"I'm just glad you decided not to cut me out of your life." Terror Films has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror titled The Andy Baker Tape, a made-during-the-pandemic found footage film. It premiered at a few small festivals last year and debuts on VOD in August. In October of 2020, food blogger Jeff Blake and his half-brother Andy Baker hit the road on a food tour that had the potential to change their lives. They were never seen again. This is their footage… The filmmakers explain a bit more behind this: "The Andy Baker Tape was written, shot, and edited in a 6-month period during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Created by a displaced screen actor, an out-of-work Blue Man, an Australian-based sound engineer, and a first-time female producer; this film is a testament to creation and keeping the artistic spirit alive while the rest of the world was forced into hibernation. Our story is a joyride of laughs, thrills, and suspense. My team and I are delighted to share it with you." Starring Bret Lada & Dustin Fontaine. Are you freaked out yet?
"Be careful: once you know the Devil, the Devil knows you." Lionsgate has finally revealed an official trailer for a horror movie titled Prey for the Devil, which is an update on the original title - The Devil's Light. This was initially set for release in 2020, but has been delayed for years during the pandemic until this fall. It's now opening on October 28th, this year's big Halloween horror offering. In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, the Catholic Church reopens exorcism schools to train priests in the Rite of Exorcism. On this spiritual battlefield, an unlikely warrior rises: a young nun, Sister Ann. She prepares to perform an exorcism and comes face to face with a demonic force with mysterious ties to her past. The Devil wants in. The cast includes Jacqueline Byers as Sister Ann, with Colin Salmon, Christian Navarro, Nicholas Ralph, Ben Cross, & Academy Award-nominee Virginia Madsen. Will it be worth the wait after all this time? Or are they hoping audiences are still desperate for more scary horror in theaters this fall? Watch out.
"John, I want to introduce you to the man who murdered your daughter." Better Noise Music has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror film titled The Retaliators, which will be out to watch in theaters and on VOD starting in September. It first premiered at FrightFest in the UK, and at the Screamfest, last year. Earning mostly positive reviews from the fests, it is a "viscerally entertaining film that makes us wonder how far we will truly go to protect what's ours." An upstanding pastor uncovers a dark, twisted underworld as he searches for answers surrounding his daughter's brutal murder. The film stars Michael Lombardi, Marc Menchaca, and Joseph Gatt, with Jacoby Shaddix, Katie Kelly, Abbey Hafer, Ivan Moody, and Zoltan Bathory. This goes from a simple story about revenge to something totally insane by the end, with a wallop of intense footage in the last few seconds. Damn! Need to take a breather after watching this.
"Guys, it's fine, dolphins are a good sign!" Saban Films has revealed an official trailer for Maneater, yet another new shark horror movie chomping its way onto screens this summer (along with The Reef: Stalked and Shark Bait). This is made by a B-movie director named Justin Lee, also director of this year's The Most Dangerous Game remake, which means this looks almost like an asylum remake of some of the other, much better shark attack movies. After an accident during their vacation getaway to an idyllic island paradise, a group of friends is stalked by a large shark. The cast includes Nicky Whelan, Trace Adkins, with Jeff Fahey and Shane West. The only good part about this trailer is the shot of the clearly rubber shark prop, the rest of it looks like VHS bargain bin trash. Which might be just the kind of shark movie some folks like.
"If you're not Esther, then who are you?" Paramount Pictures has revealed the first trailer for a new horror movie titled Orphan: First Kill, a prequel to the 2009 horror hit Orphan. Unfortunately none of the original team is back, with a new writer and a new director handling this. Esther's terrifying saga continues in this thrilling prequel to the original and shocking horror. After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family, but an unexpected twist arises. She must end up battling another over-protective mother. Isabelle Fuhrman returns to star as Esther, joined by Rossif Sutherland, Hiro Kanagawa, Matthew Finlan, and Julia Stiles. This looks a lot like a repeat of the original, with a few unique twists. I dig the blacklight aspects in here, not only visually engaging but adding another element of mystery & intrigue to this horror.
"I knew the moment I laid eyes on you that you were special." Universal has revealed the full trailer for Rob Zombie's new modern remake of The Munsters, the classic 60s B&W TV show about the Munster family. After all these years of dueling animated movies basically rehashing The Munsters and The Addams Family, both of these are return to live-action with new projects this year (Tim Burton's Wednesday series is on Netflix). Rob Zombie's The Munsters movie stars Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman Munster, Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily Munster, Daniel Roebuck as Grandpa, Richard Brake as Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang, Sylvester McCoy as Igor, Jorge Garcia as Floop, and Catherine Schell as Zoya Krupp. This new film seems to focus on the love story between Herman Munster and Lily Munster. This looks extra cheesy with a big dead, black heart on top. An especially kid-friendly Rob Zombie movie, but it might still be fun to watch.
"You will come to despise me… and your revulsion will be rightly warranted, I swear it." Mutiny Pictures & Mill Creek Entertainment have debuted an official trailer for an indie horror creation titled The Fall of Usher, which is now available to watch on VOD and digital services at home as of this week. The film first premiered at the 2021 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival last year, where it ended up winning Best Feature. Based on the works of famed macabre poet Edgar Allan Poe, there isn't much of a description for the film. Only this: A young man with everything to prove and nothing to lose sees his life overtaken by murder, madness and the macabre. The indie horror film stars Riker Hill, Savannah Schafer, and Spencer Korcz. There aren't many reviews of this, but it seems to be made for die-hard Edgar Allan Poe fans only. Tread carefully.
"Put me back in! That was the deal!" Dread has revealed a new trailer for an extra freaky, weird, mindf*!k sci-fi horror film titled Tin Can, from a Canadian filmmaker named Seth A. Smith. This first premiered at the 2020 Sitges Film Festival, and finally lands in theaters + on VOD in the US this August. Thanks to Dread Presents giving it a release. As the world faces a plague, humanity's hope for a cure lies with a scientist, Fret, who awakens imprisoned in a metal chamber and must desperately work to escape her confined cell to save the last of humanity. This stars Anna Hopkins (from The Expanse, V/H/S/94), with Simon Mutabazi and Michael Ironside. This seems to be less like Cube, much more Beyond the Black Rainbow or Event Horizon, but all of it looks creatively twisted and peculiar. Must say I am intrigued! Definitely worth a look.
"Killer twist keeps you guessing." A24 has revealed a second trailer for the teen horror comedy film Bodies Bodies Bodies, which premiered at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. It's a wacky whodunit party game but with debaucherous teens drunk & high hanging out at a mansion. When a group of rich 20-somethings plan a hurricane party at a remote family mansion, a party game turns deadly in this fresh and funny look at backstabbing, fake friends, and one party gone very, very wrong. The film stars an incredible young cast featuring Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha'la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennot, with Lee Pace and Pete Davidson. This does look crazy fun, even if everyone in it seems like an asshole! This is a much better trailer than the first one - now I really want to see this film. Party on.
"The dirt becomes the worm. The worm becomes the man. And the man becomes dirt." And worm becomes God! Cinedigm has revealed a super wacky, weird first teaser trailer for an indie psychedelic horror creation called All Jacked Up and Full of Worms. This is premiering this month at the Fantasia Film Festival, hence the teaser out now, and Cinedigm has already snapped up distribution with plans to debut it on their "Screambox" genre streaming service in the fall. Two strangers bond over eating (and making) addictive, hallucinogenic worms leading them on a psychotic bender full of murder and perversity through the back alleys of Chicago. Fantasia gives it quite a effusive push: "Shot in the midst of the pandemic, a tiny-budget flick with vastly creative design and a twisted story, Alex Phillips' debut feature is possibly the greatest earthworm-junkie-horror flick in history of earthworm-junkie-horror cinema." Starring Phillip Andre Botello, Betsey Brown, Trevor Dawkins, and Eva Fellows. This certainly looks like some Grindhouse-esque, grimy horror about, uh, psychedelic Earthworms. There's very strange clips of footage in this teaser.
"Welcome to the Day Shift!" Netflix has revealed an official trailer for an action film titled Day Shift, a new vampire hunter thriller from a stuntman named JJ Perry making his feature directorial debut. This almost seems a bit like Netflix trying their hand at making a Blade movie (or franchise?) without the original IP to work with. Here's the pitch: A hard-working, blue-collar dad who just wants to provide a good life for his quick-witted 8-year-old daughter. His mundane San Fernando Valley pool cleaning job is a front for his real source of income: hunting and killing vampires as part of an international Union of vampire hunters. Sounds cool. Starring Jamie Foxx as "B. Jablonski", vampire killer, plus Dave Franco, Karla Souza, Meagan Good, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Oliver Masucci, Snoop Dogg, Steve Howey, Scott Adkins, & Zion Broadnax. It's wild they're promoting this as "from the guys who taught John Wick how to kick ass" but sure. It's fun to see theem getting back to the ol' vampires are bad guys not good trope. Lock 'n load.
"We were not shy of doing very extreme or crazy things with those cameras." Another new behind-the-scenes featurette is out for Jordan Peele's sci-fi thriller Nope, set to land in theaters later this month. There have been a handful of other making of videos so far, but this one focuses on the IMAX cameras - 15/65mm Film Cameras and designed for IMAX theatres. "Nope is the first horror epic ever to be shot with IMAX Film Cameras and Jordan Peele's first experience utilizing IMAX's innovative technology, which helped shape his approach to making this highly anticipated film. Exclusively in IMAX theatres, Nope sequences shot with IMAX Film Cameras will visually expand to fill the screen as creatively designed by the filmmakers, allowing moviegoers to experience more of the image with unprecedented crispness and clarity." Nope's cast features Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Barbie Ferreira, Michael Wincott, Donna Mills, and Terry Notary. This video also features DP Hoyte Van Hoytema talking about using IMAX cameras and how exciting this project is. Can't wait! Almost time to find out what the mysterious Nope is all about.