Many people were not sure what to think when it was announced by director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars, Stuck in Love) that next movie in the X-Men series, New Mutants, would be a horror film. Many of those doubts were put to rest when the spooky trailer dropped back in October, which depicts 5 young mutants trying to escape a secret medical facility while also dealing with their powers.
The film looks to be essentially a haunted house movie where the victims just happen to have mutant powers. This terrifying tone has been reinforced via the New Mutants Instagram account, featuring moving photos that tease characters from the film.
Yesterday, we we treated to a tease of the film’s main antagonist The Demon Bear through one of these vignettes. Fox wasn’t done, as today we got our first official poster for the film with the caption:
The only thing you have to fear… is yourself.
What a better way cement the horror tone of this film than to pay homage to a classic, as most horror fans will instantly recognize the same effect that was used in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Most of the teases we’ve gotten are vague, but one detail displayed is the feral teeth of Wolfsbane, a mutant who can turn into into a wolf played by Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams.
There’s still 4 months until the release of New Mutants, which is plenty of time to get insight into the rest of the team which includes Anya Taylor-Joy as Ilyana Rasputin/Magik, Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, and Henry Zaga as Roberto de Costa/Sunspot. Between the character teases and the creepy new poster, there’s a lot to be excited about the new X-Men Universe film that is fully embracing the hottest genre in film right now.
We’ve already seen what Fox did with a Western tone in Logan, let’s see how they fare this time around with horror. New Mutants hits theaters April 13th, 2018.