Kevin Durand fights a horrifying, deadly creature in first Dark Was the Night official trailer

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May 13, 2015, 4:25 PM EDT (Updated)

A first official trailer for a little upcoming summer horror movie called Dark Was the Night has finally been released!

The creature feature -- which was screened last year during Screamfest Horror Film Festival on Oct. 16 -- stars Kevin Durand (The Strain, Vikings) and Lukas Haas (Inception, Touch) as a small-town sheriff and his deputy who are facing off a murderous creature hiding in the woods. Well, in that case, no longer hiding in the woods. Check it out:

Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:

Maiden Woods is a remote and quiet town of decent, hard-working people, but something stirs in the dark woods surrounding this isolated community. After a logging company decimates an area of the forest, a rash of increasingly violent and unexplainable events transpires. Sheriff Paul Shields (Kevin Durand) and his deputy (Lukas Haas) struggle to confront their own personal demons while facing down a new breed of raw terror that is possibly older than humanity itself… And much, much hungrier.

It’s great to see Durand -- who we're used to see playing the bad guy in most of the stuff he’s been in -- portray one of the good guys for once. Should be fun. I also can’t wait to see what this creature looks like. Seems to me like it’s been a while since we’ve had a good horror movie featuring a creature of some sort instead of vengeful spirits and howling werewolves (gosh, I'm really hoping it's not a werewolf), bloodthirsty vampires and brain-eating zombies. Shock Till You Drop says that it looks like a "handsome, Stephen King-esque tale," and I have to agree. What do you think?

Dark Was the Night is set to be released in theaters on July 24.