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"They are asking for trouble with that behavior!" Brainstorm Media has released an official trailer for an indie thriller titled The Sinners, formerly known as The Color Rose, marking the feature directorial debut of actress Courtney Paige. This originally premiered at the Mammoth Film Festival last year, and arrives on VOD early next month. The Sinners is a thrilling murder mystery about seven girls from a religious town that start a cult where they embody the seven deadly sins. They realize there's more to their small religious town after they go missing one by one after a prank goes wrong. The indie horror-thriller stars Kaitlyn Bernard, Brenna Coates, Brenna Llewellyn, Aleks Paunovic, Lochlyn Munro, Michael Eklund, and Tahmoh Pinikett. It looks a tad cliche and cheesy, with the religious undertones, but still quite eerie.
"You ruined a very lucrative business." Vertical Ent. has released a slick trailer for a gnarly action thriller titled Burn It All, the latest from filmmaker Brady Hall (June and July, Scrapper, 7 Witches). This hasn't premiered at any festivals, as far as we know, before dropping on VOD this winter. The sudden death of her estranged mother shakes Alex from a suicidal spiral and she returns home only to crash against a criminal underworld and a past full of misogyny, abuse & self-loathing. Burn It All takes on all the ways men assault the minds and bodies of women, shines a critical and non-exploitative light on that ugliness and wraps it all in the thrilling story of one woman who refuses to be crushed by the patriarchy. Elizabeth Cotter stars, with Emily Gateley, Ryan Postell, Elena Flory-Barnes, Greg Michaels. "There's always more men."
"Why aren't you dead?" The Horror Collective has released an official red band trailer for Bloody Hell, described as a "pitch-black horror comedy" from Australian filmmaker Alister Grierson (of Sanctum). This played at the Nightstream Film Festival last year and debuts on VOD this month. Bloody Hell is described as "a fiendishly fun rollercoaster horror film set between Boise, Idaho and Helsinki, Finland which follows our lead character Rex Coen played by Ben O'Toole (Nekrotronic), a man with a mysterious past who flees the country to escape his own personal hell – only to arrive somewhere much, much, much worse." Once he arrives in Finland, he finds himself tied up in some kind of demented family's house. The cast includes Meg Fraser, Caroline Craig, Matthew Sunderland, Travis Jeffery, Jack Finsterer, David Hill, and Caleb Enoka. This looks extra fucked up and freaky - and but I still want to visit Finland. What about you?
"We just call him… the 'slumbering one.'" Epic Pictures Group has released a trailer for a mysterious indie Lovecraftian horror film titled Sacrifice, made by filmmakers Andy Collier & Tor Mian. This film originally premiered at FrightFest in the UK last year. Inspired by the Paul Kane short story titled "Men of The Cloth", Sacrifice follows an American couple visiting a remote Norwegian Island who are drawn into a sinister cult that worship a sea dwelling deity. New Yorker Isaac and his pregnant wife return to a remote Norwegian village of his birth to claim an unexpected inheritance. Here they find themselves caught in a nightmare as an ancient evil awakens to claim a birthright of its own. Starring Barbara Crampton, Dag Sorlie, Erik Iundin, Jack Kristiansen, Johanna Adde Dahl, Ludovic Hughes, Lukas Loughran, and Sophie Stevens. A cult movie mashed up with Cthulhu? Freaky. I really dig Crampton's line delivery in the footage.
"There's only one thing that can explain it - she made a pact with the devil!" RLJE Films has released an official trailer for The Reckoning, a new horror thriller from British filmmaker Neil Marshall (of Dog Soldiers, The Descent, Centurion, Hellboy). This first premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival last year, and it also played in Germany's Fantasy Filmfest, now set for a VOD release starting in February. A young widow accused of being a witch defends herself against the clergy and patriarchy. It's described as a "gory revenge thriller in historical guise", starring Charlotte Kirk (who also co-wrote the script and executive produced) as a woman unjustly accused of being a witch who is placed in the custody of England's most ruthless witch-hunter. The cast also includes Joe Anderson, Steven Waddington, and Sean Pertwee. This trailer has tons of creepy footage, and Marshall definitely knows how to make a good horror film. This is worth a look.
"Ho ho ho! I'm going to unwrap your skull." Have a holly, jolly Christmas! It's the best time of the year… As long as Santa isn't killing you, then there will be plenty of cheer. How about a fun Christmas horror short to warm up these holiday days? Jolly is a new short film by 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 this year's Fear Wish. Jolly, about an animatronic Santa head, also stars Todd Spence with Zak White as the voice of Santa. These guys are damn good at putting together homemade shorts that are slyly entertaining and extremely creepy without much happening, which isn't as easy at it seems. Just don't make Santa angry.
"When you get scared, just ring that and I'll be right there." Dark Sky Films has debuted an official trailer for a "psychological shocker" horror titled Reunion, from filmmaker Jake Mahaffy. This first premiered at the Nightstream Film Festival this fall, and it arrives on VOD in February. A pregnant woman returns to her recently-deceased grandparents' family home to spend time with her estranged mother. What begins as a reunion slowly turns terrifying. The film features Julia Ormond and Emma Draper, with John Bach, Nancy Brunning, and Cohen Holloway. It is built around a "tour-de-force performance of threateningly quiet intensity and features a twisty narrative that will burrow itself into the darkest corners of your mind." Scary. This is a super trippy trailer, with some intensely frightening camera angles and super creepy shots.
"Is there a presence here with us in this house?" Freestyle Digital Media has released an official trailer for Curse of Aurore, a found footage paranormal horror film from filmmaker Mehran C. Torgoley. This meta horror film is about writers working on a script. A thumb drive from the dark web reveals disturbing footage documenting three American filmmakers on a script writing trip to rural Quebec. "My goal was to elevate the found footage genre by making the viewer not just a voyeur, but to feel like they are an active participant in the supernatural events of the film," says Mehran. The cast includes Llana Barron, Lex Wilson, Jordan Kaplan, Agathe Salzmann, Casey Nolan, Roxane Delisle, and Mike D. Smith. Despite the attempt to make this unique, this doesn't look unique at all. Might be fun for ghost horror fans, but that's it.
"I think they know what we're up to… It's like they were playing games with us." Someone is out-tricking the tricksters. 4Digital Media has released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Village in the Woods, made by UK filmmaker Raine McCormack. This already opened in cinemas in the UK last year, and is arriving on VOD in the US in January. Every village, every person, has a secret… none more so than the inhabitants of this isolated, murky village whose fate relies on the luring of two unsuspecting pawns to satisfy their appetite and determine their being. After arriving in town, their paranoia slowly builds to terror as unsettling and grim events unfold. The indie film stars Beth Park, Therese Bradley, Richard Hope, Robert Vernon, Rebecca Johnson, Sidney Kean, Timothy Harker, Katie Alexander-Thom, and Phill Martin. This looks like a very tricky, fun "village in the woods" horror that will mess with your head.
"We don't bother them, and they don't bother us." Saban Films has released an official trailer for an indie backwoods horror thriller titled Wrong Turn, from filmmaker Mike P. Nelson. Not to be confused with an entirely separate horror franchise also known as Wrong Turn - though this is actually the seventh film in that very franchise. The original title is Wrong Turn: The Foundation, but they went with that trend of "let's just use the title of the original film all over again." This time around, friends hiking the Appalachian Trail are confronted by "The Foundation", a community of killers who have lived in the mountains for hundreds of years. Suddenly under siege, Jen & her friends seem headed to the point of no return. Starring Charlotte Vega, Adain Bradley, Bill Sage, Emma Dumont, Dylan McTee, Daisy Head, Tim DeZarn, as well as Matthew Modine. This looks like yet another rehash of so many other backwoods horror films. Oh well.
"All upon the face of the forest should tremble for Sator's eyes are his everything." 1091 Pics has unveiled an official trailer for Sator, a bone-chilling demonic horror thriller from filmmaker Jordan Graham. This premiered at a bunch of horror film festivals last year, including Fantasia, Telluride, and Brooklyn. Secluded in a desolate forest, a broken family is observed by Sator, a supernatural entity who is attempting to claim them. The uniquely spectral horror-thriller Sator teases the line between fact and fiction as it's core story, of a demon making contact with an intimate family, is inspired by the director's own life. "It delves into my family's dark history with mental illness surrounding a supernatural entity, and uses home video footage to create an interwoven piece between documentary and fiction." Freaky. The indie horror film stars Michael Daniel, Rachel Johnson, Aurora Lowe, Gabriel Nicholson, June Peterson, and Wendy Taylor. This is one hell of an unsettling trailer, with very creepy sound FX and more. Tread carefully into the dark…
"There is something very, very wrong here…" IFC Midnight has revealed a teaser trailer (to celebrate the start of Hanukkah today) for the supernatural horror film titled The Vigil, which originally premiered at last year's Toronto Film Festival. Marking the feature directorial debut of writer / director Keith Thomas, the horror film is set in the Orthodox Jewish community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and steeped in Jewish lore and demonology. A Brooklyn man who agrees to be a "shomer", hired to sit in overnight to watch over a deceased member of his former Orthodox Jewish community, finds himself opposite a malevolent entity. Starring Dave Davis as Yakov, with Menashe Lustig, Malky Goldman, Lynn Cohen, Fred Melamed, Ronald Cohen, and Nati Rabinowitz. This looks super creepy! The premise is scary to begin with, but the glimpses of horror we get in this (and that poster!) are very scary. Already nervous about watching this.