Time for a first look at a new horror. An early promo teaser trailer has debuted for an indie horror film titled On the Edge, playing this weekend at the FrightFest Halloween event in the UK for its world premiere. The film is the the sixth feature, and third original project, from Canadian filmmakers / twins Jen & Sylvia Soska (American Mary, Rabid), known as the Soska Sisters. It's also technically their first psychological erotic thriller. On the Edge stars Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska, who also wrote, directed, and produced this. The film also stars Aramis Sartorio, Ola Dada, Andrea Jin, Brianna, and Alanna Finn-Morris, Ivan Decker, Mackenzie Gray, Sophie Buddle. Family man Peter gets more than he paid for when he books a 36-hour session with the sadistic "Mistress Satana" who seems more intent on making him suffer for his sins. Sounds freaky, for sure. And kinky. But is that all there is to the film? Definitely won't be for everyone.
Netflix has unveiled the first look teaser trailer for a new series arriving in January 2023 titled Lockwood & Co., made by the acclaimed UK filmmaker Joe Cornish (director of Attack the Block and The Kid Who Would Be King). This is based on a book series that involves a ghost-hunters group called Lockwood & Co. - a small agency in London that runs independent of any adult supervision. A tiny startup, run by two teenage boys and a newly arrived, supremely psychically gifted girl, a renegade trio destined to unravel a mystery that will change the course of history. This is only the first of many books in this series, so if this does well expect to see more of these ghost hunters. This stars Ruby Stokes as Lucy Carlyle, Cameron Chapman as Anthony Lockwood, Ali Hadji-Heshmati as George Karim, plus Ivanno Jeremiah, Jack Bandeira, Morven Christie, Rhianna Dorris, and Paddy Holland. This pretty much seems like Ghostbusters + Harry Potter. The teaser is only a 90 sec clip but the ghost looks freaky. What's up with his magical sword?
"There are breaches in the walls of Hell, and one of them lies beneath this house." Vertical Entertainment has debuted an official trailer for an indie horror flick titled A Savannah Haunting, made by filmmaker / actor William Mark McCullough exploring events that happened to his family. (Supposedly.) This premiered at the 2021 Seattle Film Festival and also played at Atlanta Horror Film Festival. A Savannah Haunting centers around a family who moves to Savannah, GA to escape the memory of their young daughter's tragic drowning. Once in their new home, the mother begins to experience chilling phenomena that lead her to believe she is being haunted by her dead daughter. But an old woman with ties to the home's slavery past warns there may be darker, more sinister forces dwelling beneath the house… Well that's ominous!! Will they discover what evil force is inside their home before it's too late? Starring Gena Shaw, Tommi Rose, and Anna Harriette Pittman. I like the Poltergeist house-is-buried-on-evil concept, doesn't look so bad.
"Why, why we all had to die… no one really cares." Why did they all have to die?! Whyyyyyy?? This wacky fun horror short is made by Swedish filmmaker Gustav Egerstedt and is now available online to watch - just in time for Halloween. Live Forever is a 3-minute musical tribute to horror film victims. It's poking fun at all the random people who get killed in horror movies for no good reason. Poor people, they didn't deserve to die. Live Forever is "a musical love letter and tribute to the poor victims in horror films that didn't make it to the sequel." In an anthemic song the dead unite across genres and time. Starring Sarah Giercksky, Fille Angele, Lilja Li Gille, Julia Dehnisch, Xindian Yan, Tomio Araki, and Laurence Zaccheus. This already won a bunch of awards at film festivals around the world, originally premiering in 2020. Most of the deaths in this film are specific references to actual horror films. Just makes me want to watch more horror! Enjoy below.
If you know, you know: this is a great festival. Watching movies at the Sitges Film Festival in Spain is one of the most exciting cinema experiences anyone can have. The Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, as it is known officially, is one of the world's premiere genre festivals - meaning they show horror, thrillers, sci-fi, action, and everything else related to these cinema genres. This year Sitges celebrated it 55th edition, bring over 100 films from all over the world to this cozy beach town. I've been attending Sitges since 2017, but after 2019 I had to take a break - due to the pandemic it was impossible to make it down to Spain. After a two year hiatus, I was back!! I love Sitges for so many reasons - it's a very laid back, enjoyable festival; the food in town is amazing; the views are stunning and it's warm even in October; the crowds are like no other; and I have the chance to catch a bunch of rad genre films that I can't usually see at any other festival. I'm glad I came back again this year, catching up with 14 new films at Sitges 2022.
"We can't come on too strong, okay? Soft on the outside…" Momentum Pics has revealed a trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Soft & Quiet, which first premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. Apparently it's such a strong debut that Blumhouse picked it up at the festival to help distribute it, with a release set for this November. The film, which plays out in real time, follows a single afternoon in the life of an elementary school teacher as she organizes a mixer of like-minded women. When the group heads home to "keep the wine flowing", the teacher encounters a woman from her past at the local store, leading to a volatile chain of events. Uh oh. The ensemble cast features Stefanie Estes, Olivia Luccardi, Eleanore Pienta, Dana Millican, & Melissa Paulo, with Jon Beavers, Cissy Ly, Nina E. Jordan, & Rebekah Wiggins. This starts out all nice and lovely, but gets totally crazy at the end. WTF happened?! Super scary.
"I'm done waiting, this ends now!" The entirely free streaming service Tubi has debuted an official trailer for a horror remake titled Terror Train, originally a cult classic from 1980 with Jamie Lee Curtis. It'll be available for streaming on Tubi tomorrow, and it's entirely free to watch (with ads included, of course). The film follows a college student as she boards a "party train" for Halloween, but then ends up fighting for her life when a mysterious assailant begins killing the people one-by-one. The original movie involves a similar premise - three years after a prank goes wrong, the six college students responsible are targeted by a masked killer at a New Year's Eve party aboard a train. The 2022 remake stars Robyn Alomar, Corteon Moore, Romy Weltman, Tori Barban, Matias Garrido, & Kenny Wong. This killer clown in this looks scary, but the rest of it looks like a made-for-TV campy, cheap slasher. Perfect for Halloween!! All aboard, viewers.
"They could be building emotional connections that are too hard to untangle." Time to meet your new best friend! Universal has revealed an official trailer for M3GAN, a freaky fun horror movie arriving in theaters in January this year. From the most prolific minds in horror—James Wan, the filmmaker behind the Saw, Insidious and The Conjuring franchises, and Blumhouse, the producer of the Halloween films, The Black Phone and The Invisible Man—comes a fresh new face in terror. It's pretty much a modern update on Child's Play with Chucky, about a life-size advanced robotic girl doll that has A.I. inside of it. Surprise, surprise, she starts to kill people not long after going home. A robotics engineer at a toy company builds a life-like doll that begins to take on a life of its own. This stars Allison Williams, Violet McGraw, Ronny Chieng, Brian Jordan Alvarez, Jen Van Epps, Lori Dungey, Stephane Garneau-Monten, plus Jenna Davis as the voice of M3GAN. There's plenty of creepy moments! The best part is when M3GAN is dancing.
"A chronicle of omen and doom." That sounds ominous! Cinedigm + Screambox have revealed a first look teaser trailer for some kind of scary indie horror film titled The Outwaters, made by a filmmaker named Robbie Banfitch - who did almost everything on this himself, from sound to FX to editing. It premiered at a few smaller film festivals earlier this year, which is where all the quotes in this trailer are coming from. The synopses provided are all vague: four travelers encounter menacing phenomena while camping in a remote stretch of the Mojave Desert. The trailer is especially vague too, teasing barely anything besides three quick shots, mostly quotes about how crazy and scary and "disturbing" and "divisive" it is. I just wish we could see some more acutal footage. The film stars Banfitch, plus Angela Basolis, Scott Schamell, Michelle May, Leslie Ann Banfitch, Aro Caitlin, and Christine Brown. Check it out and stay tuned for more updates.
"Remember - fresh souls taste best!!" Who's excited for a scary trip back to 1999?! Our friends at Bloody-Disgusting have debuted the full official trailer for V/H/S/99, the latest horror anthology offering from this wild series. The original V/H/S debuted in 2012, with the first sequel V/H/S/2 out right after in 2013, then V/H/S/94 in 2021. After playing at TIFF and Fantastic Fest, it's screening at the 2022 Sitges Film Festival next. Witness a hellish vision of 1999, as social isolation, analog technology and disturbing home videos fuse into a nightmare of found footage savagery. "Before selfies, before cell phones…" This has five new segments to enjoy: "Ozzy's Dungeon" (it must involve Ozzy Osbourne?!), "Shredding", "The Gawkers", "Suicide Bid", "To Hell and Back". A much better trailer than the teaser! Hilarious use of the Backstreet Boys song in this. All five segments look terrifying!! I'm not sure I'll even be able to watch all of these. Fire it up below.
"We will not succumb to hysteria on my watch!" Blue Fox Ent. has revealed the first official trailer for an indie horror thriller film titled Bunker, from filmmaker Adrian Langley. Also known as The Fallen in the UK. This is premiering soon at the 2022 Buffalo Film Festival this month and at a few other regional fests, which is why first trailer is out now, despite an expected 2023 release. Trapped in a bunker during World War I, a group of soldiers are faced with an ungodly presence that slowly turns them against each other. As paranoia and fear grow between them, the men experience the true hell of war. The director states: "WWI genre thrillers are very rare, and so directing Bunker came with both unique challenges and opportunities… I think we’ve made something distinctive and imaginative." This stars Luke Baines, Kayla Radomski, Sean Cullen, Roger Clark, Julian Feder, Eddie Ramos, and Patrick Moltane. It also comes with a poster designed by Christopher Shy of Ronin Studios. It looks legit! Has the feel of a Twilight Zone episode.
"What do you want from me?!" "Everything!!" Shudder has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror comedy titled Blood Relatives, about a vampire on a road trip with his estranged daughter. This marks the feature directorial debut of actor Noah Segan, best known as "Kid Blue", appearing quite often in Rian Johnson films (Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper, Knives Out) and plenty others (Starry Eyes, Deadgirl War Pigs, Get the Girl, The Mind's Eye, Mohawk). A vampire's loner lifestyle is thrown into disarray when a teenager shows up claiming to be his daughter, and she's got the fangs to prove it – on a road trip across America's blacktops, they decide how to sink their teeth into family life. Blood Relatives stars Noah Segan and Victoria Moroles, with Akasha Villalobos, C.L. Simpson, Ammie Masterson, Tracie Thoms, Jon Proudstar, & Josh Ruben. It looks like some low budget, bloody dark comedy, vampire fun. Enjoy.