20th Century Studios has released the first trailer for their upcoming supernatural horror movie The Empty Man, which will open in theaters [checks calendar] in seven days. The film follows the disappearance of a group of teens, which is being investigated by a retired cop (James Badge Dale).
The weirdest thing about this is that in normal times, this would be a perfectly sensible, low-budget horror movie play during spooky season. It may not blow up the box office, but it would do respectable business given its low budget. But for some reason, Disney thought it looked so bad or disposable (never a barrier for bad horror before) that they decided to dump it during a pandemic when theatrical box office is in the toilet. I’m not sure why this movie wouldn’t keep until October 2021, but Disney wants it off their books, so they’re rushing it out as fast as possible. I feel kind of bad for everyone involved since their work is being treated with less care than a VOD film.
Check out The Empty Man trailer below. The film opens October 23rd, and also stars Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Robert Aramayo, Joel Courtney, and Sasha Frolova.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Empty Man:
20th Century Studios’ “The Empty Man” is a supernatural horror film based on a popular series of Boom! Studios graphic novels. After a group of teens from a small Midwestern town begin to mysteriously disappear, the locals believe it is the work of an urban legend known as The Empty Man. As a retired cop investigates and struggles to make sense of the stories, he discovers a secretive group and their attempts to summon a horrific, mystical entity, and soon his life—and the lives of those close to him—are in grave danger. Directed by David Prior from a screen story and screenplay by David Prior based on the graphic novel by Cullen Bunn, “The Empty Man” stars James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Robert Aramayo, Joel Courtney and Sasha Frolova. The film is produced by Ross Richie, p.g.a. and Stephen Christy, p.g.a.