Based on the X-Men spinoff of the same name, The New Mutants features five young mutants (duh) trapped in a facility testing their fledgling powers. These five mutants try to use their powers to escape this facility. Along the way, it looks like we might get a cool mutant-centered horror movie.
This trailer might as well be your typical Halloween-style teaser, full of jump scares, dark sets, and pretty kids with terrified expressions. It tries hard to instill a sense of terror. I have to say, it’s an interesting concept, and one I’m surprised hasn’t happened already. Between the powers mutants wield and the government forces constantly out to eliminate and/or exploit them, the X-Men universe has a lot of horror potential.
The New Mutants made their first appearance in Marvel Graphic Novel #4 in 1982, the first of several spin-offs following the success of Uncanny X-Men. They starred in their own title from 1983-1991. The New Mutants was announced by 20th Century Fox in 2015.
Here’s hoping the movie turns out well, because I’d love to see superhero horror movies catch on. FX’s Legion did a lot to show what superhero horror is capable of. Between this movie and next year’s Venom, we have a couple solid chances to continue the trend.
The New Mutants is scheduled to hit theaters on April 13, 2018. The film stars Maisie Williams, Ana Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.