Universal Pictures is cautioning moviegoers about the perils of swimming after sunset by unveiling the trailer for Night Swim.
Hailing from James Wan‘s Atomic Monster and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse, the same creative minds behind M3GAN, Night Swim is a full-length adaptation of Rod Blackhurst and Bryce McGuire’s 2014 short film of the same title. McGuire, the writer of the upcoming film Baghead, takes on the dual role of writer and director for this new cinematic venture. It amplifies the eerie essence of the original short, and before its release, cinephiles can get a glimpse by watching the latest trailer below.
Night Swim features Wyatt Russell, known for his memorable role in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and who also shares the screen with his father, Kurt Russell, in the upcoming series Monarch: Legacy of Monsters. Russell is joined by Kerry Condon from Better Call Saul, who earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in The Banshees of Inisherin. The film also boasts the talents of Amélie Hoeferle from The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and Gavin Warren from Fear the Walking Dead.
In Night Swim Ray Waller, a former major league baseball player forced into early retirement due to a illness.” He relocates with his wife Eve, teenage daughter Izzy, and young son Elliot to a new residence. Ray, still harboring hopes of a pro baseball comeback, persuades Eve that the backyard swimming pool, with its glistening allure, will be both enjoyable for the children and provide therapy for his ailment. However, a secret from the house’s past unleashes a malevolent force, ensnaring the family in an inescapable abyss of terror.
The film’s production sees James Wan (known for Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) as producer, alongside Jason Blum (of 2018’s Halloween, The Black Phone, and The Invisible Man fame). Michael Clear serves as the executive producer, alongside Judson Scott for Atomic Monster and Ryan Turek for Blumhouse. This trailer launch coincides with Blumhouse’s debut of the first installment in a planned trilogy of revival films for The Exorcist, with the legacy sequel, named The Exorcist: Believer, premiering in theaters this weekend and set to receive two subsequent sequels, akin to the Halloween franchise.
Night Swim guarantees another hit amongst horror fans when it releases in theaters on January 5, 2024.