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"It's just a game. What are you afraid of?" "That I can't stop playing!" Ketchup Ent. has debuted an official trailer for a psycho-sexual horror thriller titled Compulsion, which premiered at a film festival in 2016 and is just now hitting theaters this year. From Canadian director Craig Goodwill, Compulsion stars Analeigh Tipton as a woman who is enticed by an ex-lover to join him and an enigmatic woman named Francesca at an Italian Villa, discovering a sinister game of murder and betrayal. Also starring Marta Gastini, Jakob Cedergren, Nina Senicar, Anita Kravos, & Jan Bijvoet. Perfectly described as "horror film that takes from Stanley Kubrick's steamy cult thriller Eyes Wide Shut and sends it to Dario Argento's hell." See below.
"He doesn't like it when people get closet o you." In the mood for something creepy while waiting for A24's Hereditary to hit theaters? Watch this horror short film titled Behind from Spanish writer/director Ángel Gómez Hernández. The film stars Macarena Gómez as Arianne, a divorced mother, obsessed with the idea of her baby falling into the hands of her ex-husband. She meets Leonor during a children's birthday, an old woman who tells her she sees a terrifying looking man following right behind her. This thought plagues her more and more, and she begins living in a real life nightmare. "The recesses of the mind can become a labyrinth populated by monsters, but the maternal instinct is always more powerful than the deepest fears."
"She wasn't all together, there… at the end." A24 has debuted the first trailer for the acclaimed horror film Hereditary, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to some of the best buzz of the fest. From writer/director Ari Aster, the film is about a close family that starts to unravel following the death of their reclusive grandmother. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, their peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their mother to explore a darker realm in order to escape the unfortunate fate they've inherited. Toni Collette stars, along with Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Zachary Arthur. This horror is about how a terrifying presence can pass down through the family, and it's apparently thrilling not because of jump scares, but through all the "unspeakable" horror it presents. This is an outstanding first trailer, definitely promising a freaky, terrifying film that might be a big hit this summer.
"You're right to be scared." IFC Films has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Cured, from writer/director David Freyne. This is kind of a horror drama, more than straight horror, as it's set in a time "after" the zombie apocalypse hits and they've invented a cure. The plot involves a man who has been cured of the zombie disease be reintegrated back into the world, but those who are cured are shunned and mocked in society. He also still has all of his memories of when he did eat people, which causes a few other issues. Ellen Page stars with Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Paula Malcomson, Stuart Graham, and Peter Campion . As cool as the concept for this is, the film is bad. I saw it at the Sitges Film Festival and did not like it at all, but that's just my own opinion. Check it out below if you're still interested.
"This has happened before… History is repeating itself." IFC Midnight has released an official trailer for a Vietnamese horror thriller titled The Housemaid, from director Derek Nguyen. Not to be confused with the Korean romantic thriller The Housemaid, this The Housemaid is about a ghost who haunts a mansion in Vietnam in the 1950s where a housemaid works. Kate Nhung stars as Linh, and she works at a crumbling rubber plantation run by a French officer. There's some eroticism, and similarities to the other Housemaid (which is a remake anyway) but this looks much scarier. The film's cast includes Jean-Michel Richaud, Rosie Fellner, Kim Xuan, and Svitlana Kovalenko. Aside from being a supernatural horror, this film also "confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam's colonial past." This trailer definitely is freaky, so watch out.
"Are you going to let me die alone?" The official French trailer has debuted for the latest horror film from French director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs), titled Ghostland or also Incident in a Ghost Land. The story is about a house where a woman had to fend off intruders to save her daughters. Years later, the two of them grow up with completely different personalities, still traumatized by the events. When they all reunite at the house once again, strange events began to occur. I like the tagline on the second poster: "you really thought you've been scared before?" Oh damn. The horror film stars Crystal Reed, Taylor Hickson, Rob Archer, Emilia Jones, Adam Hurtig, Anastasia Phillips, Mylène Farmer, and Alicia Johnston. The film opens first in France, then should hit US theaters sometime in the spring. Take a peek if you dare.
"Demons from Atlantis…" Finally! A full-length trailer has arrived for a mysterious, chilly horror film titled Cold Skin, the latest creation from French filmmaker Xavier Gens (of Frontier(s) and The Divide). We posted a teaser trailer for this last summer, but haven't heard much from it ever since then, despite playing at a few film festivals. Set on a desolate island in the Antarctic Circle, the film tells of a man living there who discovers that at night the island is overrun by creatures. This trailer finally gives us a good look at them and they're quite chilling. The cast includes David Oakes, Ray Stevenson, and Aura Garrido as Aneris, who seems to be one of these creatures that one of the men falls in love with. I'm so glad they don't have to hide the blood in this trailer, makes a difference. I'm very curious about this film, something has me hooked.
"Every sound the house makes, I hear them…" Epic Pictures has unveiled a new official trailer for the Irish gothic horror film called The Lodgers, following up the first trailer that debuted last year when this film was premiering at film festivals in the fall. Set in 1920s, the story is about twins Rachel and Edward who share a strange existence in their crumbling family estate. Each night, the property becomes the domain of a sinister presence ("The Lodgers") who enforces three rules upon the twins: they must be in bed by midnight; they may not permit an outsider past the threshold; if one attempts to escape, the life of the other is placed in jeopardy. Sounds pretty creepy. Starring Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, David Bradley, and Eugene Simon. This looks like a solid thriller and it got some good reviews at the festivals. Might be worth a watch.
"You don't have to have your life ruled by superstitious fear." A brand new, full-lenth UK trailer has arrived for the new anthology supernatural horror film titled Ghost Stories. We initially posted three teasers for this last year after the film premiered at the London Film Festival in the fall. Based on the long-running British horror stage show created by English magician Andy Nyman, this is about a psychologist and arch-skeptic named Professor Phillip Goodman who investigates three terrifying hauntings. Andy Nyman plays Goodman, and the rest of the ensemble cast includes Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther, Jill Halfpenny, Paul Whitehouse, Nicholas Burns, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Daniel Hill, Derren Brown, and Ryan Oliva. This looks thrilling, something different in the ghost subgenre and I'm curious to check it out.
"Death returns, and its name is…" Dark Sky Films has released the final, full official trailer for the horror sequel Victor Crowley, the 4th film in the Hatchet horror series. Creator Adam Green returns to write & direct this film, which has been described as "smartly written, outrageously funny, and incredibly gory." Horror fans may remember that this film was a big surprise last fall, as no one knew it was even being made and suddenly they had announced with a touring road show. Set a decade after the events of the first three films, the story follows the one-and-only survivor who has been trying to get people to believe his story for years. He ends up back at the place where it all started, and Crowley is resurrected. Starring Kane Hodder and Parry Shen, with Laura Ortiz, Dave Sheridan, and Brian Quinn. Only for die-hard horror fans.
"Evil seeks evil." Lionsgate has launched an official trailer for the latest Hellraiser film titled Hellraiser: Judgment, which is actually the 10th film in the Hellraiser series (believe it or not?). I didn't even realize there with this many. The original horror cult classic Hellraiser was released in 1987, from writer/director Clive Barker. Hellraiser: Judgment is directed by Gary J. Tunnicliffe, who has been working for two decades as a horror make-up effects artist before jumping into the director's seat this time. It tells the story of three detectives as they struggle to solve a horrifying murder, but instead find themselves thrust into the depths of Pinhead’s hellacious landscape. Starring Paul T. Taylor as Pinhead, along with Damon Carney, Randy Wayne, Alexandra Harris, John Gulager, Mike Jay Regan, plus Heather Langenkamp. See below.
"I think we're alone now…" Aviron Pictures has launched the full-length official trailer for the new horror spin-off/sequel titled The Strangers: Prey at Night. So instead of actually making a direct sequel to cult horror hit The Strangers (directed by Bryan Bertino in 2008), they went off and decided to make this new "inspired by" film, which is being referred to as the sequel. This one follows a family staying in a secluded mobile home park for a night, who are visited by three masked psychopaths. So the same masked weirdos are back, but a different time/place, of course. The film's key cast includes Christina Hendricks, Martin Henderson, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman. This looks obviously very creepy but doesn't seem to be that exciting or scary in any unique ways, perhaps I'm just missing something. Check it out for yourself.