Making trailers is tough. If you show too much of the film, you’ll spoil it, but if you show too little, you won’t entice viewers to watch your movie. Trailer makers have to find the perfect Goldilocks balance between those two extremes, and I’m happy to say that the trailer for Night’s End does exactly that.
Plot details are mainly being kept under wraps right now, but here’s what we do know about the film:
In Night’s End, an anxious shut-in unwittingly moves into a haunted apartment and hires a mysterious stranger to perform an exorcism which takes a horrific turn.
Admittedly, that might sound a bit generic, but it’s probably just because the plot synopsis is so vague. It doesn’t tell us much about what to expect, so pretty much all we know is that this is going to be a haunted house movie that involves an exorcism
The trailer doesn’t help us much in this area either, and to be frank, I prefer it that way. I don’t need to know specific plot details to be interested in a horror film. As long as the scares and the atmosphere look promising, I’m already sold, and that’s where the Night’s End trailer excels.
Sure, it doesn’t show us anything super original, but the well-worn genre tropes it does preview are all executed really well. It has quiet, subtle scares and a few seemingly well-earned jump scares too, so this movie promises to be the kind of effective creepfest that will get under your skin and stick with you long after the credits roll.
On top of all that, this trailer also introduces us to a really cool main character. We barely know anything about him, but just from these 90 seconds alone, I already like him. He seems like the kind of everyman protagonist you just can’t help but root for, so I’m excited to spend an entire film with him.
Simply put, Night’s End looks awesome, so if it’s as good as the trailer suggests, we’re in for a real treat. The movie comes out on Shudder on March 31, and you can bet I’ll be keeping that day open so I can watch this film as soon as possible.