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The King of Horror Comedy Takes Center Stage In This Week's Three Trailers

By Jen Maravegias | Film | October 20, 2023 |

By Jen Maravegias | Film | October 20, 2023 |


Spooky Season (Official) is coming to a close, so I better clear the last of the scary movie trailers off my desktop, or clowns will eat me.

The found footage franchise, Hell House LLC, has a new entry coming to Shudder on Halloween Eve. Hell House LLC Origins: The Carmichael Manor is set in 2021 and follows a group of internet sleuths to the site of the infamous, unsolved 1989 Carmichael family murders. Of course, whoever this Scooby Gang is will run into some clown-based horror.

Hell House LLC Origins: The Carmichael Manor will be screened at New York’s IFC Center theater on Tuesday, October 24, and begin streaming on Shudder on the 30th.

More horrible and less fantastical is A24’s newly announced Jonathan Glazer (Under The Skin) film, The Zone Of Interest. It’s loosely based on Martin Amis’ novel by the same name about Rudolf Höss, the commandant of Auschwitz, and his perfectly normal, perfectly Nazi, family. It’s easy to talk about the banality of evil, but it takes a very special talent for disassociation to live a life of luxury in a beautiful house right next door to a concentration camp.

The Zone Of Interest stars Sandra Hüller, Christian Friedel, and Ralph Herforth, and opens in theaters in the US on December 8th.

In a twisted, punny take on It’s A Wonderful Life, writer Michael Kennedy (Freaky) and director Tyler MacIntyre (V/H/S/99) give Justin Long a gruesome opportunity to defend his title as a King of the Horror-Comedy genre in It’s A Wonderful Knife.

It’s A Wonderful Knife also stars Jane Widdop (Yellowjackets), Jess McLeod (The Unforgivable), Joel McHale, Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps), and William B. Davis (The X-Files). It will be released in theaters on November 10th.

Because I can’t resist Nic Cage, no matter how bad the movie looks, this week’s lagniappe is the trailer for Butcher’s Crossing. It might have already come and gone “in select theaters,” so you should probably just keep an eye out for it on your streaming apps. Who knows where it might turn up? Have you ever done a general search for Nic Cage movies? There are so. many. And now, this is one of them.