Saw II-IV helmer Darren Lynn Bousman – who’s also known for directing the cult horror/rock musical, Repo! The Genetic Opera – intends to scare the socks off moviegoers with his new supernatural horror flick 11-11-11: a thriller based on the beliefs of the 11:11 movement.
Previously-released teasers for Bousman’s film have primarily focused on playing up the ominous implications of its premise (ie. that the appearance of the number 11 signifies an attempt by spiritual beings to communicate with regular people) – and featuring flashes of creepily unnerving imagery. The new full-length trailer for 11-11-11 doesn’t vary from that approach.
One thing that 11-11-11 does seem to have going for it is Bousman’s decision to rely heavily on practical tools (costumes, monster makeup, etc.) and actual spooky locations for atmospheric effect. While that move was probably in part due to the writer/director having a comparatively small budget to work with, it nonetheless allows the film to visually harken back to menacing old-school horror tales like The Exorcist – and not come off as just another cheesy CGI-fest in these early previews.
Here is an official synopsis for 11-11-11:
In the film, after the tragic death of his wife and child, famed American author Joseph Crone (Timothy Gibbs) travels from the United States to Barcelona, Spain to reunite with his estranged brother Samuel (Michael Landes) and dying father, Richard (Denis Rafter). However, fate has a different plan for Joseph as his life becomes plagued with strange happenings, and the constant sightings of the number 11. Curiosity quickly turns to obsession, and Joseph soon realizes that this number holds a horrific meaning not only to himself but possibly to all of religion. Isolated in a foreign country with only the support of his companion, Sadie, Joseph soon realizes that 11/11/11 is more than just a date, it’s a WARNING!
Now check out the new 11-11-11 trailer below:
This new 11-11-11 theatrical preview does a good job of teasing the film’s actual plot in a fashion that gets your attention, but doesn’t reveal too many (if any) of the film’s secrets. While the recently-released Paranormal Activity 3 left many a moviegoer annoyed by its somewhat controversial marketing scheme, 11-11-11 appears to be much more straightforward in its approach. That is to say, the final product will definitely boast all the macabre visuals and narrative twists hinted at in its trailers.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a strong possibility that 11-11-11 will amount to a hokey wannabe scarefest that looks and feels mostly like a glorified direct-to-DVD horror B-movie (re: cheap). That’s not to mention, Bousman also doesn’t exactly boast the greatest track record as a filmmaker, seeing how he’s better known for crafting graphic – but not chilling – horror flicks.
On the other hand: there is definitely an audience which would go for a weirdly (accidental) campy supernatural thriller. So even if 11-11-11 fails to be legitimately scary, that doesn’t mean it will be devoid of any entertainment value.
11-11-11 is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on (you guessed it) November 11th, 2011.
Source: Yahoo! Movies