Thursday, March 31, 2016

Warner Bros. and New Line tease summer horror slate with trailers for 'The Conjuring 2' and 'Lights Out'

Looking at the slate of movies for this summer is actually getting me pretty excited. It's striking how diverse this year's lineup is- there's no glut of action blockbusters or tentpoles, with everything expertly spread out over the four month frame. There are some big superhero movies (Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad), sci-fi blockbusters (Independence Day: Resurgence, Star Trek Beyond), adult dramas (Money Monster, Free State of Jones), raunchy comedies (The Nice Guys, Sausage Party, Popstar, War Dogs), animated flicks (Finding Dory, Angry Birds) and even more. There are also some pretty promising horror flicks on the horizon, with New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. leading the way with two major releases. First up, the studios will release The Conjuring 2 on June 10. A hotly anticipated sequel to the beloved 2013 flick, The Conjuring 2 will move the action to England with director James Wan back at the helm. Check out the main trailer below.

The Conjuring is one of the most impressive horror films in recent years, able to conjure (pun intended) up scare after scare for a thrilling ride. James Wan has a lot to live up to with this sequel, but from the looks of the trailer, there's a good chance that he's delivered another spooky chiller. Based on the famous Enfield Poltergeist case, The Conjuring 2 once again appears to be a mix of classic scares with period flair, giving the series a distinct flavor. The relationship between Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga's Ed and Lorraine Warren was the backbone of the original, and I like the way that Wan is emphasizing that again this time around. Overall, horror sequels aren't usually a good move, but if any film can buck that trend, it's this one. With a cast that includes Wilson, Farmiga, Franka Potente, Frances O'Connor, Simon McBurney, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Madison Wolfe and Steve Coulter, The Conjuring 2 hits theaters on June 10. Now, check out the trailer for the other summer offering from WB/New Line, David Sandberg's Lights Out.

Lights Out is based off Sandberg's short film of the same name, and oddly enough, I've actually seen the short before. I remember watching the short in theater class last year around Halloween (shout out to Mr. Seagroves), and it mesmerized and terrified me in equal measure. We received no introduction to the short film, and everyone was left covering their eyes and gripping their chairs as the two minutes unfolded. It's a great piece of work, and I encourage everyone to check it out. According to reports from inside the studio, Sandberg's feature-length adaptation has been testing great with audiences and could turn into a late-summer hit. This is a solid trailer, effectively introducing the concept to a new audience. If Sandberg is able to sustain the fear that he packed into the short in a full-length movie, then you can count Lights Out as one of my most anticipated movies of the summer. Lights Out stars Teresa Palmer, Maria Bello, Billy Burke, Emily Alyn Lind and Alicia Vela-Bailey and will debut on July 22.

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