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"Why am I dreaming about drinking blood?" 101 Studios has debuted the first official trailer for an indie horror remake titled Rabid, a new take on the 1977 film of the same name from David Cronenberg. This one is directed by the Canadian filmmaking pair known as the Soska Sisters, two twin sisters named Jen & Sylvia, who have been making horror films for years now. It was just announced that this remake will have its world premiere at the acclaimed FrightFest horror film festival in the UK coming up in a few months. Laura Vandervoort stars as Rose, a woman with a bright future who is disfigured in a terrible accident. She agrees to try a "radical untested stem cell treatment" but it soon makes her hungry for flesh. The cast includes Greg Bryk, Stephen McHattie, Ted Atherton, and Stephen Huszar. This seems like a mix between the original Rabid and Raw, but nowhere near as good as either of those films. Check it out below.
"I'm hearing things, I'm seeing things…" Vertical has unveiled the trailer for the Jacob's Ladder remake that has been in the works for a few years. This was pulled from the release schedule, but they've decided to drop it in August out of nowhere - which isn't a good sign. And once you see this trailer you'll know exactly why they're just dumping it before the fall movie season arrives. This is a remake of the 1990 horror film also titled Jacob's Ladder, and the title is a reference to a "biblical ladder to heaven, mentioned in Genesis 28:12." After returning from Afghanistan, veteran Jacob Singer struggles to maintain his sanity. Plagued by hallucinations and flashbacks, Singer rapidly falls apart as his world and the people around him morph and twist into disturbing images. This stars Michael Ealy, with Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie, Joseph Sikora, Karla Souza, and Guy Burnet. This will probably be in a bargain bin by the end of the summer.
"Spooky, isn't it…? Out here, all alone…" Saban Films has revealed the trailer for this indie horror-thriller titled Dead Water, yet another thriller-on-a-boat movie (there seem to be more and more of these boat films these days - see also: Disappearance or Vampyrz on a Boat). When a relaxing getaway turns deadly, a former Marine must risk his life once again to save his wife and best friend from a modern day pirate; all the while trying to hold himself together as he faces the ghosts of the war he left behind. Casper Van Dien (of Starship Troopers fame) stars with Brianne Davis, Griff Furst, and Judd Nelson. This really doesn't look that good, but Casper Van Dien is still awesome - and that shot of him looking pissed is cool. Jump in.
"Went up the water spout…" This looks scary as all hell. Scream Factory has debuted the first teaser trailer for a new indie horror feature titled Itsy Bitsy, from filmmaker Micah Gallo (a VFX producer making his feature directorial debut). As the title hints at, this is a new horror movie about a giant spider but this time it's actually, seriously scary - not some fake looking bug. This one looks real, and giant, and the shots in this will give you the creeps. Don't watch if you hate spiders (like me) - it'll ruin your day/week/year/life. "A creepy-crawly creature feature based on the centuries-old poem, Itsy Bitsy weaves a sinister web of family drama, personal demons, and a horrifying monster." It stars Bruce Davison, Denise Crosby, Elizabeth Roberts, Arman Darbo, Chloe Perrin, Treva Etienne, and Eileen Dietz. Tread carefully, my friends.
"I'm giving you a chance, Max, don't screw it up…" Firebreathing Films has debuted the first trailer for an indie horror comedy titled Vampyrz on a Boat, though it's actually properly written as VampyrZ on a Boat (that capital "Z" is important!). While this may not have been made as a comedy, it definitely plays like one. Described as a "razor-sharp horror" this is about, as the title says, a vampire outbreak on a medical research ship. The film stars Carrie Keagan & Dallas Valdez, along with Curt Lambert, Diane Ayala Goldner, and Kendall Wells as the Master Vampire. Looks extra ridiculous, but perhaps it's a fun watch.
"Looks that Kill and then you Die!" We are excited to debut the latest horror short film made by filmmaker Dave Bundtzen and Flix Horror titled Window Dressing. Last year we featured Bundtzen's two-minute horror film Tap, this time he's giving us a four-minute horror short to enjoy. Starring Elaine Partnow and Colleen Kelly. It's always cool to see how clever and creative filmmakers can be in such a short amount of time. If I was programming a film festival, this short film would play perfectly before Peter Strickland's In Fabric. As always, will be keeping watch on Bundtzen's work as he keeps making more. Watch in full below.
"Special suits let patients go out. Then anything's possible." Signature Entertainment has debuted a brand new UK trailer for the indie survival thriller which they're now releasing with the title Hold Your Breath this fall. The film is originally titled Dans la Brume in French (which just means In the Fog) but has also had other international titles like Just a Breath Away and Toxic. The movie is about a "toxic mist" that covers the streets of Paris. Only those lucky enough to escape to the rooftops of the city were able to survive. Mathieu and Anna must face the fog if they have any hope of saving their daughter, who is trapped in a medical tank down below. Starring Olga Kurylenko & Romain Duris, with Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin, Anna Gaylor, Réphaël Ghrenassia, and Erja Malatier. This is yet another high concept urban survival thriller but it actually looks pretty cool, another take on the scary mist/fog horror. It's worth a look.
"It's like they're trying to make it gross…" A24 has debuted a short, new "Summer Solstice" trailer for Ari Aster's cult horror film Midsommar, which opens in a few weeks. The trailer celebrates the actual, literal "midsummer", the longest day of the year (in the northern hemisphere). Midsommar is about a woman who reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a holiday trip to a small Swedish village, where the encounter a pagan cult conducting a "violent and bizarre" ritual. Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor star as the couple, along with Will Poulter, Julia Ragnarsson, William Jackson Harper, Björn Andrésen, Anna Åström, and Liv Mjönes. Early word from preview screenings is that the films is truly messed up, with viewers saying it's "WILD, unsettling, profound and & just about the craziest shit I’ve witnessed on the big screen". Oh yes.
"Not everyone can walk in the light of truth, Sam, some will merely burn." Gravitas Ventures released this horror film on VOD this week and there's a trailer to go along with it, in case anyone might be interested in seeing this. The Nightmare Gallery is an indie horror film made by filmmaker Gene Blalock, and it's a paranormal thriller that goes down some dark paths. Amber Benson (seen in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Morganville: The Series", The Killing Jar, Apartment 407) plays a renowned anthropology professor whose life is turned upside-down by the sudden, suspicious disappearance of her star pupil. When a package of paranormal artifacts arrives on her doorstep three years later, she becomes obsessed with this paranormal mystery that threatens her job, marriage, and sanity as she fights to find where this student went. Also with Kevin Chamberlin, Mat Devine, Mieko Hillman, and Rahul Parikh. Looks a bit odd yet still freaky.
"Do you like what you've done?" "No." Way back when, before anyone knew who Rey was and before The Force Awakens opened, British actress Daisy Ridley starred in a little indie horror project titled Scrawl, from filmmaker Peter Hearn. The film played at a few small festivals in 2015, but has never been officially released - until now. If anyone still cares. Scrawl is a fantasy horror about a boy who writes a comic book with his best friend, only to discover that what they show starts to really happen. Along with the appearance of a mysterious girl, he is forced to face the reality of what he has written, and begins a battle to attempt to rewrite death. Starring Daisy Ridley, along with Mark Forester Evans, Liam Hughes, Chris Casey, Nathalie Pownall, Elizabeth Boag, Annabelle Le Gresley, Joe Daly, Ellie Selwood, and Derek Jones as "The Caretaker". Not really sure this will be worth the wait, but it might entertain a few viewers.
"Sometimes you just can't stop what's coming…" IFC Midnight has released an official trailer for an indie horror film titled Trespassers, the latest from filmmaker Orson Oblowitz (The Queen of Hollywood Blvd). The home invasion horror premiered at FrightFest London last year, and also played in Germany's Fantasy Filmfest. Two couples rent a modern luxury desert home for the weekend hoping to sort out their messed-up lives. Just as they are about to settle in, a woman shows up at their door. And that's when the murderous trouble really starts. Because without knowing it, these four friends have just landed slap-bang in the wrong violent place at precisely the wrong bloody time. Starring Angela Trimbur, Zach Avery, Janel Parrish, Jonathan Howard, Fairuza Balk, Carlo Rota, Sebastian Sozzi, and Joey Abril. This seems so much like a been-there, done-that horror rehash pulling from You're Next and everything else we've already seen.
"Now the show can go on forever… and ever… and ever…!!" The beloved children's show is back… with a vengeance, a horrible, bloody vengeance. What is this! Ha! Syfy has debuted the official trailer for a horror feature titled The Banana Splits Movie, a re-imagining of the classic children's show on TV in the 1970s ("The Banana Splits Adventure Hour") as a horror movie. The plot is about a kid who goes to a taping of the show, only to discover the four furry main characters – Bingo, Fleegle, Drooper and Snorky – are actually killers. Over thirty episodes of "The Banana Splits Adventure Hour" originally aired between 1968 and 1970, with costumes and sets designed by Sid & Marty Krofft. This new movie stars Dani Kind, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, Steve Lund, Sara Canning, Maria Nash, and Romeo Carere. We don't often feature direct-to-VOD films, but can't help it this time! This is so nuts and it actually looks crazy good! Check it out below.