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"First they bite you, and then they turn into you." Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for an indie sci-fi horror titled Assimilate, also known as Replicate, from filmmaker John Murlowski (of Killer Caregiver, Nightmare Best Friend). The film is about three friends making a web series about their small town who discover that their neighbors are being killed and replaced by creatures who are perfect copies of their victims. Sounds creepy - a bit like Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Species, something like that. Starring Joel Courtney, Calum Worthy, Andi Matichak, Katherine McNamara, Cam Gigandet, Mason McNulty, Terry Dale Parks, Vito Viscuso, and Jennifer Pierce Mathus. This looks horrific.
"What are we going to do?" "Fight the damn devil!" Cinelou + Cranked Up Films + Good Deed Ent. present a brand new horror anthology feature containing five horrifying short films made by a handful of excellent filmmakers. Nightmare Cinema has a character called "the Projectionist", played by Mickey Rourke, who "preys upon souls" who go to his abandoned cinema "with his collection of disturbing films." Featuring five different segments: The Thing in the Woods directed by Alejandro Brugués, Mirari directed by Joe Dante, Mashit directed by Ryûhei Kitamura, This Way to Egress directed by David Slade, and Dead (along with The Projectionist framing) directed by Mick Garris. The ensemble cast also includes Annabeth Gish, Elizabeth Reaser, Maurice Bernard, Richard Chamberlain, Sarah Elizabeth Withers, and Zarah Mahler. This looks pretty gnarly and brutal, a must see for any and all horror fans out there. Enjoy.
"It's like I was possessed…" Bloody hell! This looks trippy. A festival teaser trailer has debuted for an indie vampire film titled Bliss, the latest from eccentric indie filmmaker Joe Begos (Almost Human, The Mind's Eye). This is premiering in the Midnight section at the Tribeca Film Festival this month. In need of creative inspiration, a professionally stagnant and hard-partying Los Angeles artist recklessly indulges in a series of drug binges. As the narcotics fly out of control, so does her newfound and inexplicable, yet unquenchable, craving for blood. Dora Madison stars in Bliss as Dezzy, with a small cast including Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield, Jeremy Gardner, Graham Skipper, and George Wendt. This trailer lines right up with a synopsis stating it spirals into a "hallucinatory hellscape of drugs, sex, and murder in the sleazy underbelly of Los Angeles." Yeah, for real. This is a helluva teaser - definitely got my attention. Watch out for the blood.
"Something's wrong with Chucky!" Orion Pictures has released a second trailer for the new horror reboot Child's Play, an updated take on the Chucky horror franchise about the evil doll who kills people. They're keeping the original name from the first series, Child's Play, but updating everything and re-introducing the Chucky doll as a high-tech toy called "Buddi", voiced by Mark Hamill. This is a little too creepy with how it connects to everything in your home. Aubrey Plaza stars, with a cast including Gabriel Bateman. Brian Tyree Henry, David Lewis, Ty Consiglio, Beatrice Kitsos, and Kristin York. The first trailer was damn good, now we finally get a good look at this horror reboot and it's looking scary as hell. Brutal! What an intense trailer. I'm not sure I like the look of the new "Buddi" doll, but I think the rest of it will be freaky.
"This spirit - she is determined, very powerful, rage surrounding her." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Isabelle, which premiered at the Busan Film Festival last year. Isabelle is the latest horror from Canadian filmmaker Rob Heydon, and is hitting VOD + a few theaters in late May. After moving into the perfect New England neighborhood, an all-American couple's dream of starting a family is shattered when they encounter an evil spirit that wants nothing more than to take their lives. Amanda Crew stars with Adam Brody, and a full cast including Zoë Belkin, Sheila McCarthy, Booth Savage, Michael Miranda, Dayo Ade, David Tompa, Zoe Doyle, and Shanice Banton. This looks like your standard paranormal horror with the usual terrifying scenes and a freaky red-eyed ghost girl.
"Well, you know what happens now?" Netflix has debuted an official trailer for an acclaimed indie horror thriller titled The Perfection, from director Richard Shepard (The Matador, The Hunting Party, and Dom Hemingway). This premiered at Fantastic Fest last year to rave reviews, hailing it as one of the most unique and original horror projects to play at the festival that year. Described as a shocking "cellist feud" film, it's about two rival prodigy musicians who get into some big trouble when they go at each other in sinister ways. Allison Williams stars with Logan Browning, and a cast including Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman, Glynis Davies, and Winnie Hung. This is one of those films that is best seen without having watched any footage before, but if you need to be convinced the trailer shows just enough to get your undivided attention.
"There is something evil locked behind that door!" IFC Midnight has debuted an official trailer for the indie horror thriller I Trapped the Devil, an intriguing horror mystery set during the Holidays. Here's what it's about: a man descends into paranoia after trapping what he believes to be the devil in his basement, but things take a dark turn when his family (his estranged brother) unexpectedly arrive for the holidays. Is it really Satan? What is truly going on here? "Either way, the stage is set for a true Christmas from hell." This crafty horror stars AJ Bowen, Jocelin Donahue, Scott Poythress, Susan Burke, Chris Sullivan, Rowan Russell, and Josh Marrott. This looks cool. Brad Miska of Bloody Disgusting makes a Twilight Zone reference in the quote (on the poster), which makes me even more intrigued. I need to check this out.
"If you cheat death, there's a price to be paid." Paramount has released a third & final trailer for their new take on Stephen King's Pet Sematary, opening in theaters everywhere this week. This new adaptation sticks close to the story in King's book, about a family that moves to a rural home where they discover a "Pet Sematary" nearby. After the family cat is killed, they bury it in the Pet Sematary and then weird things start to happen, leading to another tragedy. We all know what happens, it's the creepiness that pervades. Jason Clarke & Amy Seimetz star, along with John Lithgow, Alyssa Brooke Levine, Hugo Lavoie, Obssa Ahmed, and Jeté Laurence. The reviews of this have been great so far (see Chris Evangelista's take), with plenty of praise for the terrifying adaptation of the tragic story of the Creed family. In theaters this weekend.
"Warning! Positively do not open!" Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for horror sequel Annabelle Comes Home, the third movie in the Annabelle spin-off series which originally began in Jame Wan's The Conjuring horror universe. Gary Dauberman, the screenwriter of the Annabelle movies, It, and The Nun, makes his directorial debut on the film, which is produced by Peter Safran (Aquaman), who has produced all the films in the Conjuring, and Conjuring universe creator James Wan. Despite trying to lock her up, this time the creepy doll goes after the Warrens' ten-year-old daughter, Judy, and her friends. The cast includes McKenna Grace (who played the young Carol in Captain Marvel) as Judy, Madison Iseman as her babysitter, Katie Sarife, Emily Brobst, and Steve Coulter, with Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprising their roles as Ed and Lorraine Warren. I really like the use the color changing lamp in this trailer.
"We can't trust anyone now." Netflix has debuted an official trailer for a horror thriller titled The Silence, from filmmaker John R. Leonetti (Annabelle). Although the description for this sounds a lot like A Quiet Place, the novel it's based on was actually written years before that movie was made. The Silence tells the story of a family struggling to survive in a world terrorized by a deadly, primeval species of bat, hunting only with their acute hearing. As the family seeks refuge in a remote haven where they can wait out the invasion, they start to wonder what kind of world will remain when they're ready to emerge. Starring Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Trotter, and Kyle Breitkopf. This looks way more intense and horrifying than A Quiet Place, with a much scarier apocalyptic feel. Those darn crazy bats.
"Something horrible had happened here many years ago. This place is damned." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for a horror film titled The Convent, which first premiered at FrightFest last year. Set in the 17th Century, the story is about a young woman who is saved from execution and sent to a priory to repent her sins but discovers a greater evil lies within. Persephone, played by Hannah Arterton, is plagued with terrifying visions upon arrival and soon realizes that it’s not salvation that awaits her but a battle for her very soul itself. The full cast includes Clare Higgins as the Reverend Mother, plus Michael Ironside, Rosie Day, Ciarán McMenamin, Dilan Gwyn, Grahame Fox, Freddy Carter, and Ryan Oliva. This does look scary as hell, with some freaky visuals in the trailer. Convents are always scary places.
"You don't read the book, the book reads you." CBS Films has revealed the first full teaser trailer for the horror adaptation of the beloved book series Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, produced by Guillermo del Toro. And it looks creepy as hell, with a number of stories from the books coming to life in the freakiest of ways. The film is actually directed by Norwegian filmmaker André Øvredal (Trollhunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe), and it's also produced by and co-written by del Toro. The horror anthology features various frightening stories based on the books, most featuring younger kids. With a cast including Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Austin Zajur, Gabriel Rush, Kathleen Pollard, and Gil Bellows. This new trailer gives us a bit more than all the TV spots, and seems like it might live up to the scariness of the books.