"Do you feel the presence with us now?" "Since the other night, it's never left." Goldwyn Films has revealed an official US trailer for an indie horror film called The Last Rite, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Leroy Kincaide. This recently premiered at FrightFest in the UK, and opens in the US starting November later this fall. A medical student suffering from sleep paralysis finds herself plagued by a demonic entity, after moving in with her boyfriend. She is left with no alternative but to contact a local priest to try and get rid of the demon. Bethan Waller stars as Lucy, joined by Hella Stichlmair, Joe James, Tara Hoyos-Martinez, Johnny Fleming, Deborah Blake, and David Kerr. This looks like a mashup of all kinds of horror concepts - The Tall Man, exorcism, paralysis, possession, and a few other scares. Sleep well.
"This has happened before." Paramount Pictures has unveiled a freaky full-length official trailer for the next Paranormal Activity film in the horror franchise, this one titled Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin. Technically this is the 7th PA film, though it is apparently not a sequel or prequel, more of a "reboot" of the series. The trailer even has text saying "The Activity is Reborn." This next film takes place in some strange Amish-like community that's seemingly haunted by supernatural forces, because they worship Satan. So it seems? From the excellent director of The Signal and Underwater, with a script written by the director of the two Happy Death Day movies as well as Freaky previously. Next of Kin stars Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert, and Henry Ayres-Brown. Okayyy this looks incredibly scary. This is the kind of reboot this franchise needs! That final shot is OMFG hell no. Stay away! Don't find out what's down there…
"There she is…" Paramount + EPIX have revealed a new official US trailer for The Deep House, one of two new films from French horror filmmakers Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury arriving this year - along with Kandisha. The Deep House premiered earlier this year at the Fantasia Film Festival - we posted the teaser trailer back then. A young couple goes to France to explore an underwater house and share their findings on YouTube as part of their passion for "urbex" - the exploration of hard-to-find, abandoned urban edifices and buildings. However, they end up with a change of plans when they enter the interior of a strange house located at the bottom of a secluded lake and their presence awakens a spirit dark that haunts the house… Starring Camille Rowe and James Jagger, with Eric Savin. This horror film was shot almost entirely underwater, in a submerged tank, with underwater DP Jacques Ballard. Ohh this looks mega insanely scary.
"You can not predict what's going to be a hit." Shudder has unveiled an official trailer for a new docu-series called Behind the Monsters, which we're featuring because it's all about famous movie monsters! Now that it's October, the month of horror, Shudder is dropping all kinds of new films & series on their streaming service all month long. Each episode will focus on a single horror character, featuring interviews with the writers, directors, designers, and actors that made them famous. The first season of six episodes will focus on these famous horror icons: Freddy Krueger from the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series, Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th film series, Michael Myers from the Halloween film series, Chucky from the Child's Play film series, Candyman from the Candyman films, and Pinhead from the Hellraiser film series. Behind the Monsters will premiere just in time for Halloween at the end of this month. Each episode features interviews with all the original creators, writers & directors, along with other film critics, historians, and experts who talk about each one of these icons. Which of these six is your favorite monster?
"It's just how we do things on the Bayou…" Paramount + EPIX have revealed an official trailer for a thriller titled A House on the Bayou, from filmmaker Alex McAulay. Produced by Blumhouse Television, this is debuting directly on EPIX starting in November. The film follows a troubled couple and their daughter who go on vacation to an isolated house in the Louisiana bayou to reconnect as a family. But when unexpected visitors arrive, the unity starts to unravel. Suspiciously friendly neighbors show up for dinner uninvited, and soon the weekend takes a sinister turn as dark secrets come to light. The film stars Angela Sarafyan, Paul Schneider, Lia McHugh, Jacob Lofland, and Doug Van Liew. It looks like another creepy Americana thriller with plenty of twists and turns as the truth comes out about this family and all the weirdos around.
"The whole town banding together behind Jamie… we are going to get him first!" Universal will be opening Halloween Kills in a few weeks - just in time for Halloween. We recently featured the final official trailer for David Gordon Green's horror sequel bringing back the Strode family to confront their nemesis, Michael Myers. Somehow Michael managed to survive Laurie's trap at the end of the last movie, and makes it out alive. Once they learn he is still not dead, the Strode women join a group of other survivors of Michael's first rampage who decide to take matters into their own hands - forming a vigilante mob that sets out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. Jamie Lee Curtis returns, with Anthony Michael Hall, Judy Greer, Kyle Richards, Robert Longstreet, Andi Matichak, and Nick Castle as "The Shape". This featurette focuses on the town of Haddonfield where Myers is from, and a number of the characters returning from the original 1978 Carpenter film to be back in this one. Another reminder to check this out when it opens soon.
"I work alone!" Animortal Studio has revealed an official UK trailer for a totally gnarly, crazy badass stop-motion action horror film called Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires, written & directed by animator Mike Mort. This originally premiered in 2018 at the Annecy Film Festival (where I first saw it) and at the Sitges Film Festival, but has never been released since then. Which is a shame because this film rocks! A full-on, R-rated, guts & gore, stop-motion 80s throwback. Set in 1986, the film follows a cop named "Chuck Steel", who must fight off forces of evil when a scourge of Trampires – a mutated hybrid of vampire and tramp – start to take over the city. The film's voice cast includes director Mike Mort as Chuck Steel, along with Jennifer Saunders, Paul Whitehouse, Dan Russell, Jonnie Fiori, and Samantha Coughlan. I've been waiting for this to get a release so I can rave about it and tell everyone to watch! It's only opening in the UK initially this fall, but hopefully not long after in the US. Keep an eye out for it! Don't miss this one.
"I saw it and felt something I'd never felt before." The easiest way to introduce this: what if someone made Ghostbusters gritty & real, like how Christopher Nolan made his Batman movies gritty & real? Deadlock is a sci-fi short proof-of-concept created, produced, written & directed by filmmaking team John X. Carey + Aqsa Altaf. In a world where the living have the imprisoned the spirits of the dead in a server facility called "Deadlock" - an officer there is having a day from hell. The film tells a few stories about people involved in running the facility, mainly the crew who round up the ghosts. The short stars Joey Auzenne, Langston Fishburne, Jenna Qureshi, Brandon Scales, and Christopher Newman. This features an impressive amount of world-building and style, one hell of a proof-of-concept for sure. A refreshing take on ghosts, too.
"Whose idea was this, again?" Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled Lantern's Lane, the latest from filmmaker Justin LaReau (of A Demon Within) and producer Lydia Cedrone. Yet another urban legend horror thriller, this one hasn't shown up at any festivals but will be out in November. A recent college graduate and her estranged high school friends return to Lantern's Lane, the location of an evil urban legend and must fight to survive the night. The film stars Brooke Butler, Andy Cohen, Ashley Doris, Lisa Roumain, Skip Howland, Sydney Carvill, Justin LaReau, and Robbie Allen. Doesn't look like this offers anything new that hasn't been seen in hundreds of horror movies before.
"Have you forgotten? Or are you just afraid?" Dekanalog Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for an acclaimed Taiwanese horror film titled Detention, directed by John Hsu. This originally opened in Taiwan back in 2019, and is finally showing in the US after playing at various festivals - including Fantasia, Busan, and the New York Asian Film Festival last year. Set in 1962 in Taiwan, during the time of the White Terror. Martial law is in full force. In a time of extreme repression, all ideas considered to be dissident are banned, and the culprits are tortured or executed. Adapted from a video game, based on true events, this "masterful debut from director & co-writer John Hsu creates at once a shocking historical drama, melancholy coming-of-age tale + nightmarish horror film that recalls the masterworks of Guillermo del Toro, and with enough blood, striking sound design, art direction, and special effects to evoke the best of Silent Hill." The film stars Gingle Wang, Fu Meng-po, Tseng Ching-hua, Cecilia Choi, & Hung Chang Chu. Horror fans have been raving about it for a while and now it's finally getting a theatrical release here. Check it out below.
"Did anyone see us that night?" "No… why do you ask?" Amazon has revealed the full-length official trailer for their update on I Know What You Did Last Summer, directed by filmmaker Craig William Macneill and exec produced by Sara Goodman. Made by Amazon Studios, Atomic Monster, Original Film, and Sony Pictures Television, this is also based on the 1973 novel by Lois Duncan, same as the hit horror film from the 90s that starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and Sarah Michelle Gellar. In this series, set in a town full of secrets, a group of teenagers are stalked by a mysterious killer a year after a fatal accident on their graduation night. The full cast includes Madison Iseman, Brianne Tju, Ezekiel Goodman, Ashley Moore, Sebastian Amoruso, Fiona Rene, Cassie Beck, Brooke Bloom, Sonya Balmores, & Bill Heck. We don't often feature TV trailers, but considering this is connected to the 90s horror film, why not? Will this be any good?
"It has no origin… It has no mission… It just feeds." Lionsgate has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror thriller film titled The Spore, which is arriving direct to DVD & VOD this November after premiering in October. It's currently set to debut at Grimmfest in Manchester next month. Another apocalpytic plague film - but this time it's an evil mutating fungus that "wants to consume us all." The lives of ten strangers intersect through a terrifying chain of events as a mutating fungus begins to spread through a small town wiping out everyone that comes into contact with it. The ensemble horror film stars Jeannie Jefferies, Haley Heslip, Peter Tell, Jackson Ezinga, Jovonnah Nicholson, and Justin Golinsky. It reminds me of Ben Wheatley's In the Earth from earlier this year, also involving some deadly fungus. Tread carefully.