The Week in Horror: ‘Midnight’, ‘Umma’, ‘You Won’t Be Alone’, + more!

Family Day was a few weeks ago for us Canadians, but this week’s horror news has a bit of a family theme to it. Scary babies, kids, and mums are all represented here, along with a couple of bizarre, low-budget trailers you can watch with the whole gang, provided they’re all maniacs. Let’s dive into this week’s scoops, shall we?

Do small spaces get to you? The idea of four walls inspiring fear is probably pretty familiar to you claustrophobics out there, and Jennifer Reeder (Knives and Skin, V/H/S/94) is tapping into that anxiety in a big way with her new film, Night’s End. The film stars Geno Walker, Felonious Munk, Kate Arrington, and Michael Shannon.

In Night’s End, “an anxious shut-in unwittingly moves into a haunted apartment and hires a mysterious stranger to perform an exorcism which takes a horrific turn.” Look for this one on Shudder when it releases on March 31, but you can get a taste of it in the new trailer here:

Kwon Oh-Seung’s Midnight is looking like a ruthless cat-and-mouse thriller in the vein of Kim Jee Woon’s I Saw The Devil. It follows a serial killer (Squid Game‘s Wi Ha-Jun) as he hunts down a woman who witnesses one of his crimes. If you’re at all familiar with Korean revenge horror, there’ll be nothing held back on this one. Midnight co-stars Jin Ki-Joo, Gil Hae-Yeon, Park Hoon, and Kim Hye-Yoon and it hits On Demand and Blu-Ray on May 10. Check out this trailer!

I’ve talked about Noomi Rapace (Lamb) in the new witchy thriller You Won’t Be Alone in this space before, but Goran Stolevski’s debut feature has a brand new trailer that looks gorgeous.

You Won’t Be Alone tells the story of “a shape-shifting witch’s curiosity about humans as she tries to live among them by killing other women in order to take their identities.” Take a looks at this stunning trailer before the film’s theatrical release on April 1!

Mariama Diallo’s The Master has a new trailer this week ahead of it’s release on March 18. Regina Hall stars as “Professor Gail Bishop [who] has recently been promoted to Master of a residence hall, the first time at storied Ancaster College that a Black woman has held the post. Determined to breathe new life into a centuries-old tradition, Gail soon finds herself wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of Jasmine Moore, an energetic and optimistic Black freshman. Jasmine’s time at Ancaster hits a snag early on when she’s assigned a dorm room that is rumored to be haunted. Things get worse when Jasmine clashes in the classroom with Liv Beckman, a professor in the middle of her own racially charged tenure review.

As Gail tries to maintain order and fulfill the duties of a Master, the cracks begin to show in Ancaster’s once-immaculate facade. After a career spent fighting to make it into Ancaster’s inner circle, Gail is confronted with the horrifying prospect of what lies beneath, her question ultimately becoming not whether the school is haunted, but by whom.”

Gaspar Noe’s LUX ÆTERNA was unleashed on the world back at Cannes 2019. Since then it’s struggled to find distribution, and has therefore been unseen by most of the world. Well, that’s about to change as Yellow Veil Pictures has picked up the rights and will be releasing Noe’s vision in May.

LUX ÆTERNA “takes place backstage of a French film production, often utilizing split-screens to follow two characters at once. Charlotte Gainsbourg, acting as herself, plays the film’s — and the film-within-a-film’s — leading role of an actress taking on the role of a witch burned at the stake while French actress Beatrice Dalle, playing a version of herself as well, takes on the on-screen role of director. The film progresses with mounting tension as the set descends into aggressive chaos— both in style, form, and plot. Actress and model Abbey Lee (The Neon Demon), Karl Glusman (Love), Claude-Emmanuelle Gajan-Maull (Climax), Félix Maritaud (Sauvage / Wild, Knife + Heart), and Clara Deshayes also appear as interpretations of themselves.”

Babies are pretty scary in their own way, even if they don’t belong to Rosemary. In HBO’s new horror-comedy The Baby, we’ll meet a manipulative infant with malicious intent. The series stars Michelle De Swarte (The Duchess) as Natasha, Amira Ghazalla (The Rhythm Section) as Mrs. Eaves, Amber Grappy as Bobbi, Patrice Naiambana (Spectre) as Natasha’s father Lyle, Sinéad Cusack (Marcella) as her mother Barbara, Shvorne Marks (Endeavour) as Mags, Isy Suttie (Peep Show) as Rita, Tanya Reynolds (Sex Education) as Helen, Seyan Sarvan as Nour, Karl Davies (The Tower) as Jack, and Divian Ladwa (Ant-Man and the Wasp) as Fooze.

“It centers around 38-year-old Natasha, who is furious that her closest friends are all having babies, but when she is unexpectedly landed with a baby of her own, her life dramatically implodes. Controlling, manipulative, but incredibly cute, the baby twists Natasha’s life into a surreal horror show. As she discovers the true extent of the baby’s deadly nature, Natasha makes increasingly desperate attempts to get rid of it. She doesn’t want a baby. But the baby definitely wants her.”

Take a look at the teaser here before the series premiere on April 24!

Eskil Vogt is now an Academy Award nominee for his screenplay for The Worst Person in the World, and now he’s got horror on the brain with a new film called The Innocents, which stars Rakel Lenora Fløttum, Alva Brynsmo Ramstad, Mina Yasmin Bremseth Asheim, and Sam Ashraf.

The Innocents is about “follows four children who become friends during the summer holidays. Out of sight of the adults, they discover they have hidden powers. While exploring their newfound abilities in the nearby forests and playgrounds, their innocent play takes a dark turn and strange things begin to happen.” Check out this chilling trailer for The Innocents before the film’s release on May 13 on VOD and in theatres!

Family can be a scary thing sometimes, and the new thriller from Iris K. Shim, Umma explores the terror that so many of us feel about turning into our parents. The cast for this supernatural thriller is top-to-bottom great, with Sandra Oh, Dermot Mulroney, Odeya Rush, MeeWha Alana Lee and Tom Yi. A couple of horror heavy hitters in Andre Ovredal (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark) and Sam Raimi on as producers.

In Umma, Amanda (Oh) lives an isolated, self-sufficient life with her daughter in America when her mother’s remains arrive from Korea. They may not quite be so dormant, though, and Amanda is threatened by a spirit bearing her mother’s face. Umma hits theatres on March 18. Check out the trailer here!

This week I don’t just have one candidate for my favourite trailer, but two. First up is the incomprehensible Amityville in Space, from Sharkula director Mark Polonia. This is a weird one, folks, and centres around the idea that the infamous house has been, well, transported into outer space. Amityville in Space blasts off this July and stars Titus Himmelberger, Cassandra Hayes, Tim Hatch, Ryan Dalton and Jeff Kirkendall. Check out this trailer!

As if Amityville in Space wasn’t enough, writer-director Lucky Cerruti has something in store with his new film, Freak.

In a twisted mashup of Friday the 13th and The Toxic Avenger, a deformed wretch stalks campers through the woods, leaving them in grotesque piles of gore. Look out for some pretty gnarly practical effects in Freak, ahead of it’s release in May. Freak stars Jameson Batt, Dorran Boucher and Cerruti.

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