Children can be absolutely terrifying, especially in horror films. I don’t know about you, but a creepy kid sends shivers down my spine every single time. There’s something truly sinister about twisting the assumed innocence of society’s most vulnerable population into something demonic. That’s what we’re getting with Abigail, an upcoming film about a vampire ballerina who kills her kidnappers in one wild trailer. Yes, you read that sentence correctly. A vampire kid will attack nefarious adults whilst performing some sweet dance moves. Please give it to us now.
Here’s a quick plot synopsis for Abigail to bring the trailer into focus:
After a group of would-be criminals kidnap the 12-year-old ballerina daughter of a powerful underworld figure, all they have to do to collect a $50 million ransom is watch the girl overnight. In an isolated mansion, the captors start to dwindle, one by one, and they discover, to their mounting horror, that they’re locked inside with no normal little girl.
As usual, I am rooting for the supposed villain. Abigail was busy minding her rich girl business, dancing during the day and feasting on blood at night until these blockheads tried to use her for ransom. Now she is doing what vampires do at night to survive: killing living beings for their warm blood. The kidnappers did this to themselves, honestly. And I am glad they did because it is fully entertaining for us. In an ideal world, Abigail and M3GAN would be besties.
It’s also lovely to see Melissa Barrera team up with directing duo Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett—better known as Radio Silence—for yet another horror film. Of course, they worked together on the most recent two Scream films. And they were set to come together for Scream VII before Spyglass Media Group made the shocking decision to fire her after she spoke out in support of Palestine in regards to the ongoing Israel-Gaza war. (That’s a whole other post for another time.)
Abigail also stars the late Angus Cloud, Dan Stevens, Kathryn Newton, William Catlett, Giancarlo Eposito, and Kevin Durand alongside Alisha Weir as Abigail. Stephen Shields and Guy Busick penned the script with William Sherak, Paul Neinstein, and James Vanderbilt from Project X Entertainment producing. Additional producers include Tripp Vinson and Radio Silence’s Chad Vilella along with executive producers Ron Lynch and Macdara Kelleher.
Abigail hits theaters on April 19.