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James McAvoy gets frightening in trailer for “SPEAK NO EVIL” remake

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 | News


The new vacation from hell is coming to theaters this fall.

Based on the acclaimed psychological shocker by Danish filmmaker Christian Tafdrup, the Blumhouse-produced SPEAK NO EVIL will be released by Universal September 13. Written and directed by James Watkins (EDEN LAKE, THE WOMAN IN BLACK), it stars James McAvoy, Mackenzie Davis, Scoot McNairy, Aisling Franciosi (THE LAST VOYAGE OF THE DEMETER, STOPMOTION), Alix West Lefler and Daniel Hough. The synopsis: “When an American family is invited to spend the weekend at the idyllic country estate of a charming British family they befriended on vacation, what begins as a dream holiday soon warps into a snarled psychological nightmare.”

Tafdrup’s film was a tough act to follow, but Watkins (who also co-scripted the intense, underappreciated MY LITTLE EYE) seems like the right man to recapture its impact. Earlier this year, Blumhouse’s Ryan Turek told us, “James Watkins was so right to do this… The new one definitely doesn’t lose [the original’s] mean streak; it’s pretty awesome.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).