The STOPMOTION Trailer Turns Stop-Motion Animation Into A Nightmare

Robert Morgan's upcoming horror film uses stop-motion animation to skin-crawling effect.

By Scott Wampler · @ScottWamplerRIP · January 24, 2024, 1:31 PM PST

Today brings us the first trailer for a new horror movie by the name of Stopmotion. Directed by Robert Morgan (who co-wrote the screenplay with Robin King), the film revolves around a stop-motion animator by the name of Ella whose latest project might just be driving her to the brink of madness. Given how tedious and time-consuming the stop-motion animation process is, we have no trouble wrapping our heads around this logline.

Let's take a look at that trailer...

Great googly moogly! Stop-motion animation has always struck me as somewhat unsettling (there's just something uncanny about the way stop-motion characters move), and it would appear that the people behind Stopmotion tend to agree. I would not want to wake up with one of those things standing at the foot of my bed ... but I am curious to find out how freaky things get in Morgan's film. Consider us sold, IFC Films!

Here's an official plot synopsis, should you require one:

"Ella Blake [Aisling Franciosi] is a stop-motion animator who is struggling to control her demons after the loss of her overbearing mother. Suddenly alone in the world, she embarks upon the creation of a macabre new puppet film, which soon becomes the battleground for her sanity. As Ella’s mind starts to fracture, the characters in her animated film take on a terrifying life of their own, and the unleashed power of her imagination threatens to destroy her."

According to the press release we received, IFC Films will drop Stopmotion (which also stars Tom York and Stella Gonet) into theaters on February 23rd, which is just around the corner. You have that long to prepare for the stop-motion puppet uprising, and we suggest that you use your time wisely; these things look squirrelly. And dangerous.

Stay tuned for further updates on Stopmotion as they roll in, folks.