As far as movie marketing goes, horror fans know that today, Friday the 13th, is strictly reserved for promoting frightening films. Which oddly applies to Josh Boone’s X-Men film, The New Mutants, as you can clearly see in the first trailer below -- which just dropped on the very first minute of this fateful day.
Granted, we’ve expected as much about Boone’s (The Fault in Our Stars) upcoming spinoff since at least May, when the writer/director described the film as a “full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe.”
Further solidifying the film’s horror cred, 20th Century Fox CEO went ahead and compared New Mutants to one of the genre’s all-time greats: “The genre is like a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers. We haven’t seen it as a superhero movie whose genre is more like The Shining than ‘we’re teenagers let’s save the world.’”
Now, thanks to today’s first trailer, we can see exactly what they’ve been talking about …
Like many a good horror movie, the film takes place with limited locations. In this case it’s a secret facility where the five fledgling mutants are being held against their will. Even while the teens are just beginning to understand their powers, a time when mutants are at their most dangerous, they must harness their abilities to save themselves. And they’ll likely need some helpful team-building exercises, as well.
The all-star team consists of Henry Zaga (Teen Wolf) as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, who can shapeshift into a wolf (which seems appropriate for Arya Stark).
X-Men: The New Mutants opens wide Apr. 13, 2018. Now that you’ve seen the first trailer, are you all in?