‘Freaks of Nature’ Red Band Trailer: Zombies, Vampires and Aliens Take Over the World
Horror and comedy are two tricky genres on their own, and when combined you have the potential to deliver pure gold (Cabin in the Woods, What We Do in the Shadows) or total mediocrity. Freaks of Nature is the latest entry in the horror comedy sub-genre, a film for which Jonah Hill was once set to make his directorial debut, and judging by the trailer, it could’ve used a little of his particular comedic skill set.
The red band trailer for Freaks of Nature introduces us to the fictional town of Dillford, Ohio, where vampires and zombies co-exist with humans until aliens arrive and a vampire, a zombie and a man are forced to team up to defeat a common enemy. As you can see in the trailer, all foul-mouthed hell has broken loose in the little town, with blood and sexual innuendos and profanity and explosions everywhere you look.
Look, I’m hardly prude, but Freaks of Nature seems like it’s trying a bit too hard to be excessive, from Denis Leary wielding a shotgun to the “close shave” joke and all the buckets of blood in between. But this is just a trailer, after all, and perhaps Freaks of Nature is much better than the basic, crass humor they’re selling.
Hill was attached to direct the film from Oren Uziel’s 2011 Black List script, originally titled Kitchen Sink, but when Hill departed the project, it picked up Natural Selection director Robbie Pickering and got a new title. Here’s the official description:
In Freaks of Nature, we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat – and all of them are on the run from the aliens. It is up to three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this “normal” little town.
Freaks of Nature stars Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Vanessa Hudgens, Denis Leary, Ed Westwick and Cerina Vincent, and with the assistance of Keegan-Michael Key, Bob Odenkirk and Joan Cusack, it really can’t be that bad, right?
We’ll find out when the film hits theaters on October 30.