If you like movies like scream, Texas chainsaw, hereditary, It and all the other classic horror movies that send a shiver down your spine, then A classic horror story will give you a fresh taste of terror. Netflix has released the trailer for the Italian horror thriller set to hit the streaming platform on July 14, and this first look delivers the creepiness it promises.
A classic horror story is about five carpoolers who have an unexpected accident during their journey. When they wake up the next morning, they are stranded in the middle of woods with a cabin built there in the middle of nowhere. Now they must fight their way out of the impenetrable forest as the occult horrors from the cabin threaten their lives.
The film’s trailer shows numerous references to multiple horror classics. The trailer starts with a reference to the movie It, where the carpoolers discuss Pennywise. We see a hut as creepy and gruesome as the one in The cabin in the woods and Evil Dead. And then the movie’s central plot revolves around a mysterious demon cult, just like in hereditary. Finally, there are several sequences the trailer delivers that directly refer to scream (when an invisible figure approaches a gagged and tied woman), as well as slasher movies like saw and Texas chainsaw. In addition, the trailer uses the same font as in Halloween. There isn’t really an end to this collection of references in the trailer.
And these references and parallels are not just coincidence. The protagonists of the film themselves refer to the events they experience as a kind of ‘classic horror story’ as in the films, which is also reflected in the titles of the film. As the trailer continues through to the end, we see a gory image that tells us – You feel like you’ve already seen it, making these similarities to previous horror stories more apparent.
The film also mentions the myth of Osso, Masrosso and Carcagnosso. The myth, dating back to the early 15th century in Spain, is a story of three brothers, all men of the Church, who laid down their ethics and morals to avenge the honor of their sisters, who killed a man under the protection of the king had violated. They killed the man and spent thirty years in prison. After their release, they encountered new rules of society and wrote several new entrance rituals, symbols, disciplines and secret formulas, which differed from the traditional ecclesiastical morals and values. Their crime and subsequent work on new social rules are said to mark the ancestry of crime and penal laws. However, the film probably gives this story a more demonic and horrific look, of which nothing is known yet.
Despite these parallels and familiarity with the movies we’ve already seen, A classic horror story feels like an amalgamation worth checking out that would literally crawl the hell out of the audience. No idea what this gritty and dark horror classic is really about, but as the trailer presents it, this could be something very unique and special. Here’s the trailer for A classic horror storycheck it out and you’ll know what we mean.
A classic horror story is directed by the duo Roberto De Feo and Paolo Strippoli. The film will feature an ensemble including Francesco Russo, Peppino Mazzotta, Yulia Sobol, Will Merrick, Alida Baldari Calabria, Cristina Donadio and Matilda Lutz. The film will debut on Netflix on July 14, 2021 as a stream-only adventure.