With the pretty irresistible tagline “You were right to be afraid of the dark,” New Line Cinema unveiled its trailer today for Lights Out, director David F. Sandberg’s things-that-go-bump horror film set for a July 22 release. Produced by The Conjuring‘s James Wan, with a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, Lights Out stars Teresa Palmer as a woman haunted by some sort of childhood ghost who only appears when the lights are out, which, judging from the trailer — check it out above — is a sizable chunk of the terrorized woman’s life. Heisserer’s screenplay is based on Sandberg’s 2013 short film of the same title, and the feature also stars Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello. Heisserer produces along with Wan and Lawrence Grey. Exec producers are Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter, Richard Brener, Michael Clear, Jack Murray and Ben Everard.
The trailer bowed at Wondercon today during New Line’s panel at the Microsoft Theater, as did the studio’s latest trailer for this summer’s The Conjuring 2, director James Wan’s June 10 follow-up to his 2013 paranormal hit. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga reprise their roles as ghost-hunters, and the clip is nearly as scary as Wilson’s humongous sideburns.