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"Like this post or he'll eat your blood!!" OMG, click click click!! There's clever two minute short films, and then there's amazingly clever two minute short films. This one is the latter. Double Tap is a clever horror comedy short from Greek filmmaker Eros Vlahos (aka @Eros_V) and it packs a punch in only 2 minutes, 42 seconds of footage. A screen-obsessed teen ignores an Instagram meme chain and unleashes a Dickless Troll. Big mistake. Starring Olive Grey and "The Dickless Troll". Described by Short of the Week: "There are films that demand a theatrical viewing. Films where the director would have nightmares at the thought of a person hunched over their mobile device watching their hard work on a 5.6" screen – this isn't one of them." Ha. So true! This is one of the best takes on social media horror I've ever seen. Click below - or don't?
"Mirror, mirror, open wide…" Vertical Ent. has debuted the first official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Behind You, marking the directorial debut of first-time filmmakers Andrew Mecham and Matthew Whedon. Two young sisters, sent to live with their estranged aunt, find that all the mirrors in her house are covered or hidden. When one of the sisters comes across a creepy mirror in the basement, she unknowingly releases a malicious demon that had haunted her mother and aunt years ago. The horror film stars Addy Miller, Elizabeth Birkner, Philip Brodie, Aimee-Lynn Chadwick, and Jan Broberg as the creepy aunt. This reminds me a bit of the horror films James Wan was making years ago (Dead Silence, Insidious) though it doesn't seem to reinvent the wheel, only offer more of the usual supernatural scares. Check it out.
"How often do you have these dinners?" Historia Films has debuted an official promo trailer for an indie horror film titled The Dinner Party, the latest horror creation from Mississippi native filmmaker / actor Miles Doleac (The Historian, The Hollow, Hallowed Ground). A budding playwright and his wife attend a dinner party hosted by wealthy, cultural elites, who've promised to bankroll his latest play to Broadway, but, in fact, have darker designs in mind for the couple. Sounds a bit too much like The Invitation, mixed with Ready or Not. This stars Bill Sage, Lindsay Anne Williams, Jeremy London, Mike Mayhall, Alli Hart, Ritchie Montgomery, and Doleac. It looks especially bland, but still might entice a few horror fans.
"If a setback occurs, we can intercede. However, the greater the relief the bigger shall be your token." The Collector is a short film by Brazilian filmmaker Marcus Alqueres - formerly from the VFX industry now a filmmaker, who also made the other shorts Flying Man and Crittus we've featured before. This is about a drug dealer who turns to an unusual company for help with a problem. That's about as much of an intro as necessary, the rest you'll discover while watching. There's a touch of supernatural in this that makes all the difference, plus the unsettling atmosphere of the whole short makes it a chilling watch. Starring Stefano Capuzzi Lapietra as Pepe, Nathália Boga as Julie, and Plínio Soares as "Pai". Alqueres is a one-man-show, writing & directed & producing in addition to working as cinematographer and co-editor on the short.
"Do you think you can handle us? All three of us?" Wild Eye Releasing has debuted an official trailer for an indie horror comedy titled Girls Just Wanna Have Blood, which is too obvious of a name to actually be clever. Described as a "bloody and unique new addition to the vampire-pic subsection", the film is the latest from filmmaker Anthony Cantanese. When Jessica is accepted by a trio of fun loving vampires, she finds herself thrust into a lifestyle full of long nights, sex-crazed bikers, and blood suckin' galore. It should not surprise anyone this is headed straight-to-VOD this summer, barely looks like a B-movie. Girls Just Wanna Have Blood stars Amanda Renee, Bettina Skye, David M. Sitbon, Kirk Ponton, and Gigi Gustin. I don't know how these films get made or who they're for, but it exists, and it's available to view soon anyway.
"Ain't nobody immune here but us!" Shudder has released an official red band trailer for a Canadian indie horror film titled Blood Quantum, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. It also stopped by the Busan, Sitges, and Brooklyn Horror Film Festivals. Blood Quantum is the second feature film from director Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls), a Mi'gmaq native making films about and starring First Nation tribes in Canada. The dead are coming back to life near the Mi'gmaq reserve of Red Crow, except for its indigenous inhabitants who are strangely immune to the zombie plague. The local tribal sheriff rallies to fight off hordes of walking white corpses. The film stars Michael Greyeyes, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Forrest Goodluck, Kiowa Gordon, Olivia Scriven, and Brandon Oakes. Beware the hungry undead.
"Going down is a suicide." Netflix has unveiled an official US trailer for the highly acclaimed, instant classic Spanish horror film The Platform, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia. This film won awards at tons of major genre festivals last year, including the Audience Award at TIFF, Best Film & Audience Award at Sitges, and Best Special Effects at the Goya Awards (Spain's Oscars). The conceptual social commentary film is set entirely in a "vertical prison." There is one cell per level. Two people per cell. And only one food platform and two minutes per day to feed them all, going from top to bottom. An endless nightmare trapped in "The Pit." I saw this at Sitges last year and raved about it, saying it's "a thrilling and rousing film that deserves our attention." The Platform stars Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale, Alexandra Masangkay, & Zihara Llana. Debuting on Netflix in a few weeks.
"Looks like the Korean Elevator Game is indeed a big hoax." Global View Ent. has released an official trailer for an indie horror film called Followed, yet another horror film mixing social media mania with ghosts. We've seen way too many of these kind of films recently, and they never turn out any good. To gain more subscribers, a controversial social media influencer named "DropTheMike" stays at a cursed hotel ("one of the most haunted hotels in America") to terrifying results. What a remarkably unoriginal concept that won't scare anyone. Followed stars Matthew Solomon, John Savage, Sam Valentine, Tim Drier, Caitlin Grace, Kelsey Griswold, and Christopher Ross Martin. Why do all of these found footage horror films look the same, with all the usual cliche, cheesy moments and jump scares and boring ghost surprises. Ugh.
"The world has to find out about this." Lionsgate has released a second official trailer for the horror-thriller Antebellum, starring singer / actress Janelle Monáe. The first teaser trailer was very short, and so is this main official trailer - still less than 60 seconds. What exactly is this?! And the synopsis only states an author "finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality & must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late." From music video / advertising biz directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz, now making their feature debut. The full cast also includes Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Marque Richardson. They definitely have my attention with these trailers, I just hope this turns out as great as they're promising. Check it out.
"You don't have to be scared of mommy." In a near future New York City, Black Vampires walk amongst us. Suicide by Sunlight is an impressive short film made by up-and-coming filmmaker Nikyatu Jusu, and it originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival last year. It's finally online to watch in full - all 17 minutes of it and it's worth just a bit of your time to view. Valentina, a day-walking Black vampire protected from the sun by her melanin, finds it difficult to suppress her bloodlust when a new woman is introduced to her estranged twin daughters. This stars Natalie Paul as Valentina, with a cast including Teren Carter, Motell Gyn Foster, Ellie Foumbi, and Souleymane Sy Savane. The filmmaker has been earning tons of buzz for years for her shorts, and this yet again proves that she has a knack for fresh, vibrant storytelling.
Actor and screenwriter Leigh Whannell and director James Wan changed the horror landscape when their low-budget sleeper hit Saw became a cultural phenomenon in 2004. After the massive success of their feature debut, the Australian filmmaking duo continued to collaborate on a series of horror films, including Dead Silence (2007), Insidious (2010), and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013). In 2015, while Wan was behind the wheel of Furious 7, Whannell made his directorial debut with Insidious: Chapter 3, which he also wrote. His next feature, the kinetic cyberpunk sci-fi actioner Upgrade, ended up as my favorite movie of 2018. Now, the talented writer / filmmaker tackles his biggest project yet with a modern retelling of The Invisible Man, inspired originally by H.G. Wells' 1897 novel and James Whale's classic 1933 film of the same name.
"She only knows what the demon allows her to see!" Kaleidoscope Entertainment + Lionsgate have released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Dawn, which is headed straight-to-DVD this month for anyone who likes watching this kind of supernatural horror. Following the murder of her family at the hands of her father in the wake of World War I, a young woman is sent to live in a convent up in the North East. However, the demons that plagued her father follow her, reawakening the nightmares of her past. Starring Devanny Pinn (also seen in Lilith, Crossbreed, Hollow Point) as Rose, with a cast including Stacey Dash, Ryan Kiser, David Goryl, Heather Wynters, Teilor Grubbs, Jonathan Bennett, Julie Rose, and Andrew E. Wheeler. It mostly seems like yet another cliche religious horror story, but damn this trailer has some extra creepy imagery - that long black hand, all the screaming, freaky nuns galore, and a bit more.