Frank Grillo's Cult Thriller 'The Resurrection of Charles Manson' Trailer
"Believe me… my children are comin'." XYZ Films has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled The Resurrection of Charles Manson, yet another Charles Manson film to go along with so many others recently. The film stars Frank Grillo as a cult leader, directed by his son Remy Grillo who's making his feature directorial debut. The film follows a young couple hoping to create an audition tape for an up-and-coming Charles Manson film. But when they choose an eclectic desert Airbnb as the perfect backdrop, the dark events of the audition slowly slip into their reality and soon they find themselves intertwined in an occult leader's sinister plot. The cast includes Will Peltz, Sarah Dumont, Jaime King, Sydelle Noel, Katherine Hughes, Alex Fine, Josh Plasse, and Kellen McAlone alongside Grillo. This will be out to watch in a few weeks. Doesn't look like it has anything new to offer, doesn't look so bad either - crazy cults.
Official Trailer for 'Followers' Found Footage Influencer Ghost Horror
"I'm gonna prove that there's a ghost here – a real one." Terror Films has released a new US trailer for an indie horror comedy titled Followers, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Marcus Harben. After premiering at FrightFest in 2021, it's finally getting a VOD release in the US this spring. From the producers of Anna and the Apocalypse and Monsters, and in the tradition of Get Out and ‘"Black Mirror’", Terror Films' Followers combines horror with black comedy to satirize today's influencer generation while bringing a fresh new spin to the found-footage horror genre. What starts as hilariously bad YouTube videos develops into a warning to the world about a shocking new strain of supernatural serial killer. To create an authentic found footage feel, over 70% of Followers was filmed by the actors themselves. This stars Harry Jarvis (seen in Netflix's Knight Before Christmas), Loreece Harrison, Erin Austen, Daniel Cahill, Nina Wadia, Orion Lee, & Tanya Burr. Looks like some low budget rubbish, but I think that's the idea?
Hilarious Trailer for 'The Blackening' Cabin Getaway Horror Comedy
"I think we have to play the game!" Lionsgate has revealed the first official trailer for The Blackening, an original horror comedy landing in theaters in June right in the middle of the summer movie season. This looks like it's going to be hilarious!! This is a fun contemporary riff on the old Black guy dies first trope from horror movies. Seven Black friends who go away for the weekend only to find themselves trapped in a cabin with a killer who has a vendetta. Will their street smarts and knowledge of horror movies help them stay alive? Probably not… This stars Grace Byers, Jermaine Fowler, Melvin Gregg, X Mayo, Dewayne Perkins, Antoinette Robertson, Sinqua Walls, with Jay Pharoah, and Yvonne Orji. It's directed by Tim Story, known for Fantastic Four (2005), Barbershop, and the Ride Along movies. Looks like it might just be the horror hit of the summer. Jokes are on point, the horror looks like scary fun. Give it a look below.
Berlinale 2023: Japanese Thriller '#Manhole' Has Some Gnarly Twists
The stuck-in-one-place subgenre of horror is packed with clever concepts and places to be stuck in (from a coffin to a sailboat). #Manhole is the latest entry in this subgenre and it truly is one of these films where, no matter what it is anyone thinks is going on before watching, no one will ever guess what the actual twist is until it arrives. The film is the latest feature from Japanese genre director Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (also of Hole in the Sky, Green Mind Metal Bats, Freesia: Bullet Over Tears, Magic, Blazing Famiglia, Sketches of Kaitan City, Summer's End, My Man, Mukoku) and it opened in Japan just a few weeks before premiering at the 2023 Berlin Film Festival. The title is officially #Manhole with the hash symbol, which makes sense once the film gets going and the social media subplot kicks in. This quick festival review will be spoiler free, as I'd rather everyone go watch this film without knowing anything more before heading in. It is not a spoiler to say that there are twists, because of course, that's obvious & expected for a horror movie like this.
› Posted on February 25 in Berlinale, Horror, Review | Comments
Full Trailer for 'The Pope's Exorcist' Horror Thriller with Russell Crowe
"The Vatican covered it up… We need to find out why." Sony Pictures has debuted the freaky official trailer for The Pope's Exorcist, the latest from Australian action director Julius Avery. In this exorcism movie - Russell Crowe is The Chief Exorcist of The Vatican. He plays the real-life figure Father Gabriele Amorth, a priest who worked for the Vatican and performed numerous exorcisms during his lifetime. He also wrote two memoirs – An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories – which detailed his experiences battling Satan and demons. The Pope's Exorcist follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy's terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden. The impressive cast also includes Franco Nero as The Pope (get a look at him in this!!), Laurel Marsden, River Hawkins, Pablo Raybould, Daniel Zovatto, Alex Essoe, and Ralph Ineson as the voice of the "Demon". I'm not usually into exorcism films, but this one looks damn good! Scary and thrilling.
› Posted on February 22 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
First Look Featurette for 'The Pope's Exorcist' Starring Russell Crowe
"If evil does not exist, what then is the role of the church?" Sony Pictures has unveiled a first look featurette for a new horror thriller film titled The Pope's Exorcist, the latest from Australian action director Julius Avery. In this exorcism movie - Russell Crowe is The Chief Exorcist of The Vatican. It's an examination of the real-life figure Father Gabriele Amorth, a priest who worked for the Vatican and performed more than 100,000 exorcisms in his lifetime. (He passed away in 2016 at the age of 91.) Amorth wrote two memoirs – An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories – and detailed his experiences battling Satan and demons that had clutched people in their evil. The impressive cast also includes Franco Nero as The Pope (awesome!!), Laurel Marsden, River Hawkins, Pablo Raybould, Daniel Zovatto, Alex Essoe, and Ralph Ineson as the voice of the "Demon". They're trying to build up the buzz for this, so it turns into a big horror hit this spring. This intro is offered as a direct way of telling us – it's actually based on a real person.
› Posted on February 21 in Featurette, Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Official Trailer for Sacrifice Horror Film 'This Land' with Natalie Whittle
"Every four years, a blood offering was made… They traded blood for gold, and death for life." Stay away from these folks! Terror Films has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled This Land, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Richard Greenwood Jr. after tons of other short films before this. It will be debuting on VOD in March if any horror fans are curious about this. A cabin-in-the-woods horror with a few different twists. Two families from opposite ends of the political spectrum turn on each other after a cabin rental mix-up, but must work together to survive after a sinister group emerges with an ancient destructive pact. The indie horror film stars Natalie Whittle, Adam Burch, John J Pistone, Mindy Montavon, Jerod Powers, Taylor Joree Scorse, and Garret Camilleri. This certainly looks like something meant for a VOD debut, that's for sure. Seems best watched with drinks & a group of friends.
Watch: Tech Horror Romance Short 'Cautionary Tale' from J.L. Topkis
"Ever wonder what love does to a memory? How about what a memory does to love?" Check out this new Valentine's Day romance horror short if you're in the mood for something a bit scary. Cautionary Tale is a 15-min short made by up-and-coming filmmaker J.L. Topkis and it is, well, a cautionary tale about being addicted to your phone. Starring Larkin Bell and Carlie Young, with an innovative glitch art editing style by Scott Morris (you have to watch to understand what this means). Text messages from beyond the grave reshape a woman’s life by warning her whenever she’s done something for the last time. This goes hand-in-hand with the trailer that also debuted on the same day for Love Again, about a woman who texts her dead fiance. What an eerie coincidence! This is a pretty trippy short, the editing is a bit jarring at first but it turns into something quite creative, almost like time travel horror. I appreciate the ambition - it's worth a watch.
› Posted on February 14 in Horror, Short Film, To Watch | Comments
Official Trailer for 2023 Update of Horror Film 'Children of the Corn'
"This is our world now!" Those damn kids! RLJE Films has unveiled an official trailer for Children of the Corn, a new update on the horror classic, originally based on the Stephen King story from the 1970s. It was adapted a few times before - there was the original 1984 horror movie Children of the Corn, which had a few sequels; and there was a TV movie version in 2009 for Syfy / Fox. After a few years waiting in release limbo, this 2023 update is set to open in theaters this March. Possessed by a spirit in a dying cornfield, a twelve-year-old girl in Nebraska recruits the other children in her small town to go on a bloody rampage and kill all the adults and anyone else who opposes her. A bright high schooler who won't go along with the plan is the town's only hope of survival. The horror film stars Elena Kampouris, Kate Moyer, Callan Mulvey, and Bruce Spence, along with a bunch of freaky kids. From the director of Equilibrium (remember that one?), this actually looks quite good. An intensely cinematic trailer with some seriously brutal scenes - check it out.
› Posted on February 13 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments
A Killer Duck? BBC's Cruise Ship Horror Comedy Series 'Wreck' Trailer
"The only way of getting to the truth is by investigating for myself." It was the giant yellow duck! Hulu has revealed a new US trailer for the horror comedy series Wreck, from the BBC. This one is already streaming in the UK as of last fall, and it will finally be available in the US for streaming this March. Set aboard The Sacramentum cruise ship, Wreck follows 19-year-old new recruit Jamie as he attempts to infiltrate a crew of 1000 people to find his missing sister who vanished on the previous tour aboard the same vessel. Watch as Jamie, and his new found friends, work together to uncover the sinister truth that runs as wide and deep as the ocean on which they’re trapped. A new horror comedy turned into a series? Why not! Wreck stars Oscar Kennedy as Jamie, Thaddea Graham, Jack Rowan, Harriet Webb, Jodie Tyack, Louis Boyer, Anthony Rickman, Amber Grappy, Diego Andres, Peter Claffey, and Alice Nokes. These are both very short trailers, but it does look like some wacky horror thriller cruise ship mania. Might be a fun watch.
Yoko Okumura's 'Unseen' Official Trailer - Phone Call Survival Thriller
"I can't do it alone, I need you!" Paramount Movies + MGM have debuted an official trailer for an indie dark comedy / survival thriller titled Unseen, not to be confused with Steven Soderbergh's psychological thriller Unsane. This is launching directly on VOD for streaming at home in March. Here's the extra wild pitch for this movie: two women form an unlikely connection when Sam, a gas station clerk, receives a misdialed call from Emily, who is running from her murderous ex-boyfriend in the woods. Having lost her glasses in her escape, Emily must rely on Sam’s eyes using the video call and camera in order to survive and make it home. Unseen stars Midori Francis, Jolene Purdy, Missi Pyle, and Michael Patrick Lane, along with a few others. This is an interesting concept that seems especially fake as a movie. I prefer the radical poster (also seen below) more than the trailer, but that's just me. I guess it's a hint that this is skipping theaters entirely.
› Posted on February 10 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
Official Trailer for Micro Budget Psychological Thriller 'The Burial'
"Did something happen last night?" Oh something definitely did. Terror Films has revealed a trailer for an indie horror / psychological thriller titled The Burial, which marks the feature directorial debut of Michael Escalante - who got his start in the movie business by interning at Roger Corman's New Horizons Pictures. This will be out to watch on VOD starting in early March. After his estranged brother contacts him for help, a man and his girlfriend answer the call, only to find themselves unwittingly dragged into a murderous plot with severe consequences. "My goal with my feature debut, The Burial, was to establish a relatable sense of drama and tension between two estranged brothers even before blood starts being spilled." The film stars Faith Kearns, Vernon Taylor, Aaron Pyle, and Spencer Weitzel. For genre fans only, it's a bit rough.
› Posted on February 9 in Horror, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment
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