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"I'm terrified of death… but I'm even more terrified of being alone." Ha. Dark Star Pictures has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Climate of the Hunter, from filmmaker Mickey Reece. It's described as a "critically acclaimed indie auteur Mickey Reece’s award-winning and super stylish vampire feature" and a "gloriously quirky cinematic feat" in reviews. This premiered at Fantastic Fest last year, and it played at a few other genre festivals this year. Two sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire. Reconnecting after nearly 20 years apart, the two sisters soon discover the truth about their friend Wesley – he could be a vampire. Of course he is! Who are we kidding!? Climate of the Hunter stars Ginger Gilmartin, Mary Buss, Ben Hall, and Jacob Ryan Snovel. This looks like a clever indie twist on the usual "is he a vampire?" story, but it also looks a bit too artsy, a bit too pretentious to be good.
"If they catch you - pray. If you escape - never look back." Blue Fox Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie horror film from Canada called Butchers, made by filmmaker Adrian Langley. This premiered at FrightFest and the Telluride Horror Show this year, and it is set to open on VOD starting in January next month. A family of sadistic butchers has dug into the backcountry and, from the deep freeze of winter to the dog days of summer, anyone who crosses their path is dead meat. The full cast includes Simon Phillips, Michael Swatton, Julie Mainville, Anne-Carolyne Binette, James Hicks, and Frederik Storm. This seems to be a bit of an homage to the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre, about a family of deranged maniacs living out in the middle of nowhere who just love to murder. Tread carefully, horror fans.
"I still have to find who did it…" Cleopatra Ent. has released an official trailer for the indie horror film The Hex, marking the feature directorial debut of South African actress Reine Swart. The film follows a grieving British girl Dilanne who unravels her murdered mother's secrets connected to a South African witch doctor's curse. She wants to put an end to this haunting hex by traveling to South Africa – but instead gets cast into even deeper sinister depths. This looks like some B-movie psychological horror, with all the usual creepiness and jump scares. Starring Coco Lloyd as Dilanne, Mary-Anne Barlow, Mari Molefe Van Heerden, Christopher Jaftha, and Hungani Ndlovu. Worth a quick look, but not sure it's worth watching in full.
"There's something about that human desire to want to tell scary stories to each other." Severin Films has released a new official trailer for a horror documentary titled Tales of the Uncanny with the subtitle: The Ultimate Survey of Anthology Horror. The doc film is a collection of interviews and conversations with over 60 horror writers, directors and scholars discussing their love of and fear of the many horror anthology collections. Essentially a cinema studies film about how unique and scary "short-form horror" is, especially when they package multiple strange stories into one spooky presentation. Anthology films have been a part of cinema history for a long time, and this doc looks back at everything having to do with horror. Described as "a candid discussion of the very best portmanteaus in fright film/TV history." Sounds scary! It looks like a great double feature companion to any/every horror anthology film ever made. Check out the trailer below.
"Didn't you ever hear those old stories?" Who hasn't? Kamikaze Dogfight has released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled Backwoods, from filmmaker Thomas Smith. This sounds like old school escape-from-the-deranged-killer-in-theforest horror. High school cheerleader Molly woke bound and gagged in the trunk of her boyfriend's car. That was the high point of her night. After escaping her abductor and fleeing into the nearby forest, she comes face-to-face with the town urban legend: The Hangman, a deformed zealot said to hang male trespassers and keep the women as "brides". The film stars Isabella Alberti, Jeremy Sande, Tahj Vaughans, Micahel Anthony Bagozzi, Erin Liley, and Scott Alan Warner. This looks like a wannabe-slasher film, but I don't think this man-in-suit bad guy is going to become a new horror icon.
"It makes you safe… Isn't that what you want?" Gravitas has released an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Bad Impulse, the latest film directed by actress / acting coach / director / producer Michelle Danner. In the aftermath of a traumatic event, a suburban husband & father decides to buy a cutting edge home security system from a mysterious man, only to find that it slowly destroys that which he most wants to protect. Sounds a bit like The Box, but with a home security system instead of a box. Bad Impulse stars Grant Bowler, Paul Sorvino, Sonya Walger, James Landry-Hebert, Abbi Ford, Stephanie Cayo, Dan Lauria, and Rebecca Black. This looks a bit too weird and a bit too creepy, but not really any good.
"Take me with you…" Dark Sky Films has released an official US trailer for the Korean horror thriller The Closet, directed by Kwang-bin Kim. This already opened in South Korea in February this year, and arrives in the US to watch this fall. After Sang-Won's daughter Yi-Na goes missing in their new home, a mysterious man approaches him and tells him to look for her in the closet. The film is about a man who grows apart from his daughter following the death of his wife, and a mysterious exorcist who helps the man find his missing daughter. The supernatural film stars Jung-woo Ha, Yool Heo, Nam-gil Kim, and Si-ah Kim. The looks like it's borrowing some horror concepts from Poltergeist and Insidious and working them into a story of a grieving father. However, I don't know why this trailer is dubbed in English - very strange choice.
"Whatever's hiding in the walls – I think it lives here." RLJE Films has revealed the official trailer for an indie horror remake called Castle Freak, a brand new update of the original 1995 cult classic horror also titled Castle Freak directed by Stuart Gordon. The film is a "reimagining" of the original, starring Barbara Crampton (who is producing this new one). An Albanian castle with bloodthirsty creatures is inherited by a young woman. She must unravel her family's mysterious history before she too falls prey to the Castle Freak. This new Castle Freak stars Clair Catherine, Jake Horowitz, Chris Galust, Kika Magalhaes, Emily Sweet, Elisha Pratt, and Omar Shariff Brunson Jr. This looks uber creepy and extra gory, it also looks incredibly cliche and derivative, offering nothing but the same old horror tropes. Stay away from this castle.
"Everyone on board the Mary Celeste got pulled into one of those rifts. All of the data points to a shift tonight… We are in the rift." Vertical Ent. has released an official trailer for the indie horror thriller titled Haunting of the Mary Celeste, inspired by true story of the Mary Celeste mystery. No one still knows what happened to the crew. In the horror film, Emily Swallow stars as Rachel, a concerned researcher whose team who has set out to sea to prove that the disappearance of a family and crew from a merchant ship was for reasons having to do with the supernatural. Her theory that those on the Mary Celeste vanished into a "rift" between dimensions proves true as the boat breaks down and her crew begins to vanish one by one. Scary. Also starring Richard Roundtree, Alice Hunter, Dominic Devore, Pierre Adeli, and Ava Acres. This looks creepy, but it looks like they didn't have enough of a budget for a genuinely scary feeling.
Body swap movies have been with us for as long as we can remember. In the original Freaky Friday from 1977, Jodie Foster's character switches places with her mom, played by Barbara Harris. In 18 Again!, it's a grandfather and his grandson. The switch always differs. It can be because of a car accident, magical potion, or a wish cast during the full moon. It can also be a demonic ritual involving a mystical blade – that's what happens in Freaky where a teenage girl switches bodies with a serial killer. This horror comedy, directed by Christopher Landon (of both Happy Death Days), written by Michael Kennedy (Fox's "Bordertown") and Landon, is a bloody feast for every slasher fan, packed with inventive deaths and campy characters.
"Aren't you hungry?" "I don't touch women. I am a gentleman." Now what do we have here?! Uncork'd Ent. has released a brand new, extra gory red band trailer for an Icelandic vampire dark comedy thriller titled Thirst. Have a taste. Not to be confused with any of the other hundreds of vampire films also called Thirst. Drug addict Hulda is arrested and accused of murdering her brother. After she is let go due to insufficient evidence, she meets Hjörtur, a thousand-year-old badass gay vampire. Together they fight a cult while being investigated by a rogue detective. Sounds awesome? Just wait until you see the actual footage. The film stars Hjörtur Sævar Steinason, Hulda Lind Kristinsdóttir, Jens Jensson, Ester Sveinbjarnardóttir, and Birgitta Sigursteinsdóttir. This is super violent and extremely bloody (definitely NSFW) and that's part of the magic. At least the vampire guy looks badass! Horror and/or vampire fans - don't miss this one.
"Let's blast this thing!!" Our friends at Bloody Disgusting have revealed a gory teaser trailer for an extreme gross-out horror comedy called Cyst, which premiered at both FrightFest and Fantastic Fest this year. This is one of these super disgusting, gory-as-f&!k, body horror creations that may make you puke. In the 1960s, a nurse's last day is ruined when a crazy doctor inadvertently creates a cyst monster that terrorizes the office. Everybody scream! The cyst is loose! The cult horror stars Greg Sestero, Eva Habermann, Jason Douglas, Gene Jones, George Hardy, Darren Ewing, Francesca Santoro, Keturah Branch, and Kyle Roberts as the Cyst Monster. Hell yes - man in suit! My goodness this looks so revolting. But it might be ridiculous fun? Or not? Only one way to find out ha! Dive right in. But please make sure you wear a mask.