The Week in Horror: ‘The Lake’, ‘Swarm’, ‘The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster’, + more!

Trailers galore! It’s an embarrassment of trailer riches as we’ve got new ones for a sick Thai/Chinese giant monster film, Donald Glover’s celebrity-obsessed thriller, and everyone’s favourite killer doll gets a documentary treatment. All that and more in The Week in Horror!

Fans of practical effects and kaiju will be happy to see that the jointly-produced Thai/Chinese monster movie The Lake will be released on March 10 in limited theatres, and March 14 on digital, with a physical release on May 16. Lee Thongkam and Aquing Xu direct, with practical effects by Jordu Schell, who worked on The Thing, Cloverfield, Planet of the Apes, Avatar, and many others.

In The Lake, “A gigantic and bloodthirsty monster emerges from a lake after its egg is stolen and unleashes its fury on a town’s inhabitants, leaving a trail of destruction and death in its wake. The town of Bueng Kan, now cut off from the outside world, must mobilize its officials and citizens, as well as a group of scientists that are in town conducting research, to catch this predator before it’s too late.”

Check out a brand new trailer ahead of the release of The Lake!

We’ve got a brand new poster for the season premiere of Yellowjackets, which kicks off its second season on March 24. Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Christina Ricci, and Juliette Lewis return, alongside newcomers to the cast Lauren Ambrose, Elijah Wood, and Simone Kessell.

The Showtime series has earned seven Emmy nominations and is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes follows “a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.”

This season promises the debuts of the adult versions of Van (Ambrose) and Lottie (Kessel).

Raven Banner is set to bring us a new action-thriller from director Richard Somes (We Will Not Die Tonight) called Trigger, which has just wrapped production. In the film, “a lonely security guard (Arjo Atayde) previously discharged from the military due to his post-traumatic stress disorder. He finds himself embroiled in a different kind of war when a young woman (Julia Montes) seeks his protection against a corrupt police death squad. While the pair fight for their lives, the man must confront his inner demons to earn his redemption.”

More details on the film as it heads into post-production, but here’s a first image from Trigger!

After the release of a pretty great teaser a few weeks ago, we now have the full first trailer for Donald Glover’s new Amazon series, Swarm, which hits the service on March 17. Co-created by Janine Nabers (Atlanta, HBO’s Watchmen), Swarm follows Dre (Dominique Fishback), whose obsession with a mega-popular pop star quickly turns into a toxic and violent parasocial relationship. Appearing in the series alongside Fishback are Chlöe Bailey, Damson Idris, Rickey Thompson, Paris Jackson, Rory Culkin, Kiersey Clemons, and Byron Bowers. Check out the trailer here before the seven episodes of Swarm hit Amazon Prime on March 17.

Shudder and RLJE Films have acquired the rights to Bomani J. Story’s The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster out of SXSW, according to Variety. Laya DeLeon HayesDenzel Whitaker, and Chad L. Coleman star in the Frankenstein-inspired horror, which “follows a brilliant teenager who believes death is a disease that can be cured. After the brutal and sudden murder of her brother, the teen embarks on a dangerous journey to bring him back to life.”

The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster will come to theatres this summer, and Shudder will release the film on streaming in late 2023.

Deadline reports that the co-creators of the Netflix series Dark, Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, will be producing the adaptation of Something is Killing the Children for Netflix. The Boom! Studios comic on which the series is based is by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera. In Something is Killing the Children, “When the children of Archer’s Peak begin to go missing, everything seems hopeless. Most children never return, but the ones that do have terrible stories—impossible stories of terrifying creatures that live in the shadows. Their only hope of finding and eliminating the threat is the arrival of a mysterious stranger, one who believes the children and claims to see what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters.”

TikTok star Addison Rae has joined the cast of Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving.

Based on the fake trailer that Roth produced for Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s 2007 double-feature Grindhouse, Thanksgiving is the story of a a serial killer who stalks a Massachusetts town on turkey day. Patrick Dempsey is also attached to the feature, which begins shooting here in Toronto next month. Roth will produce and direct from a screenplay by Jeff Rendel.

A remastered version of Fabrice du Welz’s 2004 classic French Extremity horror, Calvaire hit theatres this weekend, with a digital release scheduled for March 3. A physical release in the form of a collector’s edition BluRay is also forthcoming from Yellow Veil Pictures.

In Calvaire, a traveling musician is taken captive by a deranged innkeeper in a deserted rural town. It remains one of the most disturbing films of the genre, and draws heavily on influences like Deliverance and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Du Welz would go on to become one of my favourite directors after this debut.

Calvaire stars  Laurent Lucas, Jackie Berroyer, Philippe Nahon, and Brigitte Lahaie. Check out this trailer for the new remastered version!

Finally, we have a trailer for a brand new documentary on our favourite killer doll this side of M3GAN. Kyra Elise Gardner’s Living With Chucky gives the filmmakers perspective as the daughter of Tony Gardner, whose effects brought Chucky to life on film in the Child’s Play series. The film discusses Chucky’s cultural impact and features interviews with several notable figures that are attached to the seven Chucky films and the TV series, including Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, Don Mancini, Christine Elise McCarthy, and Fiona Dourif.

Take a look at the trailer for Living With Chucky, which comes to North America on April 4 via Screambox and digital rental.

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