I am still not convinced at the new title of Marcus Nispel’s (Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw Massacre) latest horror Exeter (formerly the much more enticing Backmask), but now we can finally get a proper look at the film by way of a trailer.
A few months ago the rather exciting opening credits for the film were released, but this here trailer is not very well put together, badly edited and feels like its really lacking in just about everything. There are no true scares, no urgency, no punch, and there is a terrible mixture of horror and comedy which looks painfully awkward.
The trailer has a couple of interesting teases, but on the whole this is a major let down to what sounded like an exciting horror. Being this is the Chinese trailer, maybe a more effective US trailer is due shortly.
Exeter is co-written and directed by Marcus Nispel. The film is also co-written by Kirsten Elms and produced by Steven Schneider (Insidious, Paranormal Activity, The Lords of Salem, The Bay) along with Terry Douglas and Paris Kasidokostas Latsis. The cast includes Brittany Curran (The Uninvited), Gage Golightly, Stephen Lang (Avatar, Conan the Barbarian, “Terra Nova”), Kelly Blatz (Prom Night, From Within), Brett Dier, Nick Nicotera (Bitten), Nick Nordella (Greenberg) and Michael Ormsby (The Brothers Solomon)
During a sex, drugs, and rock-fueled party, six small-town teenagers find an old vintage record and decide to play it backwards in order to listen for any subliminal/satanic messages. Lo and behold, a seemingly malevolent spirit quickly infiltrates the group, wreaking havoc as it moves from one body to another. Eventually, however, it’s revealed that the spirit in question is actually trying to convey a message….and that the real source of horror isn’t particularly paranormal, but rather something (or someone) much closer to home.