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"Didn't you ever hear those old stories?" Who hasn't? Kamikaze Dogfight has released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled Backwoods, from filmmaker Thomas Smith. This sounds like old school escape-from-the-deranged-killer-in-theforest horror. High school cheerleader Molly woke bound and gagged in the trunk of her boyfriend's car. That was the high point of her night. After escaping her abductor and fleeing into the nearby forest, she comes face-to-face with the town urban legend: The Hangman, a deformed zealot said to hang male trespassers and keep the women as "brides". The film stars Isabella Alberti, Jeremy Sande, Tahj Vaughans, Micahel Anthony Bagozzi, Erin Liley, and Scott Alan Warner. This looks like a wannabe-slasher film, but I don't think this man-in-suit bad guy is going to become a new horror icon.
"It makes you safe… Isn't that what you want?" Gravitas has released an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Bad Impulse, the latest film directed by actress / acting coach / director / producer Michelle Danner. In the aftermath of a traumatic event, a suburban husband & father decides to buy a cutting edge home security system from a mysterious man, only to find that it slowly destroys that which he most wants to protect. Sounds a bit like The Box, but with a home security system instead of a box. Bad Impulse stars Grant Bowler, Paul Sorvino, Sonya Walger, James Landry-Hebert, Abbi Ford, Stephanie Cayo, Dan Lauria, and Rebecca Black. This looks a bit too weird and a bit too creepy, but not really any good.
"Take me with you…" Dark Sky Films has released an official US trailer for the Korean horror thriller The Closet, directed by Kwang-bin Kim. This already opened in South Korea in February this year, and arrives in the US to watch this fall. After Sang-Won's daughter Yi-Na goes missing in their new home, a mysterious man approaches him and tells him to look for her in the closet. The film is about a man who grows apart from his daughter following the death of his wife, and a mysterious exorcist who helps the man find his missing daughter. The supernatural film stars Jung-woo Ha, Yool Heo, Nam-gil Kim, and Si-ah Kim. The looks like it's borrowing some horror concepts from Poltergeist and Insidious and working them into a story of a grieving father. However, I don't know why this trailer is dubbed in English - very strange choice.
"Whatever's hiding in the walls – I think it lives here." RLJE Films has revealed the official trailer for an indie horror remake called Castle Freak, a brand new update of the original 1995 cult classic horror also titled Castle Freak directed by Stuart Gordon. The film is a "reimagining" of the original, starring Barbara Crampton (who is producing this new one). An Albanian castle with bloodthirsty creatures is inherited by a young woman. She must unravel her family's mysterious history before she too falls prey to the Castle Freak. This new Castle Freak stars Clair Catherine, Jake Horowitz, Chris Galust, Kika Magalhaes, Emily Sweet, Elisha Pratt, and Omar Shariff Brunson Jr. This looks uber creepy and extra gory, it also looks incredibly cliche and derivative, offering nothing but the same old horror tropes. Stay away from this castle.
"Everyone on board the Mary Celeste got pulled into one of those rifts. All of the data points to a shift tonight… We are in the rift." Vertical Ent. has released an official trailer for the indie horror thriller titled Haunting of the Mary Celeste, inspired by true story of the Mary Celeste mystery. No one still knows what happened to the crew. In the horror film, Emily Swallow stars as Rachel, a concerned researcher whose team who has set out to sea to prove that the disappearance of a family and crew from a merchant ship was for reasons having to do with the supernatural. Her theory that those on the Mary Celeste vanished into a "rift" between dimensions proves true as the boat breaks down and her crew begins to vanish one by one. Scary. Also starring Richard Roundtree, Alice Hunter, Dominic Devore, Pierre Adeli, and Ava Acres. This looks creepy, but it looks like they didn't have enough of a budget for a genuinely scary feeling.
Body swap movies have been with us for as long as we can remember. In the original Freaky Friday from 1977, Jodie Foster's character switches places with her mom, played by Barbara Harris. In 18 Again!, it's a grandfather and his grandson. The switch always differs. It can be because of a car accident, magical potion, or a wish cast during the full moon. It can also be a demonic ritual involving a mystical blade – that's what happens in Freaky where a teenage girl switches bodies with a serial killer. This horror comedy, directed by Christopher Landon (of both Happy Death Days), written by Michael Kennedy (Fox's "Bordertown") and Landon, is a bloody feast for every slasher fan, packed with inventive deaths and campy characters.
"Aren't you hungry?" "I don't touch women. I am a gentleman." Now what do we have here?! Uncork'd Ent. has released a brand new, extra gory red band trailer for an Icelandic vampire dark comedy thriller titled Thirst. Have a taste. Not to be confused with any of the other hundreds of vampire films also called Thirst. Drug addict Hulda is arrested and accused of murdering her brother. After she is let go due to insufficient evidence, she meets Hjörtur, a thousand-year-old badass gay vampire. Together they fight a cult while being investigated by a rogue detective. Sounds awesome? Just wait until you see the actual footage. The film stars Hjörtur Sævar Steinason, Hulda Lind Kristinsdóttir, Jens Jensson, Ester Sveinbjarnardóttir, and Birgitta Sigursteinsdóttir. This is super violent and extremely bloody (definitely NSFW) and that's part of the magic. At least the vampire guy looks badass! Horror and/or vampire fans - don't miss this one.
"Let's blast this thing!!" Our friends at Bloody Disgusting have revealed a gory teaser trailer for an extreme gross-out horror comedy called Cyst, which premiered at both FrightFest and Fantastic Fest this year. This is one of these super disgusting, gory-as-f&!k, body horror creations that may make you puke. In the 1960s, a nurse's last day is ruined when a crazy doctor inadvertently creates a cyst monster that terrorizes the office. Everybody scream! The cyst is loose! The cult horror stars Greg Sestero, Eva Habermann, Jason Douglas, Gene Jones, George Hardy, Darren Ewing, Francesca Santoro, Keturah Branch, and Kyle Roberts as the Cyst Monster. Hell yes - man in suit! My goodness this looks so revolting. But it might be ridiculous fun? Or not? Only one way to find out ha! Dive right in. But please make sure you wear a mask.
"I've been killing monsters for years - a few more won't hurt." Shudder has released a new trailer for the Australian horror thriller titled Blood Vessel, which already opened Down Under during the summer. We featured a first trailer back in June, but the film is now available to watch streaming on Shudder in the US. Somewhere in the North Atlantic, late 1945 - survivors of a torpedoed Allied ship are adrift at sea in a life raft when they spot an abandoned German boat. They board, and soon discover they're not alone. Everyone on the ship is dead, but something else still lives. The Nazis found vampires. Yeah, this looks creepy and bloody as hell. This stars Alyssa Sutherland, Robert Taylor, Nathan Phillips, Christopher Kirby, John Lloyd Fillingham, Alex Cooke, and Mark Diaco. It's finally time to meet this freaky old vampire.
"We are going to be the ones that survive this storm. That's a promise." Terror Films has released a new trailer for a gruesome indie horror film titled Derelicts, from filmmaker Brett Glassberg. This originally premiered at the Telluride Horror Show in 2017, and it also played at the NYC Horror Film Festival in 2018. It's finally getting a release this fall if anyone is still interested. A strained suburban family's Thanksgiving is disrupted by a gang of vicious vagrants. During its festival run the film received some praise, including Modern Horrors who referred to the film as "A visual feast of sex, violence and insanity" and Killer Horror Critic who stated, "Derelicts is the Thanksgiving horror film to end all Thanksgiving horror films." Starring Steve Uzzell as Ed. This looks nuts! Just a bit too crazy for my taste, one big nasty mess of lunatic horror.
"I think we need to finish our story." What if Pixar made a horror movie? That's the best way to pitch this short. A Night in Camp Heebie Jeebie is an amusing animated horror short film made by filmmaker / animator Dylan Chase. This passion project took him three years to complete in his own time, working with his collaborator Dave Jacobson. It recently premiered at the Nightstream Film Festival to rave reviews. One stormy night in Camp Heebie Jeebie, five girl scouts realize that the spooky stories they've been telling each other just to pass the time might not be just stories. Featuring the voices of Hadley Granger (Sawtooth), Britney Rose (Luna), Claire Gray (Static), Leon Masuda (Smootch), and also Riley Madison Perez (Sprinkles). It's playful with goofy character design, but also has a scary side to it. This one is a must watch.
"Next Halloween… when the sun sets, and someone is alone… he kills." Michael is back again! And hungry for more. Universal + Blumhouse have revealed another new teaser trailer for the next Halloween sequel, titled Halloween Kills, which has been delayed from October of this year until October 2021 next year. This is the next sequel in the brand new trilogy (Halloween in 2018, Halloween Kills coming up, ending with Halloween Ends in 2022) and it's once again directed by David Gordon Green. No plot details have been revealed yet. The film is finished and ready to go, but the pandemic has forced them to wait and hold it for an extra year - but they're happy to tease with some scary footage anyway. Jamie Lee Curtis returns, joined by Anthony Michael Hall, Judy Greer, Kyle Richards, Robert Longstreet, Andi Matichak, and Nick Castle playing "The Shape". Just a small taste to keep everyone excited about this horror series.