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"Maybe the serum is inducing some kind of shared psychosis." The Orchard has debuted the trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Discarnate, also known as Shapeshifter (for its release in Germany last year). The plot is about a neuroscientist's obsession with a drug that expands the human mind, who inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team when they start trials. Thomas Kretschmann stars as Dr. Andre Mason, and the cast includes Nadine Velazquez, Josh Stewart, Chris Coy, Matt Munroe, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Cassandra Clark, and Ashton Amaba. This looks like a very weird mix of big ideas and horror concepts that don't seem to coalesce, but I don't really know. Maybe it's not so bad. Take a look.
In 2007, following her breakout performance in Michael Bay's Transformers, Megan Fox was set to star in her next project, a Rogue Pictures horror-thriller produced by Bay. Then called Half to Death, the project was pitched as Groundhog Day meets Scream, with the script following a college freshman who must relive the day of her murder over and over again, stuck in a time loop that will end only when she discovers the killer's identity. For reasons unknown, the studio decided not to move on with the project. A decade later, Blumhouse Productions revived the long-gestating project with director Christopher Landon and actress Jessica Rothe. Now titled Happy Death Day, the horror comedy was a surprise hit, grossing $125 million worldwide on a small $4.8 million budget. A sequel was inevitable after that kind of success. Enter Happy Death Day 2U, an inventive and entertaining follow-up that expands upon the first in nearly every way.
"It sounds like there is someone inbetween the walls." Spotlight Pictures has debuted the first sales promo trailer for the sci-fi horror film Dark Light, from writer/director Padraig Reynolds. The film is currently being sold at the EFM and they're looking to find a distributor, in addition to a festival to debut this film at. Dark Light is a horror creature feature about some kind of monster (potentially an alien being?) that takes a young girl from her bedroom while at her mother's childhood farm home. She goes crazy trying to find her and figure out what happened, while attempting to convince police that an actual creature took her. Starring Jessica Madsen, Ed Brody, Opal Littleton, and Ben Sullivan. This looks scary as hell, including the typical cornfield trope, but still. I'm glad the trailer shows a glimpse of the monster because it looks gnarly.
"You know where the party is!" Universal has released the first trailer for the psychological horror thriller titled Ma, one of the latest films produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse. Octavia Spencer stars in Ma as Sue Ann, a woman who befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them hang out in her basement, to avoid drinking and driving. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, weird things start happening. Her hospitality starts to curdle into obsession. The full cast of this horror includes Missi Pyle, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis, Allison Janney, McKaley Miller, Diana Silvers, Dominic Burgess, Victor Turpin, Corey Fogelmanis, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Dante Brown, and Gianni Paolo. This starts out nice and fun at the beginning, then gets seriously frickin' crazy by the end. Damn! Watch out.
"We are facing an evil… that has no bounds." Warner Bros has revealed the full-length official trailer for the supernatural horror film arriving in April titled The Curse of La Llorona, produced by James Wan for Warner Bros. This horror is based on the "timeless Mexican legend" about a "horrifying apparition, caught between Heaven and Hell, trapped in a terrible fate sealed by her own hand." Yeah - that just sounds scary as all hell. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. The main cast includes Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Marisol Ramirez, Roman Christou, and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen. This looks much more terrifying than most horror films these days, with serious scares worked into the most mundane moments. Watch out. Not surprising considering this is produced by scare master James Wan. Got a feeling this will end up as a huge springtime horror hit.
"Introducing your new best friend…" And your killer! Orion Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for horror reboot Child's Play, an updated take on the Chucky horror franchise about the evil doll who kills people. They're keeping the original name from the first series, Child's Play, but updating everything and re-introducing the Chucky doll as a high-tech toy called "Buddi" created by Kaslan Corp. Aubrey Plaza stars in this, with a full cast including Gabriel Bateman. Brian Tyree Henry, David Lewis, Ty Consiglio, Beatrice Kitsos, and Kristin York. This is a chilling, freaky first reveal and the footage looks damn good.
Be careful, Sharon. Saban Films has debuted the first official trailer for an indie dramatic horror titled The Haunting of Sharon Tate, based on a kinda-sorta true story about actress Sharon Tate - who was sadly murdered by the Manson Family in 1969. The plot is inspired by an actual quote from Tate, found in an interview published a year before her death, wherein she revealed having dreams about ghosts haunting her house and foreseeing her own death at the hands of a satanic cult. Hilary Duff (in her first major horror role) stars as Sharon Tate, pregnant with Roman Polanski's child at the age of 26 at the time. The film's cast also includes Jonathan Bennett, Lydia Hearst, Pawel Szajda, Ryan Cargill, and Bella Popa. There's always room for another pregnancy horror film, especially one with high profile connections to Hollywood.
"You're not my son." A24 has released a new official trailer for the Irish indie horror film The Hole in the Ground, which just premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. We already featured the UK trailer for this a few weeks ago, but this is a whole other look. The film is the feature debut of Irish director Lee Cronin, and is set on the fringes of a backwood rural town. The festival description sets this up quite well: One night, Sarah's young son disappears into the woods behind their rural home. When he returns, he looks the same, but his behavior grows increasingly disturbing. Soon, Sarah realizes that the boy who returned may not be her son at all… The film stars Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, and James Quinn Markey. There's also a creepy new poster for this (ahhh the spider!!) to go along with this trailer, and a release date in early March for those curious about this one.
"Golem is connected to its creator. A Golem can evolve." Epic Pictures Group has released an official trailer for a supernatural period horror titled The Golem, a new horror thriller take on the Jewish folklore legend of the "Golem". Set in 17th century Lithuania, during an outbreak of a deadly plague, a mystical woman tries to save her tight-knit Jewish community from foreign invaders, but the entity she conjures to protect them is a far greater evil. From the directors known as The Paz Brothers, the cast of The Golem includes Hani Furstenberg and Ishai Golen, along with Brynie Furstenberg, Adi Kvetner, Lenny Ravich, and Alex Tritenko. While this does have some surprisingly impressive imagery, the rest of the film doesn't look that great. The story of The Golem is a well-known myth in Judaism, but this doesn't seem to add anything.
"It's just a story. It's just a story…" Another chilling horror short film to give you a thrill if you need it. The Candlelight Witch is a new horror short from the filmmakers behind other horror shorts including Your Date is Here and Where Is It and Mikus. Directed by filmmaker Becca Flinn-White, this short is about three siblings who tell a scary story one night that ends up becoming a bit too real. Which is truly one of the worst nightmares when you're a kid. This is suggested for those who love the Are You Afraid of the Dark? series, inspired by that kind of harmless storytelling. Starring Brooke Sorenson, Presley Richardson, Connor Kalopsis, and Emily Burkart. I like these shorts because they're so simple yet still so effective.
"It's not your boy." Wildcard Distribution has debuted the first official trailer from UK/Ireland for the indie horror film The Hole in the Ground, which is premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in just a few weeks in the Midnight section. The film is the feature debut of Irish director Lee Cronin, and is set on the fringes of a backwood rural town. The description from Sundance sets this up quite well: One night, Sarah's young son disappears into the woods behind their rural home. When he returns, he looks the same, but his behavior grows increasingly disturbing. Soon, Sarah realizes that the boy who returned may not be her son at all… The film stars Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, and James Quinn Markey. The giant hole in the ground from the title looks gnarly. Looks like a good thriller.
"This kind of power has to be invited…" Vertical Entertainment has debuted a new official US trailer for an indie horror thriller from New Zealand titled The Changeover, which is finally getting a release in the US almost two years after it first opened in NZ. Based on the novel by Margeret Mahy, the film is about a teen living with her mother and brother in a poor suburb on the edge of a partially demolished Christchurch. Laura is drawn into a supernatural battle with an ancient spirit who attacks Jacko, her brother, and slowly drains the life out of him as the spirit becomes ever younger. Laura discovers her true identity and the ability within her, and must harness it to save her brother's life. So it's kind of a superhero story mashed up with some horror. Starring Erana James, Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, Lucy Lawless, Nicholas Galitzine, Kate Harcourt, Benji Purchase, Thomasin McKenzie, & Claire Van Beek. Worth a look.