“At last, we found the place where we can be safe,” is a proclamation that should be taken with a big ol’ grain of salt when uttered in horror movies. Especially when accompanied by ominous music and creepy shots of the supposed safe haven looking like an actual factory where nightmares are made. And so begins the trailer for upcoming horror flick, Marrowbone.
The film, which premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, is the directorial debut of Sergio G. Sánchez, writer of 2007’s The Orphanage. Which bodes well, considering that was a very effective horror-drama with an engaging story to boot. In Marrowbone, the action is set around a group of four kids living in the aforementioned nightmare factory, harboring a dark secret and some spooky uninvited guests. The official synopsis goes like this:
A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.
I’ve obviously chosen a much more apt description for their house, but I guess “sprawling manor” will suffice. The kids are played by George MacKay (Captain Fantastic), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things), Mia Goth (A Cure For Wellness), and pint-sized newcomer Matthew Stagg.
The Witch‘s Anya Taylor-Joy rounds out the cast in a role not specified by the trailer, but appears to be canoodling with one of the Marrowbones, judging by the photo below (“you have no idea what you’re getting into” one character warns her about the family). The actress continues her dominance of genre films here, after appearing in M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (as well as its recently-wrapped sequel Glass), the upcoming dark comedy Thoroughbreds, and spooky X-Men spinoff The New Mutants.
Marrowbone hits theatres, VOD, iTunes, and Amazon Video all on April 13th.