We’ve got a lot to get through this week, so there’s no time for the usual pithy banter. Just know that you’re reading Under The Skin, the only place on the internet where all the week’s new horror trailers are corralled for your consideration. We start with our favourite monster – werewolves – and the first trailer for David Hayter’s WOLVES. After seeing this the jury’s still out, but fingers crossed it delivers the goods. Look for it On Demand 16 October. ‘Popular high school student Cayden Richards wakes from a horrific nightmare, only to realize that he’s living it. He is changing into something vicious, unpredictable, and wild. Forced to hit the road after the brutal murder of his parents, Cayden tries to hunt down the truth of what he is. In the remote mountain town of Lupine Ridge, he discovers others like himself – including the beautiful Angelina, a young woman caught between two ancient clans of “wolves.” And when he finally discovers the shocking truth behind his ancestry, Cayden realizes there is only one way to save the woman he loves… a grisly fight to the death against forces more savage than he could have ever imagined.’
With Halloween fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to take a peek at Josh Hasty’s HONEYSPIDER. Arachnophobes watch out! ‘It’s Halloween day in 1989, and college student Jackie Blue wants to enjoy a quiet birthday in the midst of a chaotic semester at school. Her friend Amber has other ideas and persuades Jackie to come to the annual Halloween party on campus after her shift at the local movie theater. As the night unfolds, it becomes apparent that Jackie will get more excitement than she bargained for on her birthday this year.
The murder that plays out on the silver screen becomes an ominous parallel to reality, as Jackie falls under a strange spell while everyone around her is turning up dead. All the while, a mysterious stranger watches over Jackie’s every move as she succumbs to hallucinations and slowly unravels. Jackie finds herself helplessly trapped like prey in a spider’s web, and all she can do is try to survive the night!’
A found footage film about a paranormal reality TV show shooting an episode in a haunted orphanage? The premise of writer/director Craig Efros’ HOLLOWS GROVE isn’t exactly original – let’s hope it has something new to add to an already saturated subgenre. Find it On Demand 21 October. ‘A young filmmaker, Harold Maxwell, is doing a behind-the-scenes documentary on his ghost hunting reality show friends, the Spirit and Paranormal Investigation Team (S.P.I.T.), as they prepare for their next assignment. Harold and the S.P.I.T crew head out to film an old abandoned and supposedly haunted orphanage, Hollows Grove. Soon after arriving at the orphanage, the team begins to realize that what they thought would be a routine investigation is turning in to a nightmare from which theycannot escape.’
Stephen King’s stories are notoriously difficult to do justice on the screen. How will MERCY, Peter Cornwell’s adaptation of King’s short story GRAMMA, stack up? And will it be better than the creepy-as-hell TWILIGHT ZONE adaptation of the same story from the ‘80s? ‘Two young boys (“The Walking Dead’s” Chandler Riggs and Super 8’s Joel Courtney) move with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at her decrepit farmhouse. When they suspect that the elderly woman they love has encountered a dark spirit, they fear she might not be the only one who won’t make it through the summer alive. Once George (Riggs) and Buddy McCoy (Courtney) arrive at their Gramma Mercy’s (Shirley Knight), what they find inside her 150-year-old home is nothing short of terrifying. As the brothers experience deeply disturbing phenomena they believe to be the work of an ancient witch, they must fight for their lives and overcome the evil forces threatening their family.’
This one looks nasty, folks. It’s Bryan Bertino’s MOCKINGBIRD. ‘Three individuals each receive an anonymous, unmarked video camera and a horrific ultimatum to continue filming… or die. Experience the terror through the eyes of these unsuspecting victims with a chain of found-footage events so real and absolutely dreadful, you’ll have to watch it again to believe it.’
It’s not often you see a trailer as original as this one. Michael Aguiar’s THE LAUGHING MASK looks very promising indeed. ‘Director Michael Aguiar and Bravestarr Pictures have completed production on the horror feature The Laughing Mask. This title will have its world premiere in Lake Mary, Florida (AMStar Cinema 12), before showing in other locations.
The Laughing Mask is a kidnapping feature by way of Angel Heart (1987) with the film’s killer influence by The Shape from John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978).
The film’s plot involves a tormented man named Jake (John Hardy). Jake has already lost his wife, Jaycee (Inge Uys), to the Laughing Mask, and his daughter has just been kidnapped. Jake must team up with dogged detective Kate O’Malley (Sheyenne Rivers) to track down this killer and confront him in his own twisted haunt.’
It wouldn’t be Under The Skin with Brad Dourif. Here he is in Peter Hurd’s THE CONTROL GROUP. ‘Five college students wake up in an abandoned insane asylum and soon discover that they’re part of a sinister government experiment. However, when a supernatural force takes control of the corpses in the asylum, the teens’ captors become their reluctant allies in a struggle for survival.’
Last but not least, things get paranormal in co-directors Susannah O’Brien and James Bowling’s ENCOUNTER. Creepy! ‘Ted McBride (Justin Arnold) and his new wife, Lauren (Andrea Nelson), move to the country to film his thesis project, a study to investigate atmospheric phenomena commonly known as “orbs.” They rent a room in a farmhouse from an unsettling man named Jim (Don Scribner) and set up Ted’s motion-activated video cameras around the house and surrounding property. As the days and nights pass, Jim becomes increasingly on edge and it all comes to a head when Ted angrily confronts Jim in the middle of the night, frustrated with the unhinged old man.
Ted soon realizes that he and Lauren are being stalked and affected in strange and frightening ways by the same force that drove Jim out of his mind. In the exciting conclusion of the film, Ted and Lauren fight to save each other from the horrendous evil they have discovered.’
Until next time!