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"Alone… in a house of secrets." Vertical Ent. has debuted a trailer for an indie horror called The Haunted, not the most original title but that's not indicative of much. This premiered at Screamfest a few years back, now getting an official release (in the US) coming up this May. Arriving at an isolated house for her first nightshift, young care-taker Emily is left alone to face a terrifying vengeful spirit in this disturbingly clever, psychological horror. Only 75 minutes long! Sophie Stevens (from "Doctors" and The Black Prince) stars as Emily, along with Ray MacAllan, Nick Bayly, Maggie Daniels, and Virginia Denham. It does look like it might be quite scary, but hard to tell if there's more going on in this than just another haunted house.
"Were you scared?" No way! Right? Well Go USA has unveiled the first official teaser trailer for the zombie movie Peninsula, the sequel to the Korean smash hit zombie action thriller Train to Busan from 2016. This sequel is directed again by the same filmmaker who made the first one – Yeon Sang-ho – and follows the survivor Jung-seok, who was able to safely escape the diseased wasteland. In this next post-apocalyptic thriller, "when his team unexpectedly stumbles upon survivors, their lives will depend on whether the best—or worst—of human nature prevails in the direst of circumstances." Yeah, we all know it'll be bad. Starring Gang Dong-won and Lee Jung-hyun. In addition to the poster, this is the first look reveal and packs a punch despite being only a 90-second teaser. This looks just as epic and intense as the first one, if not even more so. Mixing in some Mad Max with the zombie apocalypse, and more. Can't wait to watch! Fire this up.
"Too many things happened in this house in the past…" Cleopatra has debuted an official trailer for an indie gothic-esque horror film titled Skin Walker, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Christian Neuman (founder of Focusart) after numerous other short films previously. Amber Anderson stars as in this psychological thriller as Regine, a fragile young woman trying to build a new life – safer and happier than the one she had as a child. Escaping her trauma is not so easy however, and when her grandmother is brutally murdered, Regine must return to the village she once left and revisit the gruesome horrors of her past to protect herself and her family. The cast includes Udo Kier, Jefferson Hall, Sophie Mousel, Luc Feit, Luc Schiltz, Sarah Lamesch, and Bérangère McNeese. This starts out rather calm, but gets extra crazy by the end. So much going on! And nothing like Udo Kier smashing things to make a film even better.
When things start getting frightening, there's nothing better than having a dog by your side to scare away the evil. Oscar's Bell is a new dialogue-free horror short film made by UK-based filmmaker Chris Cronin (also of the short films Balcony, Unkillable, and Sophie's Fortune). Paul Bullion (from "Peaky Blinders") stars as Duncan, who heads out on his weekly camping trip into the wilderness with his dog Oscar. However, when Duncan looks out into the woods, something else looks back. Also co-starring the dog Anti as Oscar. "Our goal was to create a longer film, really going back to the basics of the scary ghost story," they explain about making this. "During the writing we just kept asking ourselves, 'what would make this even worse for Duncan?', looking to heighten the horror until we had an ending we really felt delivered." It definitely does.
"We're all being hunted." Gravitas has debuted an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Carrion, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Michael Zaiko Hall, making his move into directing after years in visual effects. Jenya Chaplin stars as a young woman who shows up on her cousin's doorstep in Northern California after a ten year absence. As dark events from the past resurface, someone in the woods follows their every move. Who is she, and who are they? The film also stars Chloe Caro, Nathan Knight, Marc Victor, Sierra Goddard, and Oliver Caspersen. It's a bit hard to make out exactly what's going on in this trailer, but it looks like it has a nice, chilly atmosphere to it at least. Check out the footage below.
"If we get this thing on tape, this could make us famous!" High Octane Pictures has unveiled an official trailer for a low budget horror thriller film titled Rootwood, one of the latest offerings from German indie horror filmmaker Marcel Walz (of Tortura, #funnyFACE, Blood Feast). This premiered last year at a small genre festival, and will be available on VOD in April coming up. Two students who host "The Spooky Hour" podcast together are hired by a Hollywood film producer to shoot a horror documentary about the curse of The Wooden Devil. Soon they will discover it might not just be an "urban legend" after all. The horror film co-stars scream queens Elissa Dowling and Felissa Rose, along with Tyler Gallant, Sarah French, Tiffani Fest, and Brandon Rhea. Big time reveal shot at the end of this trailer, but I guess that's the only way they can sell it and convince people to watch this. Maybe. Dare enter the forests of Rootwood this April.
"Listen to mommy!" IFC Midnight has debuted an official trailer for a frightening indie horror thriller titled The Wretched, which is arriving on VOD at the start of May in just a few more weeks. This premiered at Fantasia and FrightFest last year, and played at a bunch of other fests including Monsterfest Melbourne and Toronto After Dark. Chilling and suspenseful, The Wretched offers a "modern update to the retro young hero’s mission like that of The Goonies," and promises to make all viewers wary of every dark corner they encounter after witnessing its terrifying tale. A defiant teenage boy, struggling with his parent's imminent divorce, faces off with a thousand year-old witch, who is living beneath the skin of and posing as the woman next door. Starring John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Zarah Mahler, Kevin Bigley, and Blane Crockarell. Uhhh this looks seriously scary as hell! This witch ain't messing around. Watch out.
"No one makes it out alive!" JB Films has released a trailer for an indie meta-horror horror film called For Jennifer, which originally premiered back in 2018 and is just now getting a VOD release. This is the latest in the Jennifer series created by Jody Barton and James Cullen Bressack. Jennifer, Stefanie, and Joey are making a movie. But soon the lines between what is a movie and what is real begin to disappear. And when making a horror movie, that can be a difference between life and death. Ooooooohhhhh so scary. The meta-horror aspect is because it's about a horror blogger who tries to make a horror movie who realizes there are other horror movies just like it and figures out she is also in a horror movie. Whew. The film stars Tiffani Fest, Felissa Rose, Dominique Swain, Lanett Tachel, Rich Finley, and Nick Kekeris. This is super duper, extra low budget - just seems like a bunch of friends having fun with horror more than anything else.
"There's faces here, Greg. Faces live here… I see them when I close my eyes. They don't like us, Greg." It's always nice to move into a new home. Isn't it? Unless that new place is haunted. Place is a new short film from writer / director Jason Gudasz, and after premiering at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, it's now available to watch in full online. A young woman moves into a new house with her boyfriend and daughter. However, the spirits within the house plan to make their lives a living hell. Place stars Emily Green, Nick Hurley, and Stella Edwards. It's not really that scary, more unsettling, but it is still worth a watch. There's some clever filmmaking tricks in this, and slick cinematography. It reminds me a bit of the haunted house horror Girl on the Third Floor, and also Donnie Darko (all the mirror scenes). Watch below.
"Okay Jules – you're scaring me!" Do you feel safe in a vacation rental? Maybe… not anymore! This teaser trailer is for a new horror short film made by filmmaker Megan Freels Johnston (Rebound, The Ice Cream Truck) titled Dear Guest. It just premiered at the Monaco Film Festival (a "non-violent film" festival) and is expected to play at more fests this year, which is why they're releasing a trailer for it now. A couple checks into a vacation rental only to find out that the anonymous host likes to play games on its guests. Described as a "Twilight Zone-esque short film" or "modern day Hitchcock" that was made between feature projects. Starring Ashley Bell & Noureen DeWulf. This teaser is just a brief intro, but makes me want to see more.
"We don't know where this creature is, or what it's doing here!" But we do know it hates humans! Uncork'd Ent. has debuted an official trailer for another new "abominable snowman" violent horror film titled simply Abominable. Not to be confused with last year's animated adventure Abominable, or the 2006 horror film also about the same mythical snow monster, also titled Abominable. This low-budget horror utilizes a man-in-suit monster and super gory practical FX to liven things up. A research team looks to find a rare plant, but stumbles upon clues of a previous expedition, learning that a Yeti creature lurks within the Himalayan mountains and will do anything to protect its terrain. This stars Robert Berlin, Katrina Mattson, Amy Gordon, Brandon Grimes, and John Carlssun. It looks really bad, but maybe kinda fun? Take a look.
"We all, kind of, take care of each other here." Dark Sky Films has unveiled the official trailer for an indie horror film titled 1BR, a reference to "one bedroom" listings for apartments. This premiered at numerous genre festivals last year, including at Fantasia, Beyond Fest, Monsterfest Melbourne, and also the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival. Nicole Brydon Bloom plays Sarah, a young woman trying to escape her painful past who decides to start anew in LA, but her neighbors are not what they seem. Also starring Giles Matthey, Taylor Nichols, Alan Blumenfeld, Celeste Sully, Susan Davis, Clayton Hoff, with Earnestine Phillips. This definitely looks creepy as hell, with some big twists hinted at in this trailer. Tread carefully.