Simon Pegg and Nick Frost join forces yet again in the trailer for the upcoming horror-comedy Slaughterhouse Rulez. The project further reunites Pegg with his A Fantastic Fear of Everything writer/director Crispian Mills, who cowrote his latest film with relative newcomer Henry Fitzherbert.
Slaughterhouse Rulez takes place at the not-so-encouragingly-named Slaughterhouse School: an elite boarding academy where the students maintain a rather strict pecking order. However, everything changes when a fracking company operating in the school's coveted woodland inadvertently uncovers a massive sinkhole and, in the process, lets some rather dangerous monsters into our world. As such, Slaughterhouse's pupils and teachers alike must set their differences aside and work together, if any of them are to make it out of this terrifying situation in one piece.
Sony UK has now released a trailer for Slaughterhouse Rulez that introduces the film's characters and plot, while also teasing its efforts to smoothly blend laughs with genuine scares. Among the main players here are Pegg as the mild-mannered Slaughterhouse teacher Meredith Houseman, Frost as the fracking operation's oblivious foreman, Woody, Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex) as Slaughterhouse's headmaster aka. The Bat, and Asa Butterfield (The Space Between Us) as Willoughby Blake, a student who understand his school's unforgiving social structure all too well. Watch the trailer in the space above, then check out the movie's poster below.
Unlike their previous efforts together on Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End) and 2011's Greg Mottola sci-fi comedy Paul, Pegg and Frost didn't cowrite Slaughterhouse Rulez in addition to starring. Even so, Pegg has noted that the film is similar to his and Frost's collaborations past, in the way that it blends genre tropes and broad humor with social/political commentary. Specifically, Pegg has described Slaughterhouse Rulez as being "a big metaphor for the U.K. privatizing things" that serves up the kind of "ridiculous, sloppy horror" that falls very much in the pair's wheelhouse, next to Shaun of the Dead and World's End in particular.
Judging by the trailer, Slaughterhouse Rulez has the same distinctly British feel as Pegg and Frost's previous comedy efforts, if not the same sharp direction and visual sensibility of their collaborations with Wright especially. Similarly, the preview was seemingly edited to play up Pegg and Frost's prominence in the film, even though it sounds like the actual movie focuses more on the Slaughterhouse students than their superiors. All the same, its "Harry Potter by way of horror-comedy" premise has potential and the film itself may yet make for a light-hearted bit of spooky fun, when it hits UK theaters on Halloween Day, in a couple of months.
Slaughterhouse Rulez does not have an official U.S. release date yet.
Source: Sony Pictures Releasing UK