Once upon a time, this little monster mash-up film was known as The Kitchen Sink and had Jonah Hill attached to make it his directorial debut; my, how things have changed. Soon after Hill was reported as being in negotiations to helm the horror/comedy film scripted by Oren Uziel (a script which made the 2011 Black List), Hill landed himself an Academy Award nomination and exited the project. Sony then tapped Robbie Pickering (Natural Selection) to direct the picture instead. Somewhere along the way, the picture’s titled was changed from the placeholder to the current iteration, Freaks of Nature. Despite bumps along the road, the first red-band trailer is now available, and it’s … not great. Hopefully this is just a really poorly cut trailer and the final film will pull it all together.
The story takes place in the town of Dillforth, where vampires and zombies co-exist (if not exactly peacefully) alongside the human population. However, an alien invasion throws everything into chaos, turning all citizens on each other. It’s up to a Monster Squad-type team of one human, one vampire, and one zombie to restore order. Starring Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis, Ed Westwick, Vanessa Hudgens, Keegan-Michael Key, Joan Cusack, Bob Odenkirk, Denis Leary, and Cerina Vincent, Freaks of Nature opens just in time for Halloween on October 30th.
Watch the first red-band trailer for Sony’s Freaks of Nature below:
Here’s the official synopsis for Freaks of Nature:
In Freaks of Nature, we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it’s humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat – and all of them are on the run from the aliens. It is up to three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this “normal” little town.