Now, you know me and you know I love my scary movies and I know I say I’m excited to see a lot of films, but this is so true for The Long Walk, which is Lao-based director Mattie Do’s third feature film. Why? Let’s watch the trailer together and I’ll break it down for you:
Okay, so right off the bat I know this film has a chance of actually scaring me (have I mentioned I’ve only ever been scared of like two films?). Horror films do not normally scare me, but this one opens with a kid and if you’re a fan of the genre you know that kids in horror films are creepy and are about to bring about some messed up things. So, when the kid says at ten seconds in that he is going to take me to see something I’m thinking I need to grab some salt, holy water, and a weapon that can be used from far away. Let’s keep going and see what creepy is talking about.
“Don’t be afraid,” sounds like something that is said exactly when I should be afraid. Then he asks if I want him to bury my corpse here. Oh, no. If this were real life, I’m sorry I probably would have knocked him down and run away. But I am safely away from him in my apartment. So I will keep watching.
36 seconds in: now we have a ghost and an adult who can see the ghost, too, and he is saying maybe she wanted us to meet. Scary kid? Check. Ghost who can manipulate shit? Check. Yes, this is feeling like a spooky film. So what’s next?
59 seconds in: a woman is missing and people can see creepy kid walking with the ghost woman only they don’t know it is a ghost. Sounds like the set up for a great urban (or village) legend to me.
1:07 in: both the creepy kid and the man say that they were there when she died but one thinks she died 50 years ago…is there more than one ghost? How is this possible?
1:16 in: now the ghost woman is drawing a line in the sand and again I would be running in the other direction but this creepy is … willingly crossing the line!? No! What are you doing?!
You know is missing from this movie? Time travel. Oh, wait. 1:23 in: boom. Time travel.
1:36 in: “Do you understand?” No. No, I don’t but you can put I hurriedly put in a request for a screener of The Long Walk as soon as I finished writing about this trailer.
Here is the trailer in its entirety so you can see for yourself.
The Long Walk will be in theaters February 18 and available on digital and on-demand March 1. Be sure to come back here to read my review.