The Week in Horror: ‘The Seed’, ‘Shining Vale’, ‘Flux Gourmet’, + more!

Happy Valentine’s Day, horror lovers! It’s another trailer-heavy week here at The Week in Horror, with new ones from Dario Argento, Peter Strickland, and more. Let’s get into it!

Courteney Cox is in nearly every theatre in the world with her return to the Scream franchise, but she’s also coming back to TV in the horror comedy series Shining Vale. I talked about this one a while back but the Starz series has a new trailer that pretty well speaks for itself.

Shining Vale follows Cox as Pat, a writer who assumes an old (and, naturally, haunted) house with her family. The series co-stars Greg Kinnear and Mira Sorvino. Take a look at this bonkers trailer ahead of the series premiere on March 6!

One of the pillars of Giallo horror, Dario Argento, has a new film coming to us in 2022 called Dark Glasses. The film is about “a [sex worker] blinded by a serial killer in a botched attack who takes in a young Chinese boy, whose life has also been abruptly altered forever by the maniac’s actions. He will become her ally in a terrifying struggle to see off the serial killer forever.”

Dark Glasses stars Asia Argento and Ilenia Pastorelli. There’s not a whole lot in this 20-second trailer but it gives us a taste of what we’re in store for. The film is currently playing at the Berlindale Film Festival, but we’ll have more release details once we have them.

Creature feature Crabs from director Pierce Berolzheimer and Raven Banner also has a bonkers new trailer this week, as well as a sexy new poster from legendary comics artist Michael Golden.

Michael Golden’s poster for Crabs

In Crabs, “Mutated by nuclear runoff a horde of murderous horseshoe crabs descend on a sleepy California town causing Prom Night terror. As the deadly crustaceans claw their way through the disbelieving population, it’s up to a ramshackle band of students and police to address the increasingly ginormous crab menace.” Crabs stars Dylan Riley Snyder, Jessica Morris, Robert Craighead, Allie Jennings, Bryce Durfee, and Chase Padgett.

This one looks like it’s got a ton of great practical effects and should be all kinds of fun. We don’t have a release date, but check out the trailer here:

Gillian Wallace Horvat’s debut feature, a found footage horror called I Blame Society, has been getting great reviews since its recent release on Shudder last week. It’s a (literally) sharp and semi-autobiographical statement on the treatment of women filmmakers in Hollywood and picks up many of the ideas in Netflix’s Brand New Cherry Flavour while exploring them in a completely different way. This is one of the funniest, most charming, fucked up movies I’ve seen in a while.

In I Blame Society, “Gillian (Gillian Wallace Horvat) is one of those many struggling filmmakers in L.A. who just can’t seem to get the money for their first feature. Feeling like her friends and her partner (Keith Poulson) are losing faith in her abilities, she decides to resurrect her abandoned documentary based on a pseudo-compliment she once received that she would make a good murderer. But while she documents what makes “the perfect murder” a hitherto unseen dark side of Gillian emerges and grows. Furthermore the problem with being a successful serial killer, she discovers, is keeping the whole thing stealth, denying her the recognition that she craves… and that unhinges her even more. After accidentally-ish killing her best friend (Chase Williamson), Gillian goes on a killing spree culminating with a final bloody act that nobody would dare deny her credit for.”

Version Industries’ poster for I Blame Society.

Gillian Wallace Horvat’s I Blame Society is currently streaming on Shudder (USA).

Speaking of Shudder, a hilarious horror-comedy called The Seed from UK writer/director Sam Walker is coming to the service on March 10. It’s about a group of women that encounter a meteor from outer space that contains an grotesque but compelling life form. This one looks like it escalates quickly.

In the Seed: “lifelong friends Deidre (Lucy Martin, Vikings), Heather (Sophie Vavasseur, Resident Evil: Apocalypse), and Charlotte (Chelsea Edge, I Hate Suzie) are finally getting some time away together, using the upcoming meteor shower to gather more followers for their social media channels. But what starts out as a girls’ getaway in the Mojave Desert descends into a battle for survival with the arrival of an invasive alien force whose air of mystery soon proves to be alluring and irresistible to them. Before long the situation devolves into a battle to the death, where the stakes have galaxy-wide implications.”

Check out the trailer for Shudder’s The Seed, coming to the service on March 10.

My favourite trailer this week comes from the inimitable Peter Strickland, of Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy, and In Fabric fame. His movies are like no one else’s, and the trailer for his new one, Flux Gourmet, looks more adventurous than any of his past output.

In Flux Gourmet: “A sonic collective who can’t decide on a name takes up a residency at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance. The members Elle di Elle (Fatma Mohamed), Billy Rubin (Asa Butterfield) and Lamina Propria (Ariane Labed) are caught up in their own power struggles, only their dysfunctional dynamic is furthermore exacerbated when they have to answer to the institute’s head, Jan Stevens (Gwendoline Christie). With the various rivalries unfolding, Stones (Makis Papadimitrou), the Institute’s ‘dossierge’ has to privately endure increasingly fraught stomach problems whilst documenting the collective’s activities. Upon hearing of Stones’s visits to the gastroenterologist, Dr Glock (Richard Bremmer), Elle coerces him into her performances in a desperate bid for authenticity. The reluctant Stones puts up with the collective’s plans to use his condition for their art whilst Jan Stevens goes to war with Elle over creative differences.”

Check out the trailer ahead of Flux Gourmet‘s release this summer from IFC Midnight!

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