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"Now it's time to make one last sacrifice." Wild Eye Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for an indie horror titled Parts Unknown, the latest from rural genre filmmaker Richard Chandler. After putting their bodies on the line for countless years, a family of professional wrestlers seek a brand new way to satisfy an impeccable bloodlust - by going on a spree of murder and carnage to satisfy their deal made with a demonic entity from another dimension. William DeCoff, Alexandra Cipolla, and Sarah Michelle star in this extremely low budget, extremely awful-looking, excessively violent horror film. I have to say it - this looks absolutely terrible in every possible way, not only pointless and unnecessary, but just brutal and wrong and shamefully un-amusing. But I guess they didn't make this for me. At least the trailer is totally free to watch.
"Mother won't like it…" Magnolia has debuted the first official trailer for a horror thriller titled Amulet, marking the feature directorial debut of English actress Romola Garai. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year in the Midnight section, and it's also playing at the Bucheon Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea coming up this summer. An ex-soldier, living homeless in London, is offered a place to stay at a decaying house inhabited by a young woman and her dying mother. When he starts to fall for her, he cannot ignore his suspicion that something sinister is going on in this decrepit home. The film stars Alec Secareanu and Carla Juri, with Angeliki Papoulia and Imelda Staunton. Are these ladies witches?! Or demons?! Just waiting to devour this man's soul? This is a seriously creepy, gross, very unsettling trailer.
"Don't be scared." Shudder has revealed an official US trailer for the indie "cosmic sci-fi horror" film called The Beach House, marking the directorial debut of filmmaker Jeffrey A. Brown. This premiered at a few genre film festivals in Europe last fall, and will be streaming on Shudder this summer. A romantic getaway for two troubled college sweethearts turns into a struggle for survival when the guests - and the surrounding environment - begin to show signs of a mysterious infection. The Beach House is described as "a striking and timely eco-horror that offers up an alluring mix of claustrophobic isolation, mysterious contagion, and dreamy seaside setting with a show-stealing lead performance from Liana Liberato." In addition to Liana, the film also stars Noah Le Gros, Jake Weber, and Maryann Nagel. This seems to have a bit of that Lovecraftian cosmic vibe, with some mysterious infection and slimy creatures slowly taking over. So gross.
"Uncle, something weird is happening in the house." Shudder has debuted an official US trailer for a Korean horror thriller titled Metamorphosis, from director Hong-seon Kim (The Con Artists, The Chase). This already opened in Korea last year, and is finally getting a US release this summer through Shudder. In this new twist on possession stories, Joong-Su, an exorcist, must face a demon he tragically failed to defeat in the past when it targets his brother's family next. The horror concept involves the demon assuming the form of different family members to sow confusion and distrust. Starring Bae Sung-Woo, Sung Dong-Il, Jang Young-Nam, Kim Hye-Jun, Cho Yi-Hyun, Kim Kang-Hoon. It's a cool concept - borrowing from The Thing about how you don't know who it is, mixed with a slick possession story. Keep an eye out for this one.
"The dirt is dry!" A promo trailer has debuted online for a body horror film called Spare Parts, which is currently being sold at the Cannes Market this summer. Made by Canadian filmmaker Andrew T. Hunt, it was produced by Raven Banner under their production label, Hangar 18 Media. The film follows an all-girl punk band named Ms. 45 - they get kidnapped after a show in the wrong part of town. They wake up to find that they’ve had their limbs replaced with crude mechanized weapons, and their only chance for survival is to fight in an arena for the amusement of a blood-hungry cult. Starring Michelle Argyris, Emily Alatalo, Jason Rouse, Kiriana Stanton, Chelsea Muirhead, Ryan Allen, and Julian Richings. Described as "if Sushi Typhoon's Machine Girl gets a make-over with the staging props of Mad Max.” Looks super gnarly.
"He has experienced evil in its deepest, darkest form." RLJE Films has debuted an official US trailer for an indie horror titled Belzebuth, which originally premiered in 2017 at the Sitges Film Festival, and in 2018 at the Brussels Fantastic Film Festival. It's finally getting an official VOD release this summer. Special Agent Emanuel Ritter leads a police investigation into a series of strange, shocking deaths. But after a priest from the Vatican finds a link between the murders and an ancient demon, a descent into horror ensues. Starring Tobin Bell from the Saw franchise and Joaquín Cosío from "The Strain", "Belzebuth is a dark, terrifying new tale of demonic possession." The cast includes Tate Ellington, Giovanna Zacarías, Aurora Gil, and Aida López. I feel like everyone is over these possession horror films, yet they still keep making them.
"You. You're not like the others." Lionsgate has debuted anther international trailer for the horror-thriller Antebellum, starring singer / actress Janelle Monáe. This trailer runs a full two minutes and explains this film better than any of the other three trailers before this. I like the mystery surrounding this, and the excitement about it despite not knowing what the heck is going on. The synopsis only states an author "finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality & must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late." From music video / advertising biz directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz, now making their feature debut. The full cast includes Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Marque Richardson. With this trailer, it looks like there's an alternate universe where they find and take Black people to work as slaves. Now that is scary.
"It's only a short swim." Screen Media Film has debuted the first trailer for an Australia horror sequel titled Black Water: Abyss, a follow-up to the underground hit Black Water from 2007 (about killer crocodiles in the mangrove swamps). Filmmaker Andrew Traucki returns for this deadly underground sequel, which follows a group of friends exploring a remote cave system in Northern Australia and end up deadly threat by a pack of crocodiles. The killer crocs are back! And hungrier than ever. Starring Jessica McNamee, Luke Mitchell, Amali Golden, Benjamin Hoetjes, and Anthony J. Sharpe. This is one of those fun horror films set in an underground cave, combined with a killer croc horror film. A bit of both fears crammed into one? Why not. I hope this trailer didn't give away too much at the end - tread carefully. And watch for crocs.
"Monetizing the monster." Arrow Video has unveiled an official US trailer for a Korean dark comedy zombie horror film titled Zombie for Sale, also known as The Odd Family: Zombie On Sale. This already opened in Korea last year, and it stopped by the Toronto After Dark Film Festival and Five Flavours Film Festival. When a pharmaceutical company's illegal experiments inadvertently create a zombie, the Park family finds it and tries to profit from it. They lock him up and allow other locals to be bitten for youthful benefits, but of course we all know where this leads. "With a cabbage-munching zombie who prefers ketchup over blood, and a dysfunctional family that gives the Kim family of Parasite a run for their money, Zombie for Sale will warm the deadest of hearts and breathe some new life into the zombie genre." Starring Jeong Jae-yeong, Jung Ga-ram, Kim Nam-gil, Lee Soo-kyung, and Um Ji-won. A fun creative riff on zombie comedies.
"This will never be over." IFC Films has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled The Rental, which is getting released in July later this summer. It hasn't premiered at any film festivals, but that doesn't make a difference for this film. Co-written by Dave Franco and Joe Swanberg, and directed by Dave Franco as his first film, The Rental is about two couples that rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend get-away. But it turns into "something far more sinister" when secrets are revealed and paranoia about not being alone in the rental home creeps in. Wait until you see this trailer. Starring Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, and Jeremy Allen, with Toby Huss. Wow! This looks intense and extremely frightening. Starts out nice and calm, but quickly gets scary as hell by the end. Check it out.
The mystery of the Candyman. Filmmaker Nia DaCosta has posted a surprise "trailer" for the upcoming Candyman movie, described as a "spiritual sequel" to the 1992 cult classic horror film starring Tony Todd. The first official trailer debuted back in February, and the movie was supposed to be out in theaters already. It has been rescheduled for release in September after the summer. This breathtaking new trailer is made with paper and shadow puppets telling the origin of the "Candyman" and how he turned into the legend he is today. Mainly because mobs of people vilified him, so he became an actual villain. Or so it seems. Starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris (from If Beale Street Could Talk), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, and Vanessa Williams, along with an appearance by the original Tony Todd. This is one of the most unique and most beautiful trailers we've ever seen for a horror movie. Nia writes: "Candyman, at the intersection of white violence and black pain, is about unwilling martyrs. The people they were, the symbols we turn them into, the monsters we are told they must have been." How true.
Ouch! Ahhhh!! This is probably one of the scariest short films you'll ever see. Because it's so frickin' REAL! Hangnail is a three-minute horror short made by Canadian filmmaker Colin MacDonald and his partner Nicole Barron, who stars in this as well. The short was produced by MacDonald and Barron in a single night during quarantine in the couple's Nova Scotia home. Horror film journalist/composer Jerry Smith then came on board to provide an original synthesizer score. It's a truly frightening horror short about those pesky hangnails. "That painful chunk of tissue that won’t let go. You rip and tear at it, but the flesh holds on." There is no way anyone can watch this short without shrieking in horror. Ahaha. Horror filmmakers always come up with some of the most creative and painful ideas for under-five-minutes short films. Enjoy.