New Mutants

You know that commercial for Dorney Park's Halloween Haunt that's been playing on the local stations, in which the girl's wandering through a haunted hospital and there's clowns?

Fox on Friday (the 13th) released its first trailer for next year's "X-Men: The New Mutants" movie, a spinoff of its Marvel franchise featuring characters created by Chris Claremont and various artists in the 1980s as the next generation of mutant superheroes.

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The trailer is a horror-in-the-asylum take on the characters, as they contend with hallucinations, their own powers and being experimented on and lectured about baby rattlesnakes by Dr. Cecilia Reyes, played by Alice Braga (fun fact: Reyes is actually one of the lesser-known X-Men, having served briefly during the late 1990s).

Playing the New Mutants are "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams as the lycanthropic Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy as the sorceress Magik, "Stranger Things" star Charlie Heaton as the nigh-invulnerable-when-blastin' Cannonball, Henry Zaga as the solar-powered Sunspot and Blu Hunt as the illusion-casting Danielle Moonstar.

Early reports indicated the movie was inspired by "The Demon Bear Saga," a 1984 "New Mutants" story by Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz in which the team battled a Native American demon in a hospital setting, often considered one of the series' best tales.

Watch the horror unfold to the tune of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" in the trailer above. The film, directed by Josh Boone, is due out April 13, 2018. Also due out next year from Fox's X-franchise are "Deadpool 2," June 1, and "X-Men: Dark Phoenix," Nov. 2.

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