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"You know what they say about Derry. No one who dies here ever really dies." Warner Bros debuted the full-length official trailer for It: Chapter Two, the highly anticipated sequel to the new It movie released in 2017. This continues that story, now 27 years later, re-uniting the "Losers Club" of Derry and bringing back the insanely creepy clown. They've all grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back. Starring James McAvoy as Bill (played by Jaeden Lieberher originally), Jessica Chastain as Beverly (played by Sophia Lillis originally), Jay Ryan as Ben (played by Jeremy Ray Taylor originally), Bill Hader as Richie (played by Finn Wolfhard originally), James Ransone as Eddie (played by Jack Dylan Grazer originally), Andy Bean as Stanley (played by Wyatt Oleff originally), and Isaiah Mustafa as Mike (played by Chosen Jacobs originally); along with Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, plus Jess Weixler, Teach Grant, Jake Weary, and Xavier Dolan. This looks like one hell of a scary, gruesome sequel. Can't wait.
"Now we can have a real 'Day of the Dead.'" First there was House of 1000 Corpses. Then there was The Devil's Rejects. Now, from writer/director Rob Zombie comes the next blood-soaked chapter in the most violent crime saga in history… 3 from Hell. Get ready for more horror carnage!! Captain Spaulding played by Sid Haig, Otis played by Bill Moseley, and Baby played by Sheri Moon Zombie will all be "returning from the dead in 3 From Hell, after being shot hundreds of times in the final moments of Rejects." We still don't know much about what is going on in this sequel, but it looks gnarly - Rob Zombie letting loose again, topping himself with more violence. The film's full cast includes Richard Brake, Danny Trejo, Kevin Jackson, Wade Williams, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Clint Howard, Pancho Moler, Daniel Roebuck, Emilio Rivera, Austin Stoker, Dot-Marie Jones, and Tom Papa. Be careful - watch out for the Three.
"Only designated people may be hunted at the manor." Universal has unveiled a teaser for the "mysterious social thriller" titled The Hunt, the latest film from clever filmmaker Craig Zobel (of Compliance, Z for Zachariah). This project has been kept secret for a while, even while in production, but now they've revealed what it's about. There's a manor where "elites" go to hunt other humans for sport (another spin on The Most Dangerous Game). This time, one of the 12 people being hunted knows the game better than the hunters, and starts to fight back. Betty Gilpin stars as Crystal, with an ensemble cast including Ike Barinholtz, Emma Roberts, Justin Hartley, Glenn Howerton, Amy Madigan, Macon Blair, Steve Coulter, and Hilary Swank. This teaser doesn't have much real footage, more of an in-universe viral teaser to shock us into remembering this while we wait for a full trailer to arrive. So did it get your attention? Check it out.
"I know you're going to write your next masterpiece here. I'm sure of it." Artsploitation Films has debuted an official trailer for the indie horror comedy Blood Paradise, a horror comedy that marks the feature directorial debut of German filmmaker Patrick von Barkenberg. Midsommar isn't the only film about a crazy experienced in Sweden - this one also follows a woman to Sweden who quickly discovers she feels out of place. Reeling after her latest novel flops, a best-selling crime writer named Robin Richards is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. Totally out of place in her new surroundings, she discovers just how dangerous farm life can be. Andréa Winter stars as Robin, and co-wrote the script, and produced the film. The cast includes Christer Cavallius, Patrick von Barkenberg, Martina Novak, Ingrid Hedström, Ellinor Berglund, and Lars Brunnström. Looks super kinky and weird - watch out.
"Black Mirror meets Die Hard." Signature Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Feedback, a new film "from the creators of REC and The Shallows." This film is actually the feature directorial debut of a Spanish filmmaker, and is about a radio star who experiences the worst night of his life when stalkers assault the radio station where he's working. It seems to be a contained thriller at a radio station when hooligans take over. Eddie Marsan stars as Jarvis Dolan, with a cast including Paul Anderson, Ivana Baquero, Richard Brake, Oliver Coopersmith, Alexis Rodney, Anthony Head, Alana Boden, and Nacho Aldeguer. It's next premiering at FrightFest in the UK coming up soon, which is what this trailer is promoting. This looks intense and terrifying - might be a good one. "You're on the air!"
"I keep thinking I hear sirens… Is that weird?" Yellow Veil Pictures has unveiled a teaser trailer for an indie noir thriller titled Blood on Her Name, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Matthew Pope. The film is premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal coming up this month, and they've released this teaser to drum up some interest before it plays there. Blood on Her Name is about a local garage owner named Leigh who ends up with a dead body on her hands. Her panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spins out of control when her conscience demands she return the dead man's body to his family. The film stars Bethany Anne Lind, Will Patton, Elisabeth Röhm, Jared Ivers, Jimmy Gonzales, and Jack Andrews. I dig the grainy, rainy look and feel of this teaser. Let's hope the film is as good as it looks.
"My girlfriend has a very special gift." Screen Media Film has debuted an official US trailer for the indie German horror thriller titled Luz, opening in select US theaters this month after playing at film festivals all throughout last year - including Berlinale, Sitges, Fantastic Fest, Fantasia, Morbido, and many more. In this slick and disturbing horror film, Luz is a young cab driver fleeing from the grasp of a possessed woman, whose confession could endanger the lives of everyone who crosses her path. We featured a teaser trailer for this last year after it started picking up rave reviews. Luana Velis stars as Luz, and the full cast includes Johannes Benecke, Jan Bluthardt, Lilli Lorenz, Julia Riedler, and Nadja Stübiger. This is being described as "unapologetically strange and utterly fearless" and looks like a mesmerizing possession thriller. There's also a killer new poster for this film seen below the trailer. In theaters starting July 19th this month.
"The curse exists! I've seen it!" Encore Films has debuted an official trailer for the new Japanese horror film Sadako, the latest in the Ring series of horror movies. This latest one is directed by the same filmmaker, Hideo Nakata, who made the original Ringu and Ringu 2 (before they were remade in the US) and who also directed The Ring Two for Hollywood in 2005. He's been making all kinds of Japanese thrillers and horror films since then, but is finally back to the original franchise for another Ring tale. This time, a group of people must find out how to stop the "newborn" deadly curse, which has returned and gone viral after a YouTuber accidentally captured a vengeful ghost on camera. Starring Himeka Himejima, Elaiza Ikeda, Ren Kiriyama, Hiroya Shimizu, Rie Tomosaka, and Takashi Tsukamoto. This first opened in Japan back in May, but is just starting an international tour with a big premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival soon.
"Why am I dreaming about drinking blood?" 101 Studios has debuted the first official trailer for an indie horror remake titled Rabid, a new take on the 1977 film of the same name from David Cronenberg. This one is directed by the Canadian filmmaking pair known as the Soska Sisters, two twin sisters named Jen & Sylvia, who have been making horror films for years now. It was just announced that this remake will have its world premiere at the acclaimed FrightFest horror film festival in the UK coming up in a few months. Laura Vandervoort stars as Rose, a woman with a bright future who is disfigured in a terrible accident. She agrees to try a "radical untested stem cell treatment" but it soon makes her hungry for flesh. The cast includes Greg Bryk, Stephen McHattie, Ted Atherton, and Stephen Huszar. This seems like a mix between the original Rabid and Raw, but nowhere near as good as either of those films. Check it out below.
"I'm hearing things, I'm seeing things…" Vertical has unveiled the trailer for the Jacob's Ladder remake that has been in the works for a few years. This was pulled from the release schedule, but they've decided to drop it in August out of nowhere - which isn't a good sign. And once you see this trailer you'll know exactly why they're just dumping it before the fall movie season arrives. This is a remake of the 1990 horror film also titled Jacob's Ladder, and the title is a reference to a "biblical ladder to heaven, mentioned in Genesis 28:12." After returning from Afghanistan, veteran Jacob Singer struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as his world and the people around him morph and twist into disturbing images. This stars Michael Ealy, with Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, Joseph Sikora, Karla Souza, and Guy Burnet. This will probably be in a bargain bin by the end of the summer.
"Spooky, isn't it…? Out here, all alone…" Saban Films has revealed the trailer for this indie horror-thriller titled Dead Water, yet another thriller-on-a-boat movie (there seem to be more and more of these boat films these days - see also: Disappearance or Vampyrz on a Boat). When a relaxing getaway turns deadly, a former Marine must risk his life once again to save his wife and best friend from a modern day pirate; all the while trying to hold himself together as he faces the ghosts of the war he left behind. Casper Van Dien (of Starship Troopers fame) stars with Brianne Davis, Griff Furst, and Judd Nelson. This really doesn't look that good, but Casper Van Dien is still awesome - and that shot of him looking pissed is cool. Jump in.
"Went up the water spout…" This looks scary as all hell. Scream Factory has debuted the first teaser trailer for a new indie horror feature titled Itsy Bitsy, from filmmaker Micah Gallo (a VFX producer making his feature directorial debut). As the title hints at, this is a new horror movie about a giant spider but this time it's actually, seriously scary - not some fake looking bug. This one looks real, and giant, and the shots in this will give you the creeps. Don't watch if you hate spiders (like me) - it'll ruin your day/week/year/life. "A creepy-crawly creature feature based on the centuries-old poem, Itsy Bitsy weaves a sinister web of family drama, personal demons, and a horrifying monster." It stars Bruce Davison, Denise Crosby, Elizabeth Roberts, Arman Darbo, Chloe Perrin, Treva Etienne, and Eileen Dietz. Tread carefully, my friends.