Trailer Time: “THE VOICES”; Cronenberg’s “MAPS TO THE STARS”Movies/TV,News Ken W. Hanley
For the longest time, the phrase “psychological horror” was used to define horror films that didn’t have a physically definable threat, and thus could be attributed to paranoia or schizophrenia. But now, this writer feels that psychological horror has become a much broader term, encapsulating any horror project that deals with the many strange happenings of the human brain. Otherwise, that term wouldn’t be lobbied around to projects as radically different as Marjane Satrapi’s THE VOICES and David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS, both of which dropped new trailers today.
MAPS TO THE STARS, a controversial entry into Fango EIC Chris Alexander’s Best of 2014 List, definitely falls into the old-school definition of psychological horror. Cerebral, hallucinatory and disturbing in its portrayal of colliding human conditions, MAPS TO THE STARS appears to prey on the most terrifying fears of all: the ones we seek out. And in that case, what place is more nightmarish than Hollywood, an institution built upon tragedy, expiration and broken dreams? Cronenberg looks to be in top form once again, and you can see for yourself below; the film hits cinemas February 27th from Focus Features.
On the other hand, THE VOICES definitely falls into the latter definition of psychological horror. Playing with the concept of multiple personalities and serial killer compulsions humorously, THE VOICES seems to carry its horror roots as a badge of honor throughout. And while this Ryan Reynolds-starring vehicle is anything but subtle, I’m fascinated to see just how far the weirdness of the project will go. THE VOICES hits theaters/VOD on February 6th from Lionsgate.