The folks behind the upcoming SF/horror flick Dark Skies have been responsible for some of the creepiest movies in recent memory. The film’s producers have worked on films such as Insidious, Sinister, and the ridiculously successful Paranormal Activity movies. While the quality of their movies has certainly varied, there’s no doubt that they have a proven knack when it comes to scaring the pee out of moviegoers. Now they’re applying that talent to the tropes and mythology behind supposed alien abductions. In this case, that means causing former Felicity actress Keri Russell to have some really, really bad days.
The thing that really gets my attention here is J.K. Simmons in the role of a Mysterious UFO Expert. Honestly, Simmons could be playing a six-year-old girl and I’d buy a ticket. Actually, I’d probably pay extra to see that.
The trailer is definitely creepy, but past would-be fright flicks have long since proven that a creepy trailer does not a good horror movie make. It’s been a while since we’ve had a really good alien abduction flick, though, so hopefully this will be closer to the excellence of Insidious than to, say, the godawful The Fourth Kind.
Dark Skies will arrive in theaters on February 22, 2013.