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"You should really let me go… Or you're all going to die tonight." IFC Midnight has released the official trailer for an indie horror film titled House on Willow Street, formerly From a House on Willow Street (the full title when it premiered at FrightFest last year). From director Alastair Orr, the film is about a group of kidnappers who take a young woman from a house on Willow Street. They soon find out they chose the wrong person to kidnap, as the girl is actually a demonic killer herself. Sharni Vinson stars, along with Carlyn Burchell, Steven Ward, Zino Ventura, and Gustav Gerdener. This film actually looks totally crazy and freaky and violent and everything. It gets even weirder when the special effects kick in. Have fun.
"Thank you for what you did. Not a lot of people would do that nowadays…" Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for a post-apocalyptic survival thriller titled Here Alone, which is pretty much just another zombie horror survival movie continuing the zombie trend. This one stars Lucy Walters as a woman surviving on her own, who encounters two other survivors that mess things up. Yes, this sounds way too similar to Z for Zachariah, which is probably why this hasn't picked up any extra buzz over the last year. The full cast includes Gina Piersanti, Adam David Thompson and Shane West. We initially posted a teaser trailer for this film last year, but then we forgot all about it until now. Still only looks okay. Fire it up.
"Indescribably horrific." A short 30-second teaser trailer from the UK has arrived for a "horror event" film titled The Void, a throwback to old school practical effects and John Carpenter horror. The Void is co-directed by Jeremy Gillespie & Steven Kostanski (both from Canadian filmmaking collective Astron-6), and is a mind-bending sci-fi horror thriller about a small town overrun by some "otherworldly threat". The cast includes Aaron Poole, Ellen Wong, Kathleen Munroe, Kenneth Welsh, and Daniel Fathers. Based on the marketing pitches, I'm certainly intrigued by this film. I just need to see more actual footage of these practical effects, but this teaser is a nice start. The scalpel in the eye scene is totally disgusting. Enjoy.
"It's like it flowed through me. I don't remember painting this." IFC Midnight has unveiled the trailer for a horror film titled The Devil's Candy, a creepy satanic possession tale about a struggling painter who moves into a home in Texas. Ethan Embry stars as the father of a young family who is possessed by satanic forces, creating some freaky artwork. The cast includes Shiri Appleby, Kiara Glasco and Pruitt Taylor Vince. This is from the same filmmaker who made the cult horror hit The Loved Ones, and the film first premiered at festivals a few years ago. It looks intense, though I'm not sure why it took years to be released.
"Its given me everything: money, love." "At what cost?" Broad Green has revealed a trailer for a horror film titled Wish Upon, about a teenager in high school who starts messing around with a mysterious magic box that her father brings home one day. The box grants her wishes that she uses to make her life better, but of course things start to go wrong and different people start to die after she makes a wish. This reminds me a bit of Richard Kelly's The Box. Joey King (seen in The Conjuring, White House Down, Wish I Was Here, Stonewall) stars, along with Sherilyn Fenn, Ryan Phillippe, Elisabeth Röhm, Shannon Purser, Ki Hong Lee, Sydney Park and Alice Lee. This actually looks fun, I always love mystery boxes. Take a look.
"I didn't touch the door… It was already open." A24 has revealed the first teaser trailer for an eerie horror-thriller titled It Comes at Night, the second feature film from Trey Edward Shults, the director of last year's Krisha. Joel Edgerton stars, along with Riley Keough, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Griffin Robert Faulkner. The film is a horror taking place at a desolate home in the wilderness, where a father tries to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence terrorizing them right outside their doorstep. This is a very effective teaser that uses peculiar imagery and chilling dialogue to intrigue viewers, without actually revealing any of the scary stuff. They got my attention.
"We made this oath: whoever died first would send the other a sign." IFC Films has debuted another new official US trailer for the indie sorta-horror film from French filmmaker Olivier Assayas, titled Personal Shopper starring Kristen Stewart, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The film follows a young women who is haunted by a ghost and she communicates with him through text messages (seriously). She works as a "personal shopper" for a famous celebrity, picking up clothes all over Europe for her to wear. The full cast includes Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz, Anders Danielsen Lie, Ty Olwin, Hammou Graia, Nora Van Waldstatten & Benjamin Biolay. I'm not a fan of this film, but that's me.
"When you meet these people, do you say that she was murdered?" A24 has revealed a new trailer for the suspense-horror indie film titled The Blackcoat's Daughter, from writer/director Oz Perkins, who also made the horror I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House from last year. This originally premiered at multiple film festivals back in 2015, and is just now getting released. Emma Roberts stars, with Kiernan Shipka, plus Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly, James Remar, Peter J. Gray and Emma Holzer. The story primarily follows two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. This looks like a very eerie, mysterious psychological horror.
"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.