"Have you forgotten? Or are you just afraid?" Dekanalog Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for an acclaimed Taiwanese horror film titled Detention, directed by John Hsu. This originally opened in Taiwan back in 2019, and is finally showing in the US after playing at various festivals - including Fantasia, Busan, and the New York Asian Film Festival last year. Set in 1962 in Taiwan, during the time of the White Terror. Martial law is in full force. In a time of extreme repression, all ideas considered to be dissident are banned, and the culprits are tortured or executed. Adapted from a video game, based on true events, this "masterful debut from director & co-writer John Hsu creates at once a shocking historical drama, melancholy coming-of-age tale + nightmarish horror film that recalls the masterworks of Guillermo del Toro, and with enough blood, striking sound design, art direction, and special effects to evoke the best of Silent Hill." The film stars Gingle Wang, Fu Meng-po, Tseng Ching-hua, Cecilia Choi, & Hung Chang Chu. Horror fans have been raving about it for a while and now it's finally getting a theatrical release here. Check it out below.
"Did anyone see us that night?" "No… why do you ask?" Amazon has revealed the full-length official trailer for their update on I Know What You Did Last Summer, directed by filmmaker Craig William Macneill and exec produced by Sara Goodman. Made by Amazon Studios, Atomic Monster, Original Film, and Sony Pictures Television, this is also based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, same as the hit horror film from the 90s that starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar. In this series, set in a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers are stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night. The full cast includes Madison Iseman, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, Brooke Bloom, Sonya Balmores, & Bill Heck. We don't often feature TV trailers, but considering this is connected to the 90s horror film, why not? Will this be any good?
"It has no origin… It has no mission… It just feeds." Lionsgate has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror thriller film titled The Spore, which is arriving direct to DVD & VOD this November after premiering in October. It's currently set to debut at Grimmfest in Manchester next month. Another apocalpytic plague film - but this time it's an evil mutating fungus that "wants to consume us all." The lives of ten strangers intersect through a terrifying chain of events as a mutating fungus begins to spread through a small town wiping out everyone that comes into contact with it. The ensemble horror film stars Jeannie Jefferies, Haley Heslip, Peter Tell, Jackson Ezinga, Jovonnah Nicholson, and Justin Golinsky. It reminds me of Ben Wheatley's In the Earth from earlier this year, also involving some deadly fungus. Tread carefully.
"Can't be alive for 200 years and not go a little crazy." Netflix has unveiled the official trailer for a dark action thriller comedy titled Night Teeth, another vampire offering launching just in time for Halloween this fall. That title is definitely a "wink, wink" that oh yeah, they're vampires. Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. stars as Benny, a college student moonlighting as a chauffeur. One evening he picks up two mysterious women for a night of party-hopping across Los Angeles. But when he uncovers their bloodthirsty intentions - and their dangerous, shadowy underworld - he must fight to stay alive. The film also co-stars Debby Ryan and Lucy Fry as his two passengers, with a cast including Raúl Castillo, Alfie Allen, Alexander Ludwig, Sydney Sweeney, and Megan Fox. This looks like another cliche "beautiful vampires vs other beautiful vampires" living right "under our noses" film filled with neon and late night debauchery in LA. Might be fun to watch.
"There's a creepy man in a white mask… And he keeps, like, trying to play hide & seek with us." Universal + Blumhouse have released one final trailer for horror Halloween Kills, opening in October in theaters everywhere and on the Peacock streaming service at the same time. It also just premiered at the Venice Film Festival and plays at Fantastic Fest next. This is the new sequel in the ongoing trilogy (Halloween in 2018, Halloween Kills this year, ending with Halloween Ends in 2022) and it's again directed by David Gordon Green. Somehow Michael managed to survive Laurie's trap at the end of the last movie, and makes it out alive. Once they learn he is still not dead, the Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael’s first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands - forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Jamie Lee Curtis returns, with Anthony Michael Hall, Judy Greer, Kyle Richards, Robert Longstreet, Andi Matichak, and Nick Castle as "The Shape". I really enjoyed this one, though it's much more brutal & intense than it is chilling. "We are the survivors of Michael Myers."
"Something is here…!" Paramount has unveiled a chilling 30-second teaser trailer for the next Paranormal Activity film in the horror franchise, this one titled Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin. Technically this is the 7th PA film, though it is apparently not a sequel or prequel, more of a "reboot" of the series. Taking place in some strange Amish-like community that's seemingly haunted by supernatural forces. That shot of the hole is creepy af. From the excellent director of The Signal and Underwater, with a script written by the director of the two Happy Death Day movies as well as Freaky previously. Next of Kin stars Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert, and Henry Ayres-Brown. Thanks to the pandemic, this is also skipping theaters entirely and instead will debut streaming on the Paramount+ service just in time for Halloween at the end of October. Still looking as scary as ever? Who wants more? This Halloween, The Activity is Reborn.
"Do not touch anything!" Bloody Disgusting has revealed an official trailer for the next sequel in the horror anthology franchise known as V/H/S. This new one is called simply V/H/S/94, following up V/H/S 2 which premiered back in 2012. I can't believe its been almost 10 years since we lost saw a V/H/S anthology! Developed by filmmaker David Brucker (The Signal, The Ritual, The Night House), this new film features four unique horrifying segments with a wrap around as well. Each one is directed by horror filmmakers: Simon Barrett, Chloe Okuno, Ryan Prows, Jennifer Reeder, and Timo Tjahjanto. A nice line-up, so far so good. With various casts including: Anna Hopkins, Sean Patrick Dolan, Dru Viergever, Dax Ravina, Christian Lloyd, and Kimmy Choi. There is some totally gnarly, disgusting, wickedly weird footage in this trailer. Plus a brand new Veggie Masher! And some badass sci-fi guns, too. I don't know, I am SO down for this! Always enjoyed the first V/H/S films even if they scared the shit out of me. Grunge horror at its finest.
"Someone must've said something?" Amazon has unveiled a teaser trailer for their new update on the horror I Know What You Did Last Summer, directed by filmmaker Craig William Macneill and exec produced by Sara Goodman. Made by Amazon Studios, Atomic Monster, Original Film, and Sony Pictures Television, this is also based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, same as the hit horror film from the 90s that starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar. In this new series, set in a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers are stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night. The cast includes Madison Iseman, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, Brooke Bloom, Sonya Balmores, and Bill Heck. It doesn't look like much of an update other than adding more partying + idiots into the mix. I guess that's the all the rage these days.
"Find your own way to slay." Amazon Prime Video has debuted four individual trailers for the next four films as part of the Welcome to the Blumhouse horror series. A "series of unique, unsettling thrillers, that showcase original genre stories from diverse casts and filmmakers," the first four films launched last year. The original concept for Welcome to the Blumhouse was a line-up of eight films - this is the second set of them arriving in October 2021 to finish up this original project. Arriving on Prime Video soon for viewing: Bingo Hell, starring Adriana Barraza, L. Scott Caldwell, Richard Brake, Joshua Caleb Johnson; Black as Night, starring Asjha Cooper, Fabrizio Guido, Mason Beauchamp, Abbie Gayle, Craig Tate, Keith David; Madres, starring Tenoch Huerta, Ariana Guerra, Evelyn Gonzalez, Kerry Cahill; and The Manor, starring Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison, Nicholas Alexander, Jill Larsen, Fran Bennett. Revisit the first series of films here, and add these next four to your "Watch List" for this year. Bingo Hell looks like it might be the best of the bunch in here, with its demonic bingo, but they all look pretty good. Check out all 4 films below.
"Gripping from first scene to last." Yellow Veil Pictures has revealed the full official trailer for the Swedish psychological horror indie film Knocking, which first premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The first teaser dropped last month, and the film opens in October. A woman leaves a psychiatric ward after a nervous breakdown, only to start hearing mysterious knocking sounds in her new apartment. Molly's new life then begins to unravel as the knocking and soon more screams intensify. Cecilia Milocco stars as Molly, along with Albin Grenholm, Ville Virtanen, Krister Kern, Alexander Salzberger, Charlotta Åkerblom. Described as "a timely psychological horror thriller built on very real human fears and anxieties, skillfully lensed with claustrophobic precision by Hannes Krantz and given a pulsing score by Martin Dirkov." If you're creeped out by any of this footage or the knocking, you need to see this film.
The Search for a Cure, Created a Monster. This October, there's a Mutated Rat loose in the city! Uncork'd Ent has released an official trailer for a B-movie horror called The Mutation, from filmmaker Scott Jeffrey (The Bad Nun, The Final Scream, ClownDoll, HellKat, Conjuring the Genie, Cannibal Troll, Dragon Fury, Hatched). This Asylum-wannabe is a wacky new take on a mutated rat that has been let loose in a city and a group of detectives that are on the hunt for the beast. Before the rat gets any bigger and kills more people! Watch out! The Mutation stars Ricardo Freitas, Amanda-Jade Tyler, Abi Casson Thompson, and James Robertson. This looks as ridiculous as it sounds, but that's pretty much the point - to have some cinematic fun with wacky low budget horror. That man-in-suit monster seems like the best part about this.
"You guys just are who you are! You don't have any secrets…" Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a creepy new horror thriller titled There's Someone Inside Your House, from director Patrick Brice of the two Creep films. The graduating class at Osborne High is being targeted by a masked assailant, intent on exposing the darkest secret of each victim, and only a group of misfit outsiders can stop the killings. The premise involves a killer who haunts his victims while wearing a life-like mask of their own face. Definitely seems to be some social commentary basked into this. The full cast features Sydney Park as Makani, with Théodore Pellerin, Asjha Cooper, Dale Whibley, Diego Josef, Sarah Dugdale, Burkely Duffield, William MacDonald, Jesse LaTourette, Andrew Dunbar, & Markian Tarasiuk. This is an obvious Netflix trailer, with catchy music and lots of vibrant imagery along with all the slasher horror. Might be fun?