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"You… belong… here…" Vertical Ent. has released the official trailer for an indie horror film from Colombia (shot and made in English) titled The Devil's Child, also known as Diavlo. The latest horror feature from filmmaker David Bohorquez. Young nurse Cherry finds herself haunted by lingering childhood trauma when she is employed at a remote estate to care for a clairvoyant and sinister man, who might just have psychic powers. Freaky. The indie horror film stars Marvens Passiano, Maria Camila Perez, Alison Sullivan, and Francisca Tevez. This looks surprisingly unimaginative and especially derivative, at least from this trailer, despite some dark, sinister shots in it. But these kind of horror films are a dime a dozen these days.
"As long as you have him by your side, nothing can ever hurt you." "Not even the demons in the hallway?" Epic Pictures has released an official trailer for an indie horror comedy called Benny Loves You, marking the feature directorial debut of British filmmaker Karl Holt, who also co-stars in the film. This played at last year's FrightFest and Sitges Film Festival, and also stopped by the New York City Horror Film Festival a few years ago. We've seen evil animatronics, and evil dolls, now it's time for an evil plush toy. Jack is desperately trying for a new start in life, but when he throws away his childhood bear Benny, it's a move that can only end in death. Benny doesn't want to be thrown away! So tread carefully… The film stars Karl Holt, Claire Cartwright, George Collie, James Parsons, Lydia Hourihan, and David Wayman. This definitely does look like an instant cult classic, total "riot" of a film. Perhaps it's better than these other dumb horrors.
"If someone dies in a bad way, the energy imprints on the surroundings. If you're sensitive, you can pick up on it…" RLJE Films has released an official trailer for an indie horror film called Seance, marking the feature directorial debut of writer Simon Barrett (of You're Next, The Guest). Camille is the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Soon after her arrival, six girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who haunts their halls. But before morning, one of them is dead. This seems like a much darker, supernatural twist on The Craft, or maybe it's something else. Starring Suki Waterhouse, Madisen Beaty, Ella-Rae Smith, Inanna Sarkis, Seamus Patterson, and Marina Stephenson-Kerr. Hmmm. I was expecting this to look better than it does, it's not so scary.
"They're smarter, they're faster, they're organized…" Netflix has dropped the full-length trailer for Army of the Dead, the bloody new Zack Snyder movie that he co-wrote and directed in 2019 before the pandemic hit. This project has been in development for over a decade, originally as a direct sequel to Zack's Dawn of the Dead (from 2004), and Snyder finally finished it and it's landing on Netflix in May. Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. The full ensemble cast includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, and Michael Cassidy. Zombie tigers! Big guns! Zombie elvis! This looks like so much mad zombie fun. I really dig Snyder's "smart zombies" meets Vegas heist concept. This is going to be a blast!
"We can do this! He's coming back to us…" RLJE Films has released an official trailer for a super freaky new horror thriller titled Anything for Jackson, from filmmaker Justin G. Dyck. This originally premiered at the Fantasia and Nightstream Film Festivals last year, and it's arriving on VOD soon. A bereaved Satanist couple kidnap a pregnant woman so they can use an ancient spellbook to put their dead grandson's spirit into her unborn child but end up summoning more than they bargained for. This looks like a crazy twist on the unusual "we want to bring back our kid" story, involving grandparents and some truly messed up evil, making them regret their resurrection. The film stars Sheila McCarthy, Julian Richings, Konstantina Mantelos, and Yannick Bisson. This looks like it has unsettling scares and crazy twists once it gets going.
"Something is happening… Something is wrong… I'm seeing things…" Blue Fox Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Mad Hatter, set to be released sometime this summer. The film marks the feature directorial debut of a storyboard artist on Scott Derrickson's movies (Sinister, Deliver Us from Evil, Doctor Strange) now making her first feature. Henry, and three of his classmates, encounter mind-bending ghostly terrors when they volunteer for a weekend study with their psychology professor in the haunted 'Mad Hatter' mansion. Supposedly haunted by those who died at a lavish party in the 1880s. I dig the smoldering embers look of all the ghosts, just hope the rest of it lives up to that potential for something really cool. The film stars Armando Gutierrez, Samuel Caleb Walker, Isadora Cruz, Nick Miller, Michael Berryman, and Rachel Brunner. This does look extremely creepy - check it out.
"We start thinking about the things we're missing… and forget about the things we have." Holy hell this looks freaky! IFC Films has released an official trailer for the indie horror The Djinn, finally being released in May this year in both theaters + on VOD at the same time. A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart's greatest desire. That is a simple setup, but this looks insanely creepy overall. This stars Ezra Dewey as Dylan, along with Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe, Donald Pitts, and John Erickson. The apartment cinematography in this (by DP Julián Estrada) is what makes it effectively scary. This really seems like it could end up a sleeper hit just because it's so disturbing.
"This summer, our darkest fears will come to light…" Surprise! Blumhouse has dropped an official trailer for a secret horror project called El Chupacabras, from Mexican filmmaker Issa López. Ever since she earned international acclaim with her film Tigers Are Not Afraid, many horror masters have been working with her to develop new projects - including Guillermo del Toro and Jason Blum of Blumhouse. Now she's bringing us a brand new take on the Mexican myth of the chupacabra titled El Chupacabras. Hidden for years, and no longer a myth, El Chupacabras exists. Can you outrun it? View this first look trailer at her new project below. And don't forget to watch the trailer until the very end - there's another surprise hidden here!
"I thought the Jigsaw killer was dead?" "He is…" Lionsgate has debuted a second official trailer for horror sequel Spiral. The full title is Spiral: From the Book of Saw, though they seem to be switching between just Spiral and the full title. This was delayed from release last May, and has now been reset for release this May, opening exclusively in theaters because that's how they want everyone to experience this. Directed by Darren Bousman (of Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Repo! The Genetic Opera), the idea for this return to the Saw universe comes directly from Chris Rock - credited for the story. Rock also stars in it, along with Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson. Instead of gore horror, this next Saw movie has more of a Se7en vibe, about a detective investigating grisly murders who ends up trapped in "the center of the killer's morbid game." This a whole different trailer than the trailer last year, but it still looks insanely scary and extremely intense. Lots of mysteries in here, tons of spirals, and plenty of deadly traps of course.
"I didn't think we had secrets…" "Everybody has secrets." Searchlight Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for The Night House, a creepy new horror thriller from filmmaker David Bruckner (The Signal, The Ritual). This originally premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival. A widow attempts to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets in their lakeside home. But there's much more going on in here with duality and a mirror universe where things aren't quite the same. What does it all mean? What's going on? Very creepy and mysterious, yet alluring. Starring Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis Hall, Evan Jonigkeit, and Stacy Martin. Searchlight will debut the film in theaters in July, and I like the mirrored version of their logo. This looks creepy, I can see why they waited to show this in theaters.
"It's not a legend." Vertical Ent. has released the first official trailer for a horror film titled The Resort, the second feature from filmmaker Taylor Chien (after Cornered previously). This hasn't played at any fests but will be out to watch at the end of April this spring. For her birthday, Lex's three closest friends decide to take her on a surprise trip to a supposedly haunted island resort. When the four friends arrive in Hawaii to investigate the reports of a haunting at an abandoned resort in hopes of finding the infamous "Half-Faced Girl" haunting the grounds, they soon learn you should be careful what you wish for… This stars Bianca Haase, Brock O'Hurn, Michael Vlamis, and Michelle Randolph. It looks like they shot this at actual abandoned resort for real, which makes it another meta level of freaky on top of everything else going down.
"Daddy - where do you think mommy is now?" Briarcliff Entertainment has released an official trailer for a creepy new puppet clown horror titled Separation, from director William Brent Bell of the two The Boy and Brahms: The Boy II films previously. Get ready for more spring horror. The film is about an eight-year-old girl, played by Violet McGraw, who is lonely living among the feuds between her mother and father. When her mother is killed in an accident, things start to take a dark turn in their Brooklyn townhome. Her own puppets and other characters start to come to life. "When the motives of the ghoulish creatures become clear, the lives of everyone are put very much in jeopardy." The cast includes Mamie Gummer, Rupert Friend, Brian Cox, Troy James, Simon Quarterman, and Madeline Brewer. This already does look quite scary from this footage. And finally a good upgrade from all the junk horror dreck over the past year.