A trailer recently dropped for the new Blumhouse horror film Thriller from director Dallas Jackson, hitting Netflix this weekend!
The synopsis for Thriller –
“Thriller follows the story of an introverted young man named Chauncey Page who is sent to juvenile hall after he accidentally kills a young woman who is part of a group of tormentors that play a cruel prank on him. Years later he is released and is back for revenge — and blood — as Chauncey (Jason Woods) serves up some murderous karma as the group, now in high school, gets ready for Homecoming. Dressed in a hoodie and a menacing glare, he terrorizes them and picks them off one by one.”
Basically what we have here is the ultimate “it was just a prank bro” movie. A bunch of young folks ganging up together to terrify a clearly gullible and possibly unhinged kid. You know, like one does when they’re young, bored, and get their kicks from bullying the weird kid.
We’ve seen the story of people making mistakes when they’re young and then paying for it in blood done too many times to count, but something here feels a bit off. I can’t really put my finger on it, but this trailer left me with a weird, unsettling vibe. It feels like a throwback to old school slasher flicks with the creepy piano playing throughout. In fact, this whole trailer reminds me of 90’s slasher movies like Urban Legend (1998) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) from the way it’s edited and structured. Although, it might also be Jason Woods performance as Chauncey, or what we see of it in the trailer. He seems to have that whole “man out for blood filled revenge” down.
A lot of slasher movies tend to have a twist to them, where the person who we think is the killer is just a red herring for the real killer. Thriller though looks like it’s going for a very straight-forward approach without any twists or turns. However, that’s just how it seems from the trailer, I could be completely wrong as I so often am.
Alongside Woods, Thriller also stars Mykelti Williamson (The Purge: Election Year), RZA (Ghost Dog), Jessica Allain, (Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation), Luke Tennie (Shock and Awe), Tequan Richmond (Ray), Paige Hurd (A Girl Like Grace), Chelsea Rendon (Bright), Mitchell Edwards (The First Purge), and Pepi Sonuga (Ash Vs. Evil Dead).