As the new trailer for Captive State begins, it looks like any other on-the-verge-of-the-apocalypse thriller. The trailer echoes the rhetoric of our President, speaking of low crime rates, poverty, and unemployment. The phrase, “Give Thanks”, repeats over and over again while images of a country in ruin flash on the screen. Then, human beings are forcibly fitted with some kind of collar. Something isn’t right here. Lo and behold, a giant alien spaceship slowly makes it way on-screen, hovering over a football stadium. Folks, the alien invasion is here and it doesn’t look so good for humanity.



Captive State takes place in a Chicago neighborhood ten years after aliens have taken over Earth. The film’s website says that film will cover those working with the alien invaders, and those fighting against them. The aliens are attempting to create a utopia. But as most of us have been in books and films, that isn’t really possible.


Captive State is directed by  (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and written by Erica Beeney. It will star John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Ashton Saunders (Moonlight), and Jonathan Majors (White Boy Rick).

Along with the trailer, Captive State has a website that echoes a real news site, reporting crime stats and “latest news updates”. It even has an Instagram widget that shows everyone’s favorite likable photos, but with a little something extra in the background: an alien spaceship. It has the eerie feel of a propaganda website, something that we may even see today (sans the aliens, of course).

The marketing for Captive State is stellar so far, but I’m also a sucker for website goes deeper than just embedding the trailer.

Captive State comes to theatres in the United States on March 29th, 2019. Focus Features is distributing the film. What do you think of the trailer? Does the website get you as hype as me? Let us know on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!


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