As if we needed another reason to be afraid of the dark. A new trailer for "Vanishing on 7th Street," which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, just hit the Internet, and we're definitely planning on staying away from creepy dark places for at least the next hour.
Director Brad Anderson, who is responsible for thrillers like "The Machinist" and "Transsiberian," earned himself some mixed reviews when "Vanishing on 7th Street" was shown at Toronto, but we like what we see in the trailer. Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo star in the thriller that follows the survivors of mysterious blackouts in Detroit. When they wake up, they find out that everyone in the city has disappeared and there are strange whispering shadows pursuing them. Unsurprisingly, the enemy in this film is the darkness itself.
That idea is something that we've seen in a lot of horror films over the past decade, but with Anderson's filmography I'm hoping the movie offers something a little more than it's just "the darkness" (this isn't "The Happening" we're dealing with, people). For a man who's directed eight episodes of "Fringe," we're expecting some serious twists and turns.
But it's refreshing that the trailer, for once, doesn't give the entire plot away. Yes, it's clear that the length of time these people can survive is being determined by the amount of time they can stay in the light, and the shortening daylight and lack of light sources make that something difficult to maintain, but that plot line just spawns more questions. I'm sensing a "The Others"-style twist, here: Are Christensen and company the ones being haunted by shadows, or are they the ones who actually vanished? Dun dun dun! Guess we'll have to wait until February 18 to find out (or until someone who saw the flick at Toronto spoils it for us).
What did you think of the "Vanishing on 7th Street" trailer?