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"Don't open the door! Don't cross the line!" An official UK trailer has debuted for the indie horror thriller titled A Dark Song, from Irish/Welsh filmmaker Liam Gavin. The horror story follows a determined young woman grieving over the loss of her young son, who reaches out to an occultist with experience in an ancient invocation ritual that she believes might allow her to make contact with her deceased child. Catherine Walker stars as Sophia, with a cast including Mark Huberman, Susan Loughnane and Steve Oram. This played at Fantastic Fest and the London Film Festival, and looks like a very creepy thriller. Take a look.
"You must never go near there." Happy Friday the 13th! Celebrate the day with this trailer for Sadako vs Kayako, a Japanese horror mashup pitting the evil ghosts The Ring and Grudge series against each other. It was inevitable that one day we'd see these two long-black-haired evil spirits battling in the same movie, like how it was obvious one day they'd make Freddy vs Jason. And just like that movie, this seems to be pretty bad, despite their best efforts to make something fun. The cast includes Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, and Misato Tanaka. This looks very silly, but thankfully not as terrible as the Scary Movie spoofs, but I'm still not sure. The rock song they use in the trailer seems like an odd choice.
"Four deadly tales by four killer women." Magnolia Pictures has debuted an official trailer for the horror anthology titled XX, featuring four different horror segments directed by four badass women. The film is premiering at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in just a few weeks in the Park City at Midnight category, and is one of our most anticipated films at the fest. The four segments are: The Birthday Party directed by Annie Clark; Her Only Living Son directed by Karyn Kusama; Don't Fall directed by Roxanne Benjamin; and The Box directed by Jovanka Vuckovic. The various casts include Melanie Lynskey, Sheila Vand, Mike Doyle, Natalie Brown, Angela Trimbur and Kyle Allen. This looks awesome! I'm most excited for The Box segment, but all of these look creepy and fun. Bring on the creative horror. Enjoy!
"There once was a girl… no one dare speak her name." Paramount has debuted a new trailer for the horror sequel Rings, the third film in the Ring series, originally a remake of the Japanese horror series. This film is finally, supposedly, being released in February this year, after being delayed from late 2016. The second film was released 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 looks like it's just as freaky. Starring Laura Wiggins, Aimee Teegarden, Johnny Galecki, Lizzie Brocheré, Alex Roe, Zach Roerig, and Bonnie Morgan as Samara. Horror films in the winter usually do well, and I'm sure this one will find an audience - no matter how delayed it is.
Saban Films has debuted an official US trailer for the zombie horror adaptation The Girl with All the Gifts, which already opened in the UK last year. The story is about a girl, named Melanie, who is being kept at a military base that is one of the only remaining safe havens in a zombie apocalypse. When the base it overtaken, she goes on the run with a few other people, attempting to survive in a hostile world. The movie stars Sennia Nanua as Melanie, along with Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close and Paddy Considine. I saw this film at a genre festival in Berlin last year and really enjoyed it, one of the most refreshingly original updates to the zombie genre I've seen in a while. I highly recommend it, for the performances alone. This US trailer contains some spoilers and crops the footage, but the UK trailer is still available to watch. Have fun.
"She opens a doorway between hell, so she can devour the innocent. I think she's coming for me next…" An international trailer has debuted for a horror thriller titled Don't Knock Twice. Not to be confused with the indie comedy about an improv group, Don't Think Twice (which we highly recommend seeing), this film is a creepy horror thriller about a demonic witch. The cast includes Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton, Nick Moran, Javier Botet and Jordan Bolger. This looks dark and moody and scary, most definitely, but it also doesn't look that original or interesting. Just more creepiness lurking in the dark. Give it a look anyway.
"Don't say it, don't think it!" STX Entertainment has debuted one final trailer for horror thriller The Bye Bye Man, which has been delayed and delayed and is finally hitting this month. Directed by Stacy Title, the film is about three friends who encounter the "Bye Bye Man", a very creepy, mysterious evil "person" that is played by Doug Jones. The primary cast also includes Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas, Michael Trucco, Erica Tremblay, Cleo King and Faye Dunaway. While this is apparently an original horror movie, it seems to be borrowing from so many other horror films. Anyone have any interest?
"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.