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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Can't be much better than The Fourth Kind and certainly no better than the Dark Skies TV Show. 15 years on and I still harbour hate that Dark Skies was cancelled.

Aw, saw the title and thought I was getting a new series of the awesome Dark Skies from the 90's..... turns out it's not (hey if they can bring MCoG back after 29 years, why not Dark Skies?)

Me too - was so disappointed they ended it on a cliffhanger and then it was cancelled!

Yay, Keri Russell is still around!

Why do I get the feeling the twist will be that they're aliens

Man.. I also thought it was a possible reboot of the awesome series from the 90's. Bummer.

Creepy kids, strange conspiracies, a descent into madness, birds hitting the window and a hollywood actor in the form of Mr JK Simmons all adds up to a cliche. (The Donald Sutherland's impression and the head banging on window made me laugh tho.)

...and I was confusing it with Night Skies, the nixed screenplay Spielberg was working on before it became the more family friendly E.T.

Dark Skies was a quality TV show, well ahead of its time. Yup, like Prophet and Millennium far ahead of its time.

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