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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.
Conjured up out of America's obsession with spiritualism in the 19th century, "Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board" was created in 1891 by entrepreneur Charles Kennard and attorney Elijah Bond, and made by the Kennard Novelty Company. After Kennard and Bond left the company in the early 1900s, William Fuld, one of the company's first employees, took over and continued making the popular spirit board. By 1920, the game had become such a fixture of American culture that Norman Rockwell featured a couple playing with a Ouija board on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post. After Fuld's death, the assets were sold to Parker Brothers, who manufactured the game until 1991, when the company was acquired by Hasbro.
"I go inside the victim's mind." Blumhouse has debuted a second trailer for possession thriller Incarnate, from director Brad Peyton. The release of this horror-thriller was pushed from September to December late this year, though I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. 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. More possession horror to feast on if this is your thing.
"If the wickedness pleases you, let the window become a door…" Here's yet another excellent horror short film to watch. Givertaker, a "Dead Kids Club Story", is directed by Paul Gandersman, and written by Peter S. Hall, a movie writer who many cinephiles probably know already. In the film, Nell Kessler plays Sarah, a high schooler who decides to get revenge on the people who have been bullying her by asking for help from a mysterious wishing well. This is an impressive horror short that relies more on storytelling and strong performances than any special effects. Though I do really like the look of swirling smoke in the wishing well. There's also a fantastic old school poster for this short (made by artist Stephen Andrade) seen below. Enjoy.
"Let me introduce you to Adrian… Just so you know, Adrian isn't your typical nine-year-old…" Paladin has released a trailer for a supernatural horror thriller titled The Unspoken, from director Sheldon Wilson. Jodelle Ferland stars as a young babysitter of a nine-year-old boy whose father was killed years earlier in the same house their still living in. Obviously things start to get scary. The cast includes Sunny Suljic as Adrian, plus Neal McDonough, Pascale Hutton, Matt Bellefleur, Rukiya Bernard and others. This looks like yet another typical evil-child horror movie, similar to The Omen or The Bad Seed or Joshua or Orphan. There's plenty of them already, and this one just doesn't look like it has anything different to offer.
"This autopsy will be conducted in four stages…" IFC has debuted another teaser trailer for the upcoming indie horror The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which received some rave reviews out of Fantastic Fest last month. We posted the first very brief teaser for the film then, but this new teaser sheds even more light on the creepy ghost story. Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox play father-son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. "Perfectly preserved on the outside, Jane Doe's insides have been scarred, charred and dismembered." As they begin to go to work, things start to get very creepy - as you'll see in this trailer below. This film also stars Ophelia Lovibond, Michael McElhatton, Parker Sawyers, and Olwen Kelly. The footage in this new teaser was enough to seriously scare me and make me fearful of ever watching this, and it probably doesn't even show much of what happens. Take a look below.