HORROR FILMS

Trailer for Horror 'Abandoned' with Emma Roberts & Michael Shannon

Abandoned Trailer

"It's this house… I don't feel like I'm alone here." Vertical Entertainment has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror drama titled Abandoned, which marks the feature directorial debut of Spencer Squire. He rounded up quite an impressive cast for this film, which is not easy when it's your first. It opens in theaters starting in June for anyone curious to give it a watch. After a young couple moves into a remote farmhouse with their infant son, the woman's struggles with postpartum psychosis begin to intensify… as the house reveals secrets of its own. It seems to have its own dark, tragic history. The film stars Emma Roberts and John Gallagher Jr., with Paul Schneider and Michael Shannon. This looks super creepy, but it also looks like so many other "new home, but is it haunted?" thrillers recently. Might still be scary? Take a look.

Another Creepy UK Trailer for Dinner Horror 'The Feast' from Wales

The Feast UK Trailer

"Everything looks so delicious." Picturehouses in the UK has revealed another new official UK for a freaky horror film titled The Feast, filmed in Welsh and directed by Welsh filmmaker Lee Haven Jones. This first premiered at the 2021 SXSW Film Festival last year, and it already opened in the US last fall - we already posted the IFC trailer back then. This horror feature follows a young woman serving privileged guests at a dinner party in a remote house in rural Wales. However, the assembled guests do not realize they are about to eat their last supper. Something is coming for them. Annes Elwy stars as the very creepy Cadi, she's joined by Lisa Palfrey, Caroline Berry, Nia Roberts, Julian Lewis Jones, Steffan Cennydd, Sion Alun Davies, and Chris Gordon. This trailer and the new UK poster give away just a bit more than the US marketing, but there's still many mysteries to be discovered within. What is in all the food? Bon appétit.

Cannes 2022 Opens with a Tribute to the Teamwork of Filmmaking

Coupez! Review

It's time again. The 2022 Cannes Film Festival begins this week, and I'm back in the South of France for my 12th time covering this festival. I always love being back, and even with updates and frustrations, there is nowhere else I'd rather be right now. Choosing an Opening Night film for any festival is always a daunting task. This year the Cannes opener is the French zombie comedy called Final Cut (or Coupez! in French), which just so happens to be a French remake of the beloved Japanese indie classic One Cut of the Dead. It was originally set to premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, but when that festival announced they would have to shut down their physical in-person fest due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film backed out. I had a feeling it would end up in Cannes instead, and yep, I was right. And here it is! Ready to knock the socks off of the audiences in Cannes and remind them that filmmaking is a collaborative effort.

 Posted May 17 in Cannes 22, Horror, Review | Comments

Main Trailer for Netflix's Lesbian Vampire Teen Love Series 'First Kill'

First Kill Trailer

"You can't be together, it won't work." "I've forbidden you from seeing her." Netflix has revealed the main official trailer for a series titled First Kill, which is the polar opposite of the other First Love trailer we also posted today. This series is a spin on "first love" but about teenage lesbian vampires - with a tagline saying "you never forget your first." Of course not. Falling in love is tricky for teens Juliette and Calliope: One's a vampire, the other's a vampire hunter and both are ready to make their first kill. Sarah Catherine Hook & Imani Lewis star as Juliette & Calliope (aka "Cal"), along with an ensemble cast: Elizabeth Mitchell, Will Swenson, Aubion Wise, Jason Robert Moore, Gracie Dzienny, Dylan McNamara, Dominic Goodman, Phillip Mullings Jr., MK xyz, Jonas Dylan Allen, and Roberto Mendez. This looks extra cheesy - combining bland first love tropes with the rivalry from the Underworld series. Stay away if you can.

 Posted May 12 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Monsters & Mayhem in Trailer for Phil Tippett's Stop-Motion 'Mad God'

Mad God Trailer

"Phil Tippett has finally unleashed his magnum opus, and it is worth the wait." Shudder has revealed an official trailer for Mad God, an an experimental animated film set in a world of monsters, mad scientists and war pigs. This is long-awaited passion project from special effects / VFX / creature design master Phil Tippett, who wrote and directed and produced this entirely on his own with the help of crowdfunding a few years ago. A "diving bell descends amidst a ruined city and the Assassin emerges to explore a labyrinth of bizarre landscapes." This premiered at the Locarno Film Festival last year and stopped by a number of other genre fests in the fall. This features the voices of Alex Cox, Niketa Roman, Satish Ratakonda, Harper Taylor, and Brynn Taylor. The film "combines live-action and stop-motion, miniature sets and other innovative techniques to bring Tippett's wholly unique and grotesquely beautiful vision to life." You've never seen anything like this! A gnarly creation that Ray Harryhausen would be madly in love with. Check it out.

Official Red Band Trailer for 'The Passenger' Travel Horror from Spain

The Passenger Trailer

"Please tell me she isn't dead." Oh she's definitely not dead - watch out you fools! Dark Star has revealed a new official red band trailer for a freaky Spanish horror film titled The Passenger, which premiered last year at the 2021 Sitges Film Festival (a great fest!). La Pasajera follows a group of travelers sharing a van. When they accidentally hit a stranger in the middle of the road, they decide to take her to the hospital but soon realize there is something seriously wrong with her. This looks like it gets extra disgusting and totally crazy, the kind of horror only die-hard horror fans will be able to stomach. Starring Ramiro Blas, Cecilia Suárez, Paula Gallego, Cristina Alcázar, and Yao Yao. Spain has been cooking up some crazy horror recently and this looks like another WTF disgusting creation to enjoy with all your friends on the weekend.

A School Trip from Hell - Horror Comedy 'Unhuman' Official Trailer

Unhuman Trailer

"What is it with you shut-ins and these zombie fantasies?" Blumhouse + Paramount have revealed the main trailer for Unhuman, a horror comedy from Blumhouse Television that is coming to VOD next month. A new film from the filmmaker behind The Collector and The Collection, though this feels much different. A group of misfit high school students must band together to survive when their school bus crashes on a field trip. Relationships are tested once they realize they are being stalked by strange attackers. They must take down the murderous zombie-creatures… before they end up killing each other first. This stars Brianne Tju, Benjamin Wadsworth, Uriah Shelton, Ali Gallo, and Peter Giles. This definitely looks made-for-TV, with a limited budget and derivative ideas, even the "undead" after them aren't that scary. Worth skipping?

 Posted May 9 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Full Trailer for David Cronenberg's Body Horror 'Crimes of the Future'

Crimes of the Future Trailer

"Let us not be afraid to map the chaos inside." Neon has revealed main official red band trailer for David Cronenberg's new film Crimes of the Future, his latest since making Maps to the Stars in 2014. A deep dive into the not-so-distant future in which humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. This evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, which alters their biological makeup. An investigator from the National Organ Registry tracks the two main characters. This must be related to Cronenberg's very first feature film also titled Crimes of the Future from 1970. This is culmination of all of his years of making body horror films and experimenting with the human body - this looks gnarly. The horror film stars Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, and Kristen Stewart, with Scott Speedman and Tanaya Beatty. The film is premiering at the 2022 Cannes Festival playing in the Main Competition section coming up in a few weeks, before a scheduled release in June this summer in theaters.

New Trailer for UK Thriller 'Cordelia' with Antonia Campbell-Hughes

Cordelia Trailer

"Are you safe, Frank?" "Am I safe with you, Cordelia?" Screen Media Films has revealed the new US trailer for an indie psychological thriller from the UK titled Cordelia, which first premiered back in 2019. This already opened in the UK in 2020, but is only now getting an official US release this summer. Following an incident in her past, Cordelia now lives with her twin sister, Caroline, in their late father's basement flat in London. With her sister away for the weekend, Cordelia is left alone and overcome with paranoia. She starts to unravel and sink back into past traumas the more Frank tries to charm his way into her life, becoming a danger to herself and others. Sounds like it gets intense at the end. Antonia Campbell-Hughes stars as Cordelia, with Johnny Flynn, Catherine McCormack, Joel Fry, and Michael Gambon. Reviews state there's "a nightmarish quality to the world. Fantasy and dreams slip deliriously back & forth." Check it out.

 Posted May 6 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

A Night in a Haunted Castle - 'Dawn Breaks Behind The Eyes' Trailer

Dawn Breaks Behind The Eyes Trailer

"Renovating this place will cost us a fortune." Dark Sky has revealed a trailer for Dawn Breaks Behind The Eyes, a horror thriller film from filmmaker Kevin Kopacka arriving on VOD this summer. This first premiered at Fright Fest in the UK last year. Here's the intro: "Coming on Gothic retro like an undiscovered Mario Bava S&M shocker before turning into a José Ramón Larraz acid trip, director Kevin Kopacka’s 70s exploitation homage is one from the Berberian Sound Studio. Having just inherited a run down castle, a melancholic woman and her bad tempered husband choose to spend the night before deciding what to do with the creaky, cobwebbed pile. But after horrendous mutilation, reality shifts and a Lovely Sort of Death fast approaches… Get ready to have your mind blown by a fantasy freak-out and an Acid Frog, Gandalf and Liquid Brain Orchestra soundtrack." Starring Anna Platen, Jeff Wilbusch, Frederik von Lüttichau, Luisa Taraz, and Robert Nickisch. This looks freakin' glorious! So many vibrant, stunning shots in here.

Official Trailer for B-Movie Horror 'Sewer Gators' About Killer Alligators

Sewer Gators Trailer

"That's one big, damn lizard." Watch out for killer crocs! An official trailer is available for a B-movie horror thriller titled Sewer Gators, from filmmaker Paul Dale, arriving on VOD for streaming this summer (or on DVD / VHS). When killer alligators unleash chaos on a from the sewers of a small Louisiana town, it's up to a local sheriff, an alligator expert, and an old gator hunter to kill the beasts. Described as "a limb-crunching, scaly new creature feature in the tradition of the classics Alligator and Lake Placid!" Sewer Gators stars Manon Pages, Sean Phelan, Paul Dale, Charles Early, Kenny Bellau, & Sophia Brazda. This looks absolutely awful, but that is the point! Fake gators, fake kills, and everything else fake in one trashy movie.

 Posted May 3 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 7 Comments

Stuck on a Jetski in Trailer for Campy Shark Horror Movie 'Shark Bait'

Shark Bait Trailer

"What's it doing?" "Circling us." Vertical Entertainment has revealed the official trailer for Shark Bait, formerly known as just Jetski, a horror thriller shark movie set in Mexico. Yet another of these "haven't we seen this before?" stuck-on-the-water shark movies (also see: The Requin). This has been set for release in May in just a few weeks, which is why they're pushing everything right now to build up some hype. A group of friends enjoying a weekend steal a couple of jetskis racing them out to sea, ending up in a horrific head-on collision. They struggle to find a way back after the accident with a badly injured friend, then end up drifting into dangerous territory where predators lurk below the surface. This "British sharksploitation" film stars Holly Earl, Jack Trueman, Catherine Hannay, Malachi Pullar-Latchman, & Thomas Flynn. This really looks like every other cheap shark movie recently, but as usual it might be fun to watch anyway.

 Posted May 2 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

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