Midnight Mass star has child problems in trailer for horror movie There’s Something Wrong With the Children

Filmmaker Roxanne Benjamin has a long-standing fondness for horror films in which children are the source of the terror.

“I’ve always been wary of kids just because they’re in their own world and they don’t necessarily conform to social norms. There’s something creepy about that,” says the director, whose credits include 2019’s. Body on Brighton Rock and the TV version of Horror show. “I saw it too The good son at a really appropriate age where it was just super scary for me. I just think they’re super cute.”

Given this, Benjamin seems like the perfect person to direct Something is wrong with the children (from January 17). Written by TJ Cimfel and Dave White, the film chronicles how a couple’s willingness to babysit their friends’ two children goes catastrophically wrong.

“Two couples go on a weekend getaway to catch up,” says Benjamin when setting up the film. “One couple, having marital problems, convinces the other couple to babysit their kids for a night, and then they lose the kids. The kids come back and they start to think maybe there’s something wrong with the kids .”

THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE CHILDREN

THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE CHILDREN

Alyssa Moran/Paramount Zach Gilford in ‘There’s Something Wrong With the Kids’

The parents are played by Carlos Santos (generated) and Amanda Crew (Silicon valley) while the other couple is played by Alisha Wainwright (Raising Dion) and Midnight Mass actor Zach Gilford.

My buddies Radio Silence (the trio behind this year scream reboot) had worked with Zach and did it with a word,” says Benjamin. “Alicia, I really loved it Raising Dion, and she had worked with kids and was used to that schedule, which was also a big bonus. Amanda and Carlos, I actually started out in comedy before moving on to horror, so I pepper all my movies with people from the comedy scene.”

THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE CHILDREN

THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE CHILDREN

Sam Lothridge/Paramount ‘Something’s Wrong With the Kids’ director Roxanne Benjamin with actors Briella Guiza and David Mattle

The titular children are played by Briella Guiza and David Mattle.

“The kids were tough,” says the director. “We did like 600 auditions for these kids, and then it was just calling back and seeing how they handled different situations. The most important thing was to make them feel comfortable on camera. I feel so lucky, those kids are so amazing. And so creepy!”

Something is wrong with the children will be released digitally and on demand on January 17 and premieres on MGM+ on March 17. Watch the exclusive trailer for the film above.

Something is wrong with the children is produced by Blumhouse Television and MGM+ and distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment and MGM+.

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