Sator Trailer Promises to Please Fans of Atmospheric Supernatural Horror

I watch a lot of horror trailers. Any time I hear about a movie that seems even remotely interesting, I check out the trailer to see if I should put the film on my to-watch list. All too often, it ends up being filled with predictable jump scares and cliched imagery we’ve all seen a million times before, so I just ignore it and go on with my life.

But not this time. Jordan Graham’s Sator originally premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival back in 2019, so I don’t know why it’s only being released to the public now, but I’m glad it finally is. The film follows a family that comes to realize they’re being influenced by an evil presence named Sator, and it looks like it’s going to be a real treat for fans of atmospheric supernatural horror.

For starters, it’s dripping with an A24-like ambiance from beginning to end, so even shots that should be innocuous, like a slug crawling on the ground or a guy walking through the woods, make you feel like something evil is lurking in the shadows just outside your line of sight.

What’s more, it also has one of the creepiest voice-overs I’ve ever heard. It’s genuinely chilling, both for what it says and for how the voice says it. It has a seductively sinister, cultish tone that feeds right into the eerie atmosphere, and it uses phrases lifted straight out of the Bible (like “he is a consuming fire” and “there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed”) to emphasize just how evil and irresistible Sator really is.

And on top of all that, this trailer also features some really creepy and tantalizing imagery. It has a few tried and true shots that we’ve seen countless times before, like a monstrous hand coming out from behind a door and a creepy person in a bizarre mask, but it combines them with some cool new ideas to keep them from feeling stale. In particular, I’m really intrigued by the photo that shows multiple creatures in the woods and the weird bone-monster at the end. What could those things be? And how do they fit in with the demonic themes hinted at by the voice-over?

Thankfully, we don’t have to wait long to find out. Sator hits VOD on February 9, so here’s hoping the movie lives up to the promise of its trailer.

So what do you think of the trailer for Sator? Do you agree with JP that the film looks set to please fans of atmospheric supernatural horror? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by JP Nunez

JP Nunez is a lifelong horror fan. From a very early age, he learned to love monsters, ghosts, and all things spooky, and it's still his favorite genre today.

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