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"In order to wish for something you need, you gotta wish for something you fear. Otherwise that first wish goes away." Yet another tense, low key horror short film from Todd Spence & Zak White. The two have been cooking up under-5-minute, low budget horror shorts for the last few years - including Where Is It and last year's Your Date is Here. Fear Wish is their latest short and it's about a desperate man trying to wish for something he needs. Starring Nathan Sutton, with Scott Whyte and Amy McRoberts. I really enjoy their shorts because they're so simple but effective, taking a jump scare and clever concept and wrapping it with some quality writing. They're not reinventing the horror-short-wheel, but they are always fun to watch.
"I want you to close that door and lock it!" Because that will save you! Lionsgate has released a trailer for a horror thriller titled Hunter's Moon, a direct-to-VOD werewolf film from an executive producer of Live Free or Die Hard, 16 Blocks, and Hostage. This is also known as The Orchard, before the new title change, because it takes place at an orchard, of course. A sheriff makes a strange discovery when he's gets called to an orchard where three teenage sisters have been attacked by a band of young delinquents. But it's not just the kids that are tearing people apart. Hunter's Moon stars Thomas Jane as the sheriff, plus Jay Mohr, Sean Patrick Flanery, Katrina Bowden, Amanda Wyss, and India Ennenga. Check this out below.
"Your house did this to her…" Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for an indie horror film with a catchy title - Home with a View of the Monster. Alas, the film doesn't look like it will live up to that title. Marking the feature directorial debut of filmmakers Alex Greenlee & Todd Greenlee from Oklahoma, the horror is about home owners who list their secluded lake house on a rental app. They return early to find the renters gone, until the boyfriend with a harrowing story of what happened shows up. "Joining together the haunted house genre with the world of vacation rentals, Home with a View of the Monster provides a gripping glimpse into the lives of individuals who are each as haunted as their surroundings." The film stars Ellen Humphreys, Sebastien Charmant, Jasper Hammer, and Danielle Evon Ploeger. It's hard to even tell what the heck is going on in the trailer, unfortunately doesn't seem like this is worth anyone's time.
"Amazing how one lion can stop an entire city." 4 Digital Media has released a new US trailer for a horror B-movie titled Uncaged, which is the official US title for a movie also known as Prey (or Prooi in Dutch). This already opened in The Netherlands in 2016, but has never had a US release - until now. It's heading to VOD in March, if anyone wants to catch it. The movie is about a zoo veterinarian who gets caught up in a grisly adventure as she finds herself leading the city-wide hunt for a monstrous lion terrorizing the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. No one believes her when she figures out it's a lion, but the attacks keep happening. Uncaged stars Sophie van Winden, along with Julian Looman, Mark Frost, Wesley Mutsaars, and Victor Löw. This doesn't seem that good, but it does remind me of all the killer animal films from the 80s.
"Jude has to be with Brahms always and forever." STX Films & Lakeshore Ent. have finally unveiled an official trailer for Brahms: The Boy 2, the sequel to horror film The Boy about a haunted doll. Director William Brent Bell returns to continue this freaky story that first started in 2016. After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms. The creepy life-like doll begins to taunt them in unsettling ways. Katie Holmes stars, along with Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, and Ralph Ineson. This horror sequel was originally supposed to be out last fall, but they delayed until February this year. Yet another doll horror film, with a few good scares in the trailer.
"You want to be the good guy?" RLJE + Shudder have just debuted a new official US trailer for a Taiwanese indie horror film titled Mon Mon Mon Monsters, which is the direct translation of the original title. This actually premiered back in 2017, and played at festivals throughout 2017 and 2018. It's only now getting an official Blu-ray release in the US and of course there's a new trailer for it. Considering this got lost in the mix over the last few years, we thought it'd be fun to feature the latest trailer anyway – even if we're a year late. The film is about a group of teenagers that capture a man-eating monster. Starring Eugenie Liu, Pei-Hsin Lin, Carolyn Chen, Yu-Kai Deng, and Kent Tsai. This looks like it could be good, the monster FX look solid, and it seems to be a scary commentary on "monster" people in the real world. Check it out below.
"I'd hate for you to start something you can't stop…" Orion Pictures has debuted the full-length trailer for Gretel and Hansel, a new dark horror take on the classic "Hansel & Gretel" fairy tale, from the director of The Blackcoat's Daughter. The story you know hides a dark secret… A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil. Holy crap this looks creepy as hell! Starring Sophia Lillis (seen in the It movies), along with Alice Krige, Jessica De Gouw, Charles Babalola, Sammy Leakey, and Beatrix Perkins. All the set design and imagery in this is crazy cool, along with how disgusting and freaky it all looks. It's a must watch trailer.
"Bad dreams?" Entertainment One UK has debuted another new official 60-second trailer for the upcoming horror film The Turning, opening in one month at the end of January. This creepy new the-kids-are-not-alright thriller is a modern take on Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw". A young governess, Kate, is hired by a man who has just become responsible for his young nephew and niece after the deaths of their parents. But not everything is as it seems. Starring Mackenzie Davis, with Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince, Mark Huberman, Barbara Marten, Niall Greig Fulton, Kim Adis, Denna Thomsen, and Karen Egan. The first trailer was seriously scary and unsettling as hell, this one is chilling but not as scary.
"If you create a beast, you best learn how to ride it." 1091 Media has debuted an official trailer for a horror thriller titled Get Gone, which premiered at the Action On Film Festival earlier this year. The film's selling point is this creepy mask, which seems to be a part of the killers' costume. A hoax-busting group goes on a team-building retreat to Whiskey Flats, Oregon, and runs into trouble as they cross paths with an invasive drilling company that is warring with a very private family. Their retreat takes a turn after the group runs into trouble with them. The film stars horror film legend Lin Shaye, plus Weston Cage Coppola (Nicolas Cage's son), Robert Miano, Bradley Stryker, and Silvia Spross. Looks super bizarre and extra strange.
"You see what it did to my door?!" Cranked Up Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie horror film titled After Midnight, a creature feature from director Jeremy Gardner (The Battery, Tex Montana Will Survive) and producers Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. This mumblecore-esque horror also stars Jeremy Gardner as a man whose girlfriend suddenly disappears, leaving a cryptic note as her only explanation. As his life begins to crack and fall apart, he is haunted by something that comes in from the woods and attacks his house every night. Co-starring Brea Grant, Henry Zebrowski, Ashley Song, Nicola Masciotra, & Justin Benson. Described as a "charming, introspective crowd-pleaser about love, loss, and monsters." I caught this at the Sitges Film Festival and it's good! Any and all horror fans should keep an eye on this film.
"It takes nothing special to mop up after the dying… But to save a soul – that's quite something." A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie horror film titled Saint Maud, which originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this fall in the Midnight Madness category. It also played at Fantastic Fest, and stopped by the London Film Festival. This unconventional "religious horror" film follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient. It received rave reviews out of TIFF, if this kind of horror is your thing. Saint Maud stars Morfydd Clark as the titular Maud, along with Jennifer Ehle, Lilly Frazer, Lily Knight, Marcus Hutton, Turlough Convery, and Rosie Sansom. This was one of the most talked about films at TIFF this year, and looks like a new take horror fans will dig.
"You were a soldier… So were we all. Let's act like it." RLJE Films & Voltage Pics have debuted an official trailer for an indie action horror film titled VFW, the latest offering from filmmaker Joe Begos - who also delivered the bloody vampire flick Bliss this year. VFW, which stands for Veterans of Foreign Wars, is about a group of VFWs who must defend their local post and an innocent teen against a deranged drug dealer and his army of punk mutants. It's described as "The Wild Bunch meets Night of the Living Dead", and the key one-liner is: "These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives." Starring Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Martin Kove, David Patrick Kelly, Sierra McCormick, Tom Williamson, Travis Hammer, George Wendt, and Fred Williamson. Vintage grainy action fun.