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"You've opened up a door… And now no one is safe." Paramount has released the first full trailer for Rings, the third film in the Ring series, originally a remake of the Japanese horror film. The second film was released back in 2005, three years after the first Ring hit theaters in 2002. This new one picks up 13 years after the first film and it's just as creepy. The cast includes Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brocheré, Alex Roe, Zach Roerig, and Bonnie Morgan as Samara. This looks like another eerie entry in the horror series. The blind man giving her information is pretty cool, I just hope the rest of it is actually good. The plane sequence at the end is also cool, but I think that's the opening scene.
"He really just needs someone to be here… for him…" One of the horror short films that played at last year's Fantastic Fest was this short, titled House of Straw, about a married couple dealing with some problems. Written & directed by Kyle Bogart, the film is about a troubled marriage that is on the verge of falling apart, but at the same time this has a twist because it's actually a werewolf story. It's best just to dive in and watch the entire thing and see for yourself, especially if you're a fan of werewolf stories or watching indie short films that come with a great script. This is an impressive little short that shows quite a bit of promise not only with the story but also the production. A feature version of this is already in the works. Have fun.
"How many of you are there?" Sony has debuted a wicked new red band trailer for Fede Alvarez's Don't Breathe, the horror thriller about a blind man who seeks revenge on a group of teens who break into his house and try to mess with him. This is a crazy cool, twisted concept for a film and it seems like it's actually pretty messed up with the footage they show in this trailer. The cast features Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto and Stephen Lang as the badass blind dude who seems to have a very demented side to him. This is an impressive trailer, the way it's cut together and the "f**cked up" dialogue all helps make it eerie but effectively enticing. Not your typical trailer editing, but this actually works well. Take a look below.
"There's no escape from them." Vertical Ent. has unveiled the US trailer for a horror-thriller called Under the Shadow, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. This outstanding ghost story is set in Tehran and stars Narges Rashidi and Avin Manshadi as mother and daughter who are haunted by a malevolent spirit after an unexploded bomb crashes into the apartment above theirs. Also features Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian and Arash Marandi. I saw this at Sundance and loved it, writing in my review it's a "simple, sleek, well-made film that above all is efficient in telling a creepy ghost story." Don't skip this one.
"Yeah I don't think anyone's seen something like this before…" IFC Midnight has released a trailer for the weird Sundance Midnight film Antibirth, a wacky drug-trip-gone-wrong horror-comedy starring Natasha Lyonne and Chloë Sevigny. The twisted pregnancy plot involves a "wild-eyed stoner" waking up after a seriously "wild night of partying with symptoms of a strange illness and recurring visions as she struggles to get a grip on reality." The full cast includes Meg Tilly, Emmanuel Kabongo, Corey Pascall and Mark Webber. There's some totally frickin' wacky, disgusting and completely insane stuff in this trailer, I don't even know what to make of it. But if you're into trippy, crazy, unlike-anything-else horror - give this a shot.
"Buried for decades… silent until now." The Orchard has released an official US trailer for a horror-comedy called Demon, from the late Polish filmmaker Marcin Wrona, who finished this film and died last year just before its initial release. Titled Ha'dibouk in Hebrew, the film is about a man possessed by an "unquiet" spirit in the midst of his own wedding. It's a new take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk, described as "part absurdist comedy, part love story that scares, amuses, and charms in equal measure." Starring Agnieszka Zulewska and Itay Tiran, with Andrzej Grabowski and Tomasz Schuchardt. The film is actually partially in English, so dive right in, even though this trailer doesn't seem to show much of the comedic side. This looks quite chilling and unique, worth seeking out if you're a fan of possession horror or Polish cinema.
"She loved men… to death." Oscilloscope has released an official trailer (that's NSFW) for a horror comedy called The Love Witch, written & directed by Anna Biller. The film is a tribute to 1960s pulp novels and Technicolor melodramas, which is why it looks the way it does, and is about a contemporary witch who uses spells and magic to get men to fall in love with her. But after she ends up sleeping with them, they all end up dead, which is not what she was hoping for but can't really control. Samantha Robinson stars as Elaine, with a cast including Elle Evans, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Dani Lennon, Lily Holleman, and Gian Keys. As funky as this seems, it actually has great reviews calling it "spellbinding & hilarious". Take a look.
"Do you believe in the stories…?" Surprise! Lionsgate hosted a screening of a horror film called The Woods at Comic-Con this week, and just as the lights were going down, lucky attendees realized - this was actually going to be a screening of a secret sequel/reboot of The Blair Witch Project (which premiered at Sundance in 1999 and became a huge hit). Titled simply Blair Witch, Lionsgate hired horror masterminds Adam Wingard & Simon Barrett (of The Guest, You're Next) to reboot the original found footage horror, and keep it a secret until now. The working title was The Woods, and we even posted a trailer for this film a few months ago, but it wasn't until this week that all was revealed. You can read more about how they pulled off this big secret on EW.com. And to keep the buzz going, they've released a new trailer for the horror sequel.
Throughout my teens and early twenties, I was visited by the Night Hag. I would wake up suddenly in the middle of the night, and there would be something in the room with me: a woman in a blue dress. With wiry black hair and pallid flesh, the woman crawled around in circles at the foot of my bed, scratching at the floor with long, claw-like fingernails. Upon making eye contact with her, I would feel an immense pressure on my chest, unable to move my extremities as she spider-walked closer to my bedside. I would clench my jaw and squeeze my eyes shut as she climbed onto the bed. I could feel her gnarled hands pushing down on the mattress to pull herself up — her fetid breath on my neck. And then suddenly, nothing. She was gone.
"This train can go no further." Well Go USA has debuted an official trailer for the impending release of the epic Korean zombie film Train to Busan, which opens this week in US theaters. The film is one of the most expensive Korean productions to date, with some crazy VFX surrounding a zombie outbreak in Korea. A group of survivors attempt to take the last train from Seoul down to Busan, hoping they can escape the zombies, but of course they run into more problems along the way. The film stars Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi, Ma Dong-seok and Ahn So-hee. I saw this in Cannes and it's fun but not the best zombie movie I've seen. The action is amusing and it reminded me of Snowpiercer, but with zombies and much cheesier. All aboard!
"That little boys dreams come true… But his nightmares, they're deadly." Relativity Studios has released a brand new second trailer for the nightmare horror thriller Before I Wake, featuring Kate Bosworth, Jacob Tremblay (from Room), and Thomas Jane. Some may recall this film was originally supposed to be out last year, with an initial release date set for May of 2015, before the film got delayed indefinitely and rescheduled for this year due to Relativity's bankruptcy. We featured a trailer last year but this new trailer is designed to sell the more horrific side of it. There are some cool moments in this trailer, especially the shot with the glowing butterflies, and the creepy shots near the end, but I'm not sure if the film will be any good.
"Would you consider carrying my child?" IFC Films has unveiled a trailer for a psychological horror film called Shelley, about a woman who convinces her maid to get pregnant since she can't but there's obviously a dark side to the story. The baby seems to be growing faster than usual and their seems to be a creepy evil something growing inside of her. This premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, and is playing at Fantasia this month. Starring Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Cosmina Stratan, Peter Christoffersen, Bjorn Andresen, and Marianne Mortensen. There have been a many baby-related horror films (from Rosemary's Baby to Proxy recently to Species II) but this one seems to be particularly unsettling. If you're into this, take a look.
Fear what's inside. The Weinstein Company has debuted a trailer for the horror thriller Viral, produced by Jason Blum and directed by filmmakers Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman, who also made this year's film Nerve. Viral is about a young woman documenting her new life in quarantine after a virus kills off most people. She is also trying to protect her infected sister, which is what leads to all of the problems. The film stars Sofia Black-D'Elia, Analeigh Tipton, Travis Tope, and Michael Kelly. This almost seems like a weird mix between Species and Contagion, something like that, and it doesn't look so bad. Fire it up below.
"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.