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"It's like there's this black cloud hanging over us." This will give you the chills. A new international trailer has arrived for Jordan Peele's horror thriller Us, opening in theaters next month. This trailer is from Korea, and it's similar to the first trailer, but plays up all the quietness and unexplainable confusion of the horror elements way more than that first one. There's a number of really unsettling silent moments in this trailer where they just let the eeriness of this doppelgänger family build tension. I'd actually say this is the best trailer for Us yet. Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke star as husband and wife of a family who take their kids to their beach house, but mysterious people appear and things get really weird. Also starring Elisabeth Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Kara Hayward, Anna Diop, Tim Heidecker, Nathan Harrington Shahadi Wright Joseph, plus Evan Alex and Madison Curry as their two kids. Can't wait to see this.
"Eight tales of dark folklore. Eight countries." SuperLtd has debuted an official trailer for indie anthology horror film The Field Guide To Evil, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival last year. This horror includes eight different segments that make up the full two-hour film, produced by the team behind The ABCs of Death series. Eight of the most exciting new voices in international horror were asked to draw upon the folklore of their own country, reimagining a legend through their unique (and often twisted) creative lens. "We can't wait for audiences to explore these diverse and dark paths they've created," says producer Ant Timpson. The segments are titled: "Palace of Horrors", "Al Karisi", "Die Trud", "The Melon Heads", "A Nocturnal Breath", "The Kindler & The Virgin", "The Cobblers' Lot", and "What Ever Happened to Panagas the Pagan?" This looks like it has some unique thrills, which should intrigue any/every horror fan out there.
"Once again: who are you?" MiLa Media and Invisible Pictures have debuted the first trailer for a creative new horror thriller titled Every Time I Die, from director Robi Michael making his feature debut. The film is a twisted time loop thriller, about a disturbed young man with a mysterious past whose tragic death is just the beginning of his troubles. The big flip with this is that it's told from the perspective of guy who's dead trying to stop his killer from striking again. Drew Fonteiro stars, with a cast including Marc Menchaca, Lia Johnson, Michelle Macedo, and Melissa Macedo. This looks really cool, there's something strange but very compelling about it. And there's definitely a Memento vibe going on. This trailer is worth a watch.
"A girl. A mixtape. And the end of the world." The Orchard has released the first official trailer for an indie cosmic horror film titled Starfish, which is the feature debut of musician/filmmaker A.T. White. The originally premiered at Fantastic Fest last fall, and also played at the Morbido Film Fest in Mexico. Starfish is described as a "unique, intimate and honest" portrayal of a girl grieving for the death of her best friend. And it just happens to take place on the day the world ends as we know it, when a mysterious signal from an unknown dimension summons the end of days. Virginia Gardner stars as Aubrey, who discovers a tape labeled "this mixtape will save the world." Forced to fight off the encroaching creatures, she sets out to find more tapes and (hopefully?) save the world. Also starring Christina Masterson, Eric Beecroft, Natalie Mitchell, Shannon Hollander, Elias Brett, Tanroh Ishida, and Regina Saldivar. Whoa! Yeah this looks crazy cool! I dig the mix of styles and snowy apocalyptic atmosphere and everything. I need to see this.
"Maybe the serum is inducing some kind of shared psychosis." The Orchard has debuted the trailer for an indie horror thriller titled Discarnate, also known as Shapeshifter (for its release in Germany last year). The plot is about a neuroscientist's obsession with a drug that expands the human mind, who inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team when they start trials. Thomas Kretschmann stars as Dr. Andre Mason, and the cast includes Nadine Velazquez, Josh Stewart, Chris Coy, Matt Munroe, Bex Taylor-Klaus, Cassandra Clark, and Ashton Amaba. This looks like a very weird mix of big ideas and horror concepts that don't seem to coalesce, but I don't really know. Maybe it's not so bad. Take a look.
In 2007, following her breakout performance in Michael Bay's Transformers, Megan Fox was set to star in her next project, a Rogue Pictures horror-thriller produced by Bay. Then called Half to Death, the project was pitched as Groundhog Day meets Scream, with the script following a college freshman who must relive the day of her murder over and over again, stuck in a time loop that will end only when she discovers the killer's identity. For reasons unknown, the studio decided not to move on with the project. A decade later, Blumhouse Productions revived the long-gestating project with director Christopher Landon and actress Jessica Rothe. Now titled Happy Death Day, the horror comedy was a surprise hit, grossing $125 million worldwide on a small $4.8 million budget. A sequel was inevitable after that kind of success. Enter Happy Death Day 2U, an inventive and entertaining follow-up that expands upon the first in nearly every way.
"It sounds like there is someone inbetween the walls." Spotlight Pictures has debuted the first sales promo trailer for the sci-fi horror film Dark Light, from writer/director Padraig Reynolds. The film is currently being sold at the EFM and they're looking to find a distributor, in addition to a festival to debut this film at. Dark Light is a horror creature feature about some kind of monster (potentially an alien being?) that takes a young girl from her bedroom while at her mother's childhood farm home. She goes crazy trying to find her and figure out what happened, while attempting to convince police that an actual creature took her. Starring Jessica Madsen, Ed Brody, Opal Littleton, and Ben Sullivan. This looks scary as hell, including the typical cornfield trope, but still. I'm glad the trailer shows a glimpse of the monster because it looks gnarly.
"You know where the party is!" Universal has released the first trailer for the psychological horror thriller titled Ma, one of the latest films produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse. Octavia Spencer stars in Ma as Sue Ann, a woman who befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them hang out in her basement, to avoid drinking and driving. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, weird things start happening. Her hospitality starts to curdle into obsession. The full cast of this horror includes Missi Pyle, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis, Allison Janney, McKaley Miller, Diana Silvers, Dominic Burgess, Victor Turpin, Corey Fogelmanis, Kyanna Simone Simpson, Dante Brown, and Gianni Paolo. This starts out nice and fun at the beginning, then gets seriously frickin' crazy by the end. Damn! Watch out.
"We are facing an evil… that has no bounds." Warner Bros has revealed the full-length official trailer for the supernatural horror film arriving in April titled The Curse of La Llorona, produced by James Wan for Warner Bros. This horror is based on the "timeless Mexican legend" about a "horrifying apparition, caught between Heaven and Hell, trapped in a terrible fate sealed by her own hand." Yeah - that just sounds scary as all hell. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. The main cast includes Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Marisol Ramirez, Roman Christou, and Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen. This looks much more terrifying than most horror films these days, with serious scares worked into the most mundane moments. Watch out. Not surprising considering this is produced by scare master James Wan. Got a feeling this will end up as a huge springtime horror hit.
"Introducing your new best friend…" And your killer! Orion Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for horror reboot Child's Play, an updated take on the Chucky horror franchise about the evil doll who kills people. They're keeping the original name from the first series, Child's Play, but updating everything and re-introducing the Chucky doll as a high-tech toy called "Buddi" created by Kaslan Corp. Aubrey Plaza stars in this, with a full cast including Gabriel Bateman. Brian Tyree Henry, David Lewis, Ty Consiglio, Beatrice Kitsos, and Kristin York. This is a chilling, freaky first reveal and the footage looks damn good.
Be careful, Sharon. Saban Films has debuted the first official trailer for an indie dramatic horror titled The Haunting of Sharon Tate, based on a kinda-sorta true story about actress Sharon Tate - who was sadly murdered by the Manson Family in 1969. The plot is inspired by an actual quote from Tate, found in an interview published a year before her death, wherein she revealed having dreams about ghosts haunting her house and foreseeing her own death at the hands of a satanic cult. Hilary Duff (in her first major horror role) stars as Sharon Tate, pregnant with Roman Polanski's child at the age of 26 at the time. The film's cast also includes Jonathan Bennett, Lydia Hearst, Pawel Szajda, Ryan Cargill, and Bella Popa. There's always room for another pregnancy horror film, especially one with high profile connections to Hollywood.
"You're not my son." A24 has released a new official trailer for the Irish indie horror film The Hole in the Ground, which just premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. We already featured the UK trailer for this a few weeks ago, but this is a whole other look. The film is the feature debut of Irish director Lee Cronin, and is set on the fringes of a backwood rural town. The festival description sets this up quite well: One night, Sarah's young son disappears into the woods behind their rural home. When he returns, he looks the same, but his behavior grows increasingly disturbing. Soon, Sarah realizes that the boy who returned may not be her son at all… The film stars Seána Kerslake, James Cosmo, Kati Outinen, Simone Kirby, Steve Wall, and James Quinn Markey. There's also a creepy new poster for this (ahhh the spider!!) to go along with this trailer, and a release date in early March for those curious about this one.