Horror is hard. You want to scare the audience, and you don’t want to go the torture porn/slasher route. Judging by the trailer, “Dark Skies”goes for the haunted house/possession subgenre. But don’t expect “Dark Skies” to be the next Shining or Exorcist. I saw the following trailer in theaters yesterday:
You know your horror movie is broken when the audience laughs at the previews as much as they did at the screening I attended. What starts out as a standard (if a bit cliché) horror movie set up quickly takes a turn for the comic when Mrs. Barret (played by Felicity star Keri Russel) finds her husband (played by 1992 daytime emmy winner Josh Hamilton) standing unresponsive in the family’s backyard at night. She approaches as J. K. Simmons’s voice-over warns them about strange behavior and loss of control. She places her hand on her husband’s shoulder, turns to face him and sees…
It only gets sillier from there, as moments later we see Keri Russel banging her head against a glass window with complete disinterest.
On the bright side, it will probably be funnier than A Haunted House.