The Trap trailer plays into a fangirl's worst nightmare

The new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's Trap dropped and it's a nightmare.
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If you've been following M. Night Shyamalan's career, you know it's been full of ups and downs yet Trap feels like something entirely different.

Whether you're a horror fan or not, there is something about this trailer that just invokes a feeling of dread from the first few moments. Before we get into the trailer, let's share the logline which was featured on Variety: "Trap” follows a “father and teen daughter attending a pop concert, where they realize they’re at the center of a dark and sinister event." Sounds like such a fun concept.

The film is going to be starring Josh Hartnett, Saleka Shyamalan and Hayley Mills. Honestly, that is enough to make me want to watch. However, the trailer takes it a step further by showing us exactly what's going on.

We'll be featuring the trailer below and by the end, you'll be having as many questions as we do so let's break it down.

The Trap trailer feels like a nightmare for fangirls everywhere.

For the majority of the trailer, it doesn't feel like anything is going on. It feels like a story about a dad supporting his daughter, fangirling. However, things take a dark turn when he notices all of the police there and a worker shares that they're looking for a serial killer.

Things escalate even more when we find out Hartnett is the serial killer the police are looking for. In typical M. Night Shyamalan fashion, it feels like the twist has already been revealed. Even so, I wouldn't put it past him to do something even bigger and wackier than we've ever seen. Thankfully, we only have to wait until August to watch Trap.

What I think makes Trap so scary is the fact that this could actually happen. Concerts feel like such a community event and the idea of a killer lurking among the masses is terrifying. Frankly, I'm surprised this concept hasn't been done before. Either way, it feels like Trap has the potential to be nightmare fuel for an entirely new generation.

Given the push towards more Gen-Z horror with content like M3gan, the Chucky TV series, and Freaky, Trap feels like it's going to find its place. For those who remember the hype around Signs and how good it was, Trap could be a return to form for Shyamalan. If anything, this film plays into the concept of the real fear some of us have and nothing can be scarier than that.

Trap is set for release on August 9th, 2024.

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