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"What can wash away my sin?" Gravitas has released the official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Nothing But the Blood, a creepy name for a "controversial church" horror. This hasn't hit any festivals, but it will be hitting VOD next month. Jessica is a small-town journalist sent to cover the grand opening of a controversial new church. As the ministry digs its roots into the town and its residents, Jessica's life begins to take an unexpected, and violent, turn that will shake her foundations to their very core. "Don't miss this thrilling, dramatic look inside violent religious indoctrination, set against the eerie, idyllic backdrop of rural Texas." Starring Rachel Hudson as Jessica, with Jordan O'Neal, Nick Triola, and Les Best. This looks like a chilling new entry in the church horror subgenre - them small town religious folks are nuts. Very nuts.
"A true story of fear." RLJE Films has released another official US trailer for the Argentinian supernatural horror film Terrified, also known as Aterrados in Spanish. This first premiered at the Morbido Film Fest in Mexico in 2017, then it won Best Horror Film at Fantastic Fest in 2018, and stopped by the Montevideo Fantástico, Brussels Fantastic, Fantaspoa, Neuchâtel, Fantasia, FrightFest, and Sitges Film Festival on a global world tour. When strange events occur in a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, a doctor specializing in the paranormal, her colleague, and an ex police officer decide to investigate further. Starring Maxi Ghione, Norberto Gonzalo, Elvira Onetto, George Lewis, and Julieta Vallina. This isn't the best trailer, a bit too dark and doesn't have that much scary footage, but with all the buzz it still seems like it's worth a watch.
"I'm on the dark side." RLJE Films has debuted another trailer for the imminent US release of Prevenge, the pregnancy black comedy from filmmaker Alice Lowe. This horror film originally premiered in 2016 at the Venice Film Festival, played on the festival circuit for a year, opened in the UK in 2017, streaming on Shudder in 2018, and is finally getting a full DVD/VOD release in the US in 2020. Whew. (The filmmakers already have another film in the works - Timestalker.) Described as a "pitch black, wryly British comedy", the film follows Ruth, played by Lowe, a woman seven months pregnant who listens to what her baby tells her and takes out anyone who stands in her way. Also stars Kate Dickie, Gemma Whelan, Jo Hartley, Kayvan Novak and Eileen Davies. Before the film was released, Lowe gave birth to a baby girl, Della, who was able to portray Ruth’s newborn in the film, at 10 days old. This has received rave reviews over the years, and if you still haven't seen it, well there's no excuse now. It will be available everywhere this August.
"Whatever happens, stay calm." Vertical Ent. has unveiled a trailer for the indie horror thriller titled The Unfamiliar, the latest from South African-born, Britain-based filmmaker Henk Pretorius. This is heading straight-to-VOD next month for anyone curious. Jemima West stars as a British Army doctor who returns home from a war, thinking that she has PTSD only to discover that there is a more daunting malevolence at work making the life that she knew unfamiliar. A demon, perhaps? The cast includes Christopher Dane, Rebecca Hanssen, Harry McMillan-Hunt, Rachel Lin, and Tori Butler-Hart. Oh this looks creepy as hell! All those subtle spooky things in the background. Seems like an homage to Insidious in a good way.
"I'm not crazy, you know." 4Digital Media has released an official US trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Open 24 Hours, the latest from filmmaker Padraig Reynolds (Rites of Spring, The Devil's Dolls). This originally premiered in 2018 at FrightFest and Fantastic Fest, and it also played at Screamfest, Sitges, and the Telluride Horror Show. Starring Vanessa Grasse as Mary - who suffers from severe paranoia and hallucinations. After setting her serial killer boyfriend on fire, a woman gets a job at an all-night gas station. However, left alone to her own devices, her paranoia and hallucinations return with furious consequences. Customers and friends suddenly start turning up dead and mutilated all around her. Also stars Brendan Fletcher, Cole Vigue, Emily Tennant, and Daniel O’Meara. Why do so many trailers show so much? But I suppose not that many are going to watch this one anyway, might as well entice them with something.
"Every 50 years something terrible happens here." Gravitas Ventures has released an official trailer for an indie horror titled A Deadly Legend, marking the feature debut of director Pamela Moriarty. A real estate developer buys an old summer camp to build new homes. However, the property has a dark history that ties to a legend of supernatural worship and human sacrifice, and evil spirits are unleashed. If it doesn't sound that exciting, this trailer doesn't make it look any better, it actually makes it look worse. The indie horror film stars Kristen Anne Ferraro as Joan, with Corbin Bernsen, Judd Hirsch, Lori Petty, Steven Hauck, Summer Crockett Moore, and Jeffrey Doornbos. This just looks like a bunch of horror ideas thrown into a big witch's brew pot without any semblance of style or storytelling. They can't all be winners.
"Not the ghost story you're expecting…" Shudder has unveiled an official US trailer for a Guatemalan horror film titled La Llorona, from talented filmmaker Jayro Bustamante. This first premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year, and also played at TIFF, San Sebastián, Bergen, Zurich, London, Stockholm, Thessaloniki, Tokyo, and the Chicago Film Festival. A tale of horror and magical realism, the film reimagines the iconic Latin American fable as an urgent metaphor of Guatemala's recent history and then tears open the country's unhealed political wounds to grieve a seldom discussed crime against humanity. Not to be confused with the horror movie The Curse of La Llorona from last year. The film stars Maria Mercedes Coroy, Margarita Kenefic, Sabrina de la Hoz, María Telón, and Julio Diaz. This looks damn good! A twist on the usual supernatural horror, connecting politics with a ghost story and adding some serious thrills. A must watch.
"Jumanji meets Natural Born Killers." Cleopatra Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Game of Death, which originally premiered back in 2017 at the SXSW Film Festival. It also stopped by the Fantaspoa, Sydney, Fantasia, and Toronto After Dark Film Festivals that year as well. In the middle of small-town nowhere, seven friends are forced to kill or be killed when they play the Game of Death. When faced with their own mortality, will they turn on each other to survive…? This is similar to that deadly game horror Ready or Not from last year, but I dig the board game twist with a younger group of friends. Starring Sam Earle, Victoria Diamond, Emelia Hellman, Catherine Saindon, Erniel Baez Duenas, Nick Serino, and Thomas Vallieres. This looks intense and horrifying. And it's an extremely bloody, extremely violent trailer without any red band warning on it - so watch out if you can't handle blood.
"You haven't seen what I've seen." Uncork'd Entertainment has released an official trailer for Monstrous, yet another new Bigfoot horror thriller. There have been more and more of these Sasquatch horror films popping up recently - Hoax and Exists (always one word titles!). A young woman goes searching for answers after her friend mysteriously vanishes in Whitehall, NY. Where she discovers something truly sinister hiding in the woods. Why do they keep repeating the "Bigfoot can't be real!? No way!" plot when that's such a been there, done that aspect utilized so many times before. Monstrous stars Anna Shields, Rachel Finninger, Grant Schumacher, Hannah McKechnie, Catharine Daddario, Dylan Grunn, Peter Stray, and Rick Montgomery Jr. Nothing much to see here, move along folks… This one looks especially forgettable.
"Danger - that's exactly what we're after." Lionsgate has released an official trailer for an action horror / survival thriller called Let It Snow, made by Ukrainian filmmaker Stanislav Kapralov. Mia and Max visit a remote European resort for a freeride snowboarding vacation, and decide to take a forbidden route despite warnings from the receptionist. Separated from her fiance after sneaking onto a restricted slope, Mia, a free riding snowboarder, must survive not only against nature, but the masked snowmobile rider in black who's now out for her blood. Starring Ivanna Sakhno, with Alex Hafner and Tinatin Dalakishvili. A solid snowy survival thriller mixing in the ususal survival elements of the cold & snow, along with a murderous man in black. At least the snowboarding scenes look legit and not too fake. Horror fans - don't skip this one.
"There is no way that this low life's getting into Heaven whilst I'm stuck here." Uncork'd Ent. has released an official trailer for an indie horror comedy called Limbo, the latest from indie filmmaker Mark Young. The high concept, low budget film is about a murderer who dies and finds himself on trial in Hell, caught between a bitter prosecutor and an inexperienced defense attorney. The entire setup is based around being in "limbo" with a colorful cast of characters. James Purefoy stars a Lucifer, with Lucian Charles Collier as Balthazar, plus Veronica Cartwright, Rebekah Kennedy, Scottie Thompson, Peter Jacobson, Lauryn Canny, Richard Riehle, and Lew Temple. This look that bad, but doesn't look that good either.
"I can't wait to show you…" Shudder has released an official red band trailer for the indie horror thriller titled Random Acts of Violence, the second feature film directed by Canadian actor-turned-filmmaker Jay Baruchel (his debut was the hockey sequel Goon: Last of the Enforcers from a few years ago). This first premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin last year, and it will be available on Shudder later this summer to watch. This brutal horror is about a comic book creator who starts to notice that a real killer is using his "Slasherman" comic as inspiration for actual murder. Starring Jesse Williams, Jordana Brewster, Jay Baruchel, Niamh Wilson, Simon Northwood, Victoria Snow, Eric Osborne, and Nia Roam. This trailer has some crazy gore at the end, it looks like a slasher film wrapped around a story about pop culture and how you can't control it once it's out in public. It seems to have good reviews, but it's not for everyone.