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"What are you waiting for?!" Scream Factory has released a trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Let's Scare Julie (also known as Let's Scare Julie to Death), marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jud Cremata. A group of teen girls set out to scare their reclusive neighbor, but the prank turns to terror when some of them don't return. Filmed in real time on a single camera in one uninterrupted, continuous take, the freaky tension rapidly escalates as the girls' seemingly harmless pranks start to have life-altering consequences. Starring Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Isabel May, Odessa A'zion, Brooke Sorenson, Jessica Sarah Flaum, and Dakota Baccelli. Not sure why this film needs the trendy neon-light masks, especially when there is enough style in the one-long-take concept anyway, but so be it. The scariest shot in this is the woman standing in the street, but the rest of it is pretty tame. Hopefully there's some good thrills.
"You're not tender-headed, are you?" Hulu has revealed the first teaser trailer for the acclaimed, outrageous hair horror film Bad Hair, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This is the second feature film from Dear White People director Justin Simien, and it's launching on Hulu just before Halloween later this year. In 1989 an ambitious young woman gets a weave in order to succeed in the image-obsessed world of music television. However, her flourishing career may come at a great cost when she realizes that her new hair may have a(n evil) mind of its own. Starring Elle Lorraine as Anna, with an ensemble cast including Vanessa Williams, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe, Blair Underwood, Laverne Cox, Michelle Hurd, Judith Scott, Robin Thede, Ashley Blaine Featherson, Kelly Rowland, with James Van Der Beek and Usher. This is one horrifying teaser, just the right amount of fright and cringe.
"Whatever you do… don't go into the workshop." Freedom Cinema has released an official trailer for an indie horror film from Australia called The Faceless Man, which is set to open in the US on VOD later this month. This premiered at the Melbourne Underground Film Festival last year, where it won a bunch of awards. Sophie Thurling stars as a cancer survivor who goes out to a country house with her friends. At first they're terrorized by red neck locals, but at the same time a para-normal monster "seen as the faceless man" haunts the house pushing the friends to their limits. The cast includes Andy McPhee, Roger Ward, Lucas Pittaway, Albert Goikhman, Brendan Bacon, and Daniel Reader. This looks like a wild Oz-sploitation mashup of all kinds of crazy horror concepts. And there's a killer poster for it - also seen below.
"As real as everything might seem… you're safe." Vertical Ent. has released a trailer for a horror film titled No Escape, the latest from filmmaker Will Wernick. Wernick directed a 2017 horror called Escape Room, which is not the same as the Sony Pictures horror Escape Room, but they all have the same concept anyway. One of those "escape room" games turns out to be deadly. This time, the story follows a narcissistic vlogger / influencer who ends up traveling to Moscow with his friends to visit a special escape room. "Always pushing the limits and catering to a growing audience, they enter a cold world of mystery, excess, and danger." This stars Keegan Allen, Holland Roden, Denzel Whitaker, Ronen Rubinstein, Pasha Lychnikoff, George Janko, and Siya. Everything in this looks derivative - every scene is ripped off from other horror.
"In this house… evil is everywhere." Lionsgate has released an official trailer for a direct-to-DVD horror film titled The Amityville Harvest, the latest from genre director Thomas J. Churchill. This film actually has nothing to do with the original Amityville movie or any of its sequels/prequels/rip-offs. It seems to have been made as a terrible vampire movie set inside a creepy house that was updated with the "Amityville" name because it's now in public domain. While staying at an aging manor to research its liquor-smuggling history, Christina and her documentary video team interview their spooky host Vincent but strangely no one can capture his image or voice on video. Hmm, I wonder if it's because he's a vampire? Maybe?! The film stars Sadie Katz, Paul Logan, Julie Anne Prescott, Eileen Dietz, Yan Birch, and Kyle Lowder as Vincent. I call this "strange" in the headline, but it really just looks downright awful in every way. Have fun.
"What did you think would happen…?" Get a look at the first teaser for Come True, a dark sci-fi thriller from the director of Our House, Anthony Scott Burns, working with executive producer Vincenzo Natali, starring Julia Sarah Stone and Landon Liboiron. The film is premiering at the Fantasia Film Festival this month, and this teaser is a promo to start the buzz before its premiere. Dreams twist. Nightmares come true. A distinctive and compelling work of dark sci-fi horror that haunts the space between wakefulness and sleep. The story follows a young woman who starts to experience disturbing dreams. "As the darkness begins to close in, it's soon clear that Sarah has unknowingly become the conduit to a horrifying, new discovery…" Burns wrote, directed, and shot the film, with music by Electric Youth and Pilotpriest. This looks wicked! A twisted, mesmerizing dream thriller. What are they finding in her mind?! Such a compelling teaser - I'm in.
"What do you think it says about us as a society that the bad guys are always more fun?" Different Duck Films has released an official trailer for an indie horror-thriller anthology film called Immortal, which premiered at the Screamfest Horror Festival last year. It's written, directed and produced by Rob Margolies, featuring a star-studded cast headlined by Tony Todd, Dylan Baker, Robin Bartlett, Samm Levine, Vanessa Lengies, and Agnes Bruckner. "Thrown into the face of death only to emerge unharmed, the characters of Immortal are left staring at eternity in the face with uncertainty and fear like they've never imagined." A chilling horror anthology film told in four chapters, Immortal boasts career-best performances from a cast that also includes Mario Van Peebles, Lindsay Mushett, and Jason Stuart. Yes this has a solid cast, but the segments seem quite derivative - stories about immortality, another game of hunt-or-be-hunted in the woods, daytime home invasion, and so on. Maybe there's something to this, maybe there isn't.
"I've told you a thousand times… shoes off at the door!" RLJE Films has released the trailer for a horror thriller titled The Owners, marking the feature directorial debut of French filmmaker Julius Berg. A group of friends think they find an easy score at an empty house with a safe full of cash. But when the owners, an elderly couple, come home early, the tables are suddenly turned. Conceptually this looks like the typical rob-a-big-house-that-looks-empty horror concept mashed up with The Visit. This nice elderly couple are actually maniacs who are going to torture you! Watch out, they are not so nice after all… The Owners stars Maisie Williams, with Sylvester McCoy and Rita Tushingham as the charming Huggins, plus Ian Kenny, Jake Curran, Andrew Ellis, and Stacha Hicks. This definitely looks creepy! But mostly for horror fans.
"Whoever you were before… that's over." Lionsgate has released a final trailer for the long-awaited horror-thriller Antebellum, starring singer / actress Janelle Monáe. The studio has also announced the movie will be skipping theaters and heading straight-to-VOD starting in September, after being delayed for months all summer. Better to drop it now than keep waiting. This full-length trailer is a much better look at what's going on. The synopsis only states an author "finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality & must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it's too late." From music video / advertising biz directors Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz, now making their feature debut. The full cast includes Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Robert Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Marque Richardson. This definitely seems like a Get Out-inspired alternate reality where powerful Black people are captured and sent back (in time?) to live as slaves. Which is scary as all hell. Burn it down.
"I know fear when I see it! It's all in the eyes!" Magnolia Pictures has released an official trailer for an indie survival thriller titled Alone, the latest film from filmmaker John Hyams (One Dog Day, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Dragon Eyes, Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning). A recently widowed traveler fleeing the city in the Pacific Northwest is kidnapped by a cold blooded killer, only to escape into the wilderness where she is forced to battle against the elements as her pursuer closes in on her… Will she be able to make it out alive? Jules Willcox (from "Bloodline", 10,000 Days) stars as Jessica, with Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald, and Jonathan Rosenthal. This looks chilling but it also looks like every other kidnapping thriller.
"Something is wrong here…" 101 Films has released an official trailer for an indie supernatural thriller titled Widow's Point, adapted from the book of the same name. This originally premiered at a few small genre festivals last year. Widow's Point follows a writer who spends a weekend locked in a haunted lighthouse to help promote his next book, where he is targeted by supernatural forces. Of course - haunted houses usually are haunted! Ha. Craig Sheffer stars in this as Thomas Livingston, along with KateLynn E. Newberry, Dominic Luongo, Kaelin Lamberson, and John Renna. This sounds like it could be thrilling, but the footage in this trailer is really bad. Then again, it's direct-to-DVD so it's not that surprising it looks this bad.
"Killer's in the house!" Rezinate Pics has unveiled a trailer for an indie horror film called Murder in the Woods, which is finally releasing this fall after first premiering a few years ago. This "cabin in the woods" horror is about a group of teens who arrive at a mysterious cabin and soon discover the dark secret it holds, which forces them to fight for their lives. Director Luis Iga explains his intentions: "This film showcases the talents of our young diverse cast and I'm proud to say that we have made the first 'All American Slasher' with a full diverse cast in non-stereotypical roles." This stars José Julián, Jeanette Samano, Chelsea Rendon, Catherine Toribio, Kade Wise, Jordan Diambrini, Soledad St. Hilaire, and Rolando Molina, plus Danny Trejo as Sheriff Lorenzo. In my opinion, it looks especially unoriginal and redundant.