountered. The cast includes Carice Van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno, David Mazouz, Keir O’Donnell, Matt Nable and John Pirruccello. I don't know about everyone else, but I'm a bit tired of possession thrillers, there's been so many recently. Have a look.
This looks freaky. Sony has debuted a trailer for the horror Don't Breathe, the latest from Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez, who directed the recent Evil Dead remake. Three teens decide to break into a blind man's home and steal his money, but end up discovering he's a deranged madman who doesn't need his sight to gruesomely take them out. The cast features Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang as the badass blind dude who isn't going to let some kids screw him. If I end up seeing this, I think I'm going to be rooting for Stephen Lang over the three kids. Maybe that's the point? Take a look.
"A nightmare of classic proportions." Lionsgate has released the first trailer for Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett's new horror thriller The Woods, with a quote from Brad Miska saying its one of the "scariest movies ever made". The film is about a group of college students on a camping trip that discover they are not alone. This is supposed to introduce a new creepy horror character, which you'll barely get a glimpse of in this footage if you look close. The cast includes James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott, Valorie Curry, Corbin Reid, and Wes Robinson. This could actually be pretty good, as these two filmmakers are fantastic and always deliver. I do want to see more from this, but I'm intrigued already.
Halloween all year round! An official trailer has debuted for the indie horror anthology Fun Size Horror: Volume Two, the latest horror short collection from the Fun Size team. The first Fun Size Horror just hit last year and they've launched a website collecting all of the various horror work so far. Produced by Mali Elfman and Michael May, this anthology features at least one animated segment and plenty of others that seem like they should be fun, though it might be a mixed bag of good and bad. There have been a couple of good anthology films recently (including Southbound) so if you want even more horror to watch - check this.
"Somethings not right in here… I keep seeing things, hearing things…" "It's not you, it's the house." The Weinstein Company has debuted the first trailer for Franck Khalfoun's Amityville: The Awakening, a "revival of the popular franchise and a modern twist on the classic horror film." It's pretty much an updated, creepy take on Amityville with a story involving a single mother moving into the haunted house with two daughters and a son with an injury that has left him in a coma. Oscar nominated actress Jennifer Jason Leigh stars, along with Bella Thorne, Cameron Monaghan and Thomas Mann as well as Kurtwood Smith. I like the poster a bit more than I like the trailer, but this kind of horror freaks me out. Fire it up.
"I'm so glad you're here! We've got a lot to talk about… So much to celebrate tonight." Drafthouse Films has unveiled a new trailer for Karyn Kusama's creepy horror-thriller The Invitation, about a dinner party that isn't exactly what it seems. The cast includes Michiel Huisman, John Carroll Lynch, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tammy Blanchard, Mike Doyle and Lindsay Burdge. Following up the first teaser, this trailer finally gives us more of a look at what's waiting these guests of the party. "Don't tell me that this is normal!" There's some really eerie, unsettling stuff going on and the reviews seem to indicate it's wild. Rob Hunter from FSR says: "In addition to being a suspenseful and well-acted ride the film also looks fantastic."
"This is not a drill." Universal has debuted the first official trailer for horror sequel The Purge: Election Year, which is essentially The Purge 3 following The Purge: Anarchy in 2014. The plot this time involves Frank Grillo returning as the head of security protecting Senator Charlie Roan, played by Elizabeth Mitchell, who encounters more than he bargained for when the annual purge event brings out the crazies. The "Election Year" angle is quite bold. The full cast from this one includes Raymond J. Barry, Ethan Phillips, Sparrowhawk, Edwin Hodge and many others. This latest Purge entry looks about as dark and violent and crazy as the last two, so if you've enjoyed the others this will be more of the same. Have at it.