We are all eagerly awaiting the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but James Gunn has a little something else up his sleeve and it is coming out very soon. The Belko Experiment, a horror thriller from the mind of James Gunn, is set to debut in March and we now have our first look at it. Blumhouse has released a brief tease for the upcoming first trailer, which is set to debut on Wednesday.
The studio and the team behind the movie have been teasing the arrival of the trailer for a few days. James Gunn took to his Twitter to give fans this brief tease until the full trailer for The Belko Experiment arrives later in the week. The movie was directed by Greg McLean, who directed the cult favorite Wolf Creek and has a lot of experience in the horror genre. The project also has producer Peter Safran, who produced The Conjuring and Annabelle. James Gunn has a lot of genre experience as well, so this could wind up being a sneaky hit early next year.
“The full #BelkoExperiment trailer coming in a few days… but for now here’s a little taste.”
James Gunn is reminding audiences that he has more up his sleeve than just big superhero movies, which he has been mostly known for over the past few years. This horror thriller, which was written and produced by Gunn, was recently acquired by BH Tilt (a division of Blumhouse) and Orion. This release actually marks the official return of Orion studios, as the Guardians of the Galaxy director also teased on his Twitter. The two studios partnered to secure the release of The Belko Experiment after its premiere at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.
“And, yes, for those of you asking, #TheBelkoExperiment is the proud return of #Orion pictures.”
The Belko Experiment is a movie James Gunn wrote more than ten years ago and just recently got around to finally making, even though he didn’t direct it. The movie tells the story of a twisted social experiment where a group of 80 Americans are locked in their high-rise corporate office in Bogata, Colombia. They are then ordered by a mysterious voice coming from the company’s intercom system to participate in a deadly game where they will have to kill or be killed. The genesis of this incident is heavily teased in this first little bit of footage.
2016 was a very good year for studio horror movies and perhaps movies like this can help keep that going for 2017 as well. The Belko Experiment stars John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Josh Brener and Melonie Diaz as well as James Gunn regulars Michael Rooker and his brother Sean Gunn. The Belko Experiment is set for release on March 17, 2017. Be sure to check out the tease for yourself below and be on the lookout for the full trailer on Wednesday.