Dark Skies: first trailer

Trailer Ryan Lambie
22 Nov 2012 - 09:33

The producer of Paranormal Activity explores alien territory in Dark Skies. Here's the first trailer...

We're seeing quite a revival of the ordinary suburban middle class horror subgenre lately, what with the success of the Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious and Sinister.

And with Sinister borrowing several of the 80s classic Poltergeist's ideas, it was probably only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of appropriating some of the creepier moments from Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

So far as we can tell from the trailer below, Dark Skies (produced by, among other people, Paranormal Activity's Jason Blum, and directed by Scott Stewart, of Legion and Priest sort-of-fame) is a cross between an alien visitation movie and a supernatural chiller. There are images of a child enthralled by lights streaming in through a window, objects moving apparently of their own accord, and just to update things a bit, there's a scene where someone does some research on the internet.

Starring Dakota Goyo, Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and JK Simmons, Dark Skies looks as though it treads a fine line between creepiness and absurdity - only time will tell if it's as effective as the trailer's better moments imply, but for now, we're quite intrigued.

Dark Skies is out in UK cinemas on the 22nd February 2013.

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