Renée Zellweger Opens Shocking ‘Case 39′ Trailer

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2010 at 12:54 am,

Case 39 Trailer Renée Zellweger Opens Shocking Case 39 Trailer

Case 39 has been in production since 2006, having faced numerous delays and a massive Halloween-day studio fire in Vancouver. However, Paramount Pictures has just released a new Case 39 trailer, increasing the likelihood of the film making it to theaters on October 1st – the latest in a long line of release dates.

Case 39 was directed by Christian Alvart and stars Renée Zellweger, Bradley Cooper, Ian McShane, and go-to creepy child actress Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill). The film will kick-off the annual Halloween box-office ahead of other jump-out-of-your-seat productions such as Paranormal Activity 2 and Saw 3D.

In case you haven’t been following the film, through it’s four year production:

“In CASE 39, family services social worker Emily Jenkins (Renée Zellweger) thinks she has seen it all… until she meets 10-year old Lilith Sullivan (Jodelle Ferland) and the child’s cruel and dangerous parents.  Her worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to harm Lily, their only daughter.  Frightened for her life, Emily enlists the help of Detective Mike Barron (Ian McShane) and takes Lily in while she continues the search for the perfect foster family.  Just as it seems as though Lily is on her way to a more loving home, under the guidance of Emily and psychiatrist (Bradley Cooper), dark forces surrounding this young girl come to light and, little do they know, their attempts to protect her will only bring on greater horror…”

Check out the Case 39 trailer below:

The trailer is a recut version of an earlier Case 39 trailer from late 2009:

A lot of people have written-off Case 39, and the numerous delays are certainly hard to overlook but the film has managed to gross close to $15 million overseas. While Paramount hasn’t disclosed the Case 39 budget, it couldn’t have been too costly – even with a solid amount of star power and high production values. Given what we can see in the trailer as well as its release window, it could do well – with a decent possibility of wooing scary movie fans and early Halloween horror moviegoers alike.

Case 39 Onesheet Renée Zellweger Opens Shocking Case 39 Trailer

Case 39 has traversed a rough road to American cinemas. In addition to numerous production delays, mostly negative critical reception overseas, the Spanish version of the film was leaked to torrent sites.  The jury is definitely still out on Case 39. Critics overseas were not particularly kind to the production.

An early Halloween season release is about the film’s best shot, as audiences aren’t looking for Oscar-worthy performances or emotional character journeys – they’re looking to hover for two hours on the edge of their seats.

Will Case 39 deliver? We’ll know when it opens in US theaters on October 1st.

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  1. I don’t understand, I’ve already seen this movie :/ not very good btw

    • Case 39 was initially schedule for a 2008 US release but was delayed. Last year it opened in Australia, the UK, and several other regions.

      Basically, Paramount has been waiting for the right time to release the film (which they’re probably not particularly confident in) – and have essentially held out until Halloween (when the bar is the lowest for scary films).

    • WTF? I’ve seen it too- and no, it wasn’t that good. When I came across it I figured it was an older movie that got B-listed or went straight to DVD because I’d never even heard of it. Looks like they’ve a two problems on their hands now… a delayed trailer and a premature release. REALLY premature, apparently. Any chance I’ll like it more the second time around?

  2. What? Here in Mexico the film opened almost a year ago.

  3. Sorry I should read the comments before writing.

  4. Not one scary moment in that trailer..Case 39 looks more like the Number 23..

  5. Yeah, I think it s avaiable on DVD in some places in the U.S.

  6. Ok.

    Firstly when you see a trailer that is this long with this many snap edits you know the movie isnt that good, because they have just showed you every major scene in the movie to try to entice you to go see it.
    I’m surprised this hasnt gone direct to DVD.

    Secondly, horror fans arent drawn to a horror film becuase there is an academy award winner in it, and zellwigger hardly a horror draw. putting big stars in horror films dont do well to compensate for a bad script, such as Bullock in “Premonition”, Swank in “The Reaping”, Bassinger in “Bless the child”, etc

    The other thing that struck me about this was all of the horror gimmicks that were stolen from other movies. the Flies from amityville, the halucinations from poltergiest and the swelling door, sinking into the bed, etc.

    I havent seen this movie, so i cant comment on it directly but the trailer suggests to be that i probably wont watch it even when it comes to cable.

  7. Um, guys? The go-to creepy child actress is called Jodelle Ferland, as the press release bit makes clear; her character in this movie is Lilith Sullivan. It’s proofreading 101.

    • Omri,

      Thanks for pointing out that error, it’s been corrected. Although the snark was unnecessary.

      “Ken Gay” – in case that was really a spoiler I deleted your comment. And what’s with using a dozen different user names to comment here on the site, anyway?


      • it wasnt a spoiler cuz ive never seen the movie vic. but its my theory since the parents are trying to send the girl to hell and everyone around her dies…and Cooper dies by those Bees???

        and about the dozen names: i dont want to look like a regular on the site and make perminant friends or enemies. with different names i can state my honest opinion no matter who im debating with without lookin like a backstabber by turning on someone i had once agreed with. i dont want people to see me as that one guy who said this about that movie. then thoughts become biased. plus i get bored with the names

        • Ken,

          Ah, OK. Some folks said they’ve seen the movie, so I thought maybe you had. I’ve re-published your comment.



    hows that for a spoiler? :) lol

  9. Thanks for the spoiler Mr Gay, you just spoiled it for me. Thanks a lot.

    • Darren, he hasn’t seen the movie – he’s goofing.


    • sorry man it wasnt a spoiler it was a guess at whats gonna happen

      other theories of mine: in the upcoming movie Devil, the guy with the red tie is the devil.

      • Wrong, it’s the woman who gets bitten. :-)

      • Hhahaa Ken, now I get you. Yeah, for some reason, I think it’s the girl.

  10. Ive seen this & while its no masterpiece it is a nifty lil thriller, I did enjoy it enuff 2 recommend but you cant please everybody.

  11. This is my first time reading about this film, but if it was released overseas FIRST, then there is no doubt an ENGLISH pirated version of it by now. Even so, it’s in my personal gray area of movies. Movies I wouldn’t pay to see at the theater, but I MIGHT rent it when it comes out on DVD (netflix).

  12. I’ve seen this movie twice. I live in the USA and was puzzled when HULU ran ads for the movie. I watch a ot of movies online and I guess I saw this one back in 2008 and thout it was already released in the USA. The movie is not great and not bad, just a regular scary type movie.

    It was so stupid of them not to release this when they could have. I know I won’t see it again But then again I never go to movies unless it’s social or family related, or if I think the movie will be really good. I saw ‘how to train your dragon’ and that was well worth it.

  13. Rofl Ken gay is hilarious all u ppls are silly

  14. Ok so I just saw this movie and I am pissed. The tv trailers made it seem that this is a supernatural film about demons tormenting a young girl and those around her….This movie is far from that. The original trailers I saw totally led me to believe this was a completely different film than it is and it’s not just a “twist,” it’s a totally different movie.