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"Something is happening… Something is wrong… I'm seeing things…" Blue Fox Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Mad Hatter, set to be released sometime this summer. The film marks the feature directorial debut of a storyboard artist on Scott Derrickson's movies (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, Doctor Strange) now making her first feature. Henry, and three of his classmates, encounter mind-bending ghostly terrors when they volunteer for a weekend study with their psychology professor in the haunted 'Mad Hatter' mansion. Supposedly haunted by those who died at a lavish party in the 1880s. I dig the smoldering embers look of all the ghosts, just hope the rest of it lives up to that potential for something really cool. The film stars Armando Gutierrez, Samuel Caleb Walker, Isadora Cruz, Nick Miller, Michael Berryman, and Rachel Brunner. This does look extremely creepy - check it out.
"We start thinking about the things we're missing… and forget about the things we have." Holy hell this looks freaky! IFC Films has released an official trailer for the indie horror The Djinn, finally being released in May this year in both theaters + on VOD at the same time. A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart's greatest desire. That is a simple setup, but this looks insanely creepy overall. This stars Ezra Dewey as Dylan, along with Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe, Donald Pitts, and John Erickson. The apartment cinematography in this (by DP Julián Estrada) is what makes it effectively scary. This really seems like it could end up a sleeper hit just because it's so disturbing.
"This summer, our darkest fears will come to light…" Surprise! Blumhouse has dropped an official trailer for a secret horror project called El Chupacabras, from Mexican filmmaker Issa López. Ever since she earned international acclaim with her film Tigers Are Not Afraid, many horror masters have been working with her to develop new projects - including Guillermo del Toro and Jason Blum of Blumhouse. Now she's bringing us a brand new take on the Mexican myth of the chupacabra titled El Chupacabras. Hidden for years, and no longer a myth, El Chupacabras exists. Can you outrun it? View this first look trailer at her new project below. And don't forget to watch the trailer until the very end - there's another surprise hidden here!
"I thought the Jigsaw killer was dead?" "He is…" Lionsgate has debuted a second official trailer for horror sequel Spiral. The full title is Spiral: From the Book of Saw, though they seem to be switching between just Spiral and the full title. This was delayed from release last May, and has now been reset for release this May, opening exclusively in theaters because that's how they want everyone to experience this. Directed by Darren Bousman (of Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera), the idea for this return to the Saw universe comes directly from Chris Rock - credited for the story. Rock also stars in it, along with Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson. Instead of gore horror, this next Saw movie has more of a Se7en vibe, about a detective investigating grisly murders who ends up trapped in "the center of the killer's morbid game." This a whole different trailer than the trailer last year, but it still looks insanely scary and extremely intense. Lots of mysteries in here, tons of spirals, and plenty of deadly traps of course.
"I didn't think we had secrets…" "Everybody has secrets." Searchlight Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for The Night House, a creepy new horror thriller from filmmaker David Bruckner (The Signal, The Ritual). This originally premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival. A widow attempts to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets in their lakeside home. But there's much more going on in here with duality and a mirror universe where things aren't quite the same. What does it all mean? What's going on? Very creepy and mysterious, yet alluring. Starring Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit, and Stacy Martin. Searchlight will debut the film in theaters in July, and I like the mirrored version of their logo. This looks creepy, I can see why they waited to show this in theaters.
"It's not a legend." Vertical Ent. has released the first official trailer for a horror film titled The Resort, the second feature from filmmaker Taylor Chien (after Cornered previously). This hasn't played at any fests but will be out to watch at the end of April this spring. For her birthday, Lex's three closest friends decide to take her on a surprise trip to a supposedly haunted island resort. When the four friends arrive in Hawaii to investigate the reports of a haunting at an abandoned resort in hopes of finding the infamous "Half-Faced Girl" haunting the grounds, they soon learn you should be careful what you wish for… This stars Bianca Haase, Brock O'Hurn, Michael Vlamis, and Michelle Randolph. It looks like they shot this at actual abandoned resort for real, which makes it another meta level of freaky on top of everything else going down.
"Daddy - where do you think mommy is now?" Briarcliff Entertainment has released an official trailer for a creepy new puppet clown horror titled Separation, from director William Brent Bell of the two The Boy and Brahms: The Boy II films previously. Get ready for more spring horror. The film is about an eight-year-old girl, played by Violet McGraw, who is lonely living among the feuds between her mother and father. When her mother is killed in an accident, things start to take a dark turn in their Brooklyn townhome. Her own puppets and other characters start to come to life. "When the motives of the ghoulish creatures become clear, the lives of everyone are put very much in jeopardy." The cast includes Mamie Gummer, Rupert Friend, Brian Cox, Troy James, Simon Quarterman, and Madeline Brewer. This already does look quite scary from this footage. And finally a good upgrade from all the junk horror dreck over the past year.
"Something is up with the animals." The Asylum has just released an official trailer for one of their latest ridiculous B-movie horrors called Aquarium of the Dead, which is arriving direct-to-DVD (because that's the right release for this) in May this year. This is actually a sort-of-sequel to director Glenn Miller's other Asylum zombie animal movies Zoombies and Zoombies 2. Surprise – there is not much of a plot here: a scientific accident causes creatures to become zombies. But I'd rather enjoy this as a revenge tale for all the sea animals captured and thrown into aquariums finally getting back at the asshole humans who put them there. The cast includes Vivica A. Fox, D.C. Douglas, Erica Duke, Eva Ceja, Anthony Jensen, Anna Telfer, Jeffery Thomas Johnson, and Rishi Arya. This has zombie sharks, octopus, crabs, fish, and oh yes, a zombie walrus (finally vengeance for Tusk!) and starfish, too. Whatever you do, don't touch the glass.
"There's no reception in there… People get a bit funny in the woods sometimes." Neon has debuted the full-length official trailer for Ben Wheatley's latest unsettling horror film In the Earth, which just premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This is Wheatley new hallucinogenic eco-horror that he secretly shot during the pandemic summer last year in the woods in the UK. As the world searches for a cure to a disastrous virus, a scientist and park scout venture deep in the forest for a routine equipment run. But their journey becomes a terrifying voyage through the "heart of darkness", the forest coming to life around them. The film stars Joel Fry, Ellora Torchia, Hayley Squires, as well as BAFTA Award Winner Reece Shearsmith. The freaky new film is a commentary not only on isolation and the pandemic, but on mother nature itself and the way it subtly controls us. This is a really beautiful trailer for Wheatley's latest creation.
"We do not speak about things in that house…" Shudder has unveiled an official trailer for The Banishing, a freaky new haunted house horror film from genre filmmaker Chris Smith (Creep, Severance, Triangle). This originally premiered at FrightFest and Sitges Film Festivals last year, and will stream on Shudder this April. The Banishing tells the story of the most haunted house in England. In the 1930s, a young reverend, his wife and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret. When a vengeful spirit haunts the little girl and threatens to tear the family apart, the reverend and his wife are forced to confront their beliefs. Starring Jessica Brown Findlay, John Heffernan, John Lynch, and Sean Harris. Not only does this look genuinely scary, but this is the kind of innovative horror we need more of to counter all the blandness.
"Sir. Get the hell out of here." Well Go USA has released a new trailer for Morgue, an indie supernatural horror-thriller from Paraguayan director Hugo Cardozo. This already opened in Paraguay and stopped by the Sitges Film Festival last year, and is opening on VOD in the US this April. The story is about a night that Diego Martínez is locked inside the morgue of the Regional Hospital of Encarnación and recounts the odd paranormal events that the security guard spent. Starring Pablo Martínez, María del Mar Fernández, Willi Villalba, Abel Martínez, Dr. Aldo Von Knobloch, Raúl Rotela, and Francisco Ayala. It looks creepy, and it reminds me a lot of The Autopsy of Jane Doe at first glance. Horror fans shouldn't miss this.
"I've got something better than cash… I've got a story." Gravitas Ventures has debuted another new US trailer for a Canadian indie "sinister thriller" titled The Oak Room. This first premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival last year (Zofia reviewed it from that festival here) and also stopped by the Telluride Horror Show. During a raging snowstorm, a drifter (RJ Mitte) offers to settle a debt with a grizzled bartender by telling him a story. But the evening's events quickly spiral into a dark tale of deceit, mistaken identity and shocking violence. A film about storytelling and how stories intertwine. Also starring Peter Outerbridge, Nicholas Campbell, Martin Roach, David Ferry, and Ari Millen. These trailers don't seem to sell the film that well, but all the reviews are saying it's quite good. A thrilling film about mysteries and crazy twists.