Audiences will see the first video and poster for So Cold The River produced by Screen Rant, a haunting hotel drama with the acting of Bethany Joy Lenz from One Tree Hill. The plot follows documentary filmmaker Erica Shaw as she is paid to profile ailing millionaire Campbell Bradford, whose only hint is an antique bottle filled with water from a local spring, originally from a bestselling product from Michael Koryta’s New York Times with the similar name. Erica meets a descendant of Bradford and learns about a familial curse of inexplicable suicides and deaths while staying at a luxury resort in town, and as she begins to drink from the ancient bottle, she is treated to horrible visions and unleashes an unfathomable evil.
Besides the leading character, Bethany Joy Lenz, So Cold The River stars also include Katie Sarife, Tony Award winner Deanna Dunagan, Andrew J. West (The Walking Dead), and Alysia Reiner (Orange Is the New Black). Paul Shoulberg wrote and directed the horror adaption, with author Koryta serving as an executive producer alongside Peter Yonkman, Carl Cook, and Joy Lenz. So Cold The River is finally set to hit theaters in March, thanks to Saban Films’ acquisition of the rights late last year.
Screen Rant has the first So Cold The River trailer and poster, which will be released just over a month before the film’s release. The trailer gives viewers a glimpse into the haunted hotel thriller, which follows a filmmaker who unwittingly wakes a deadly evil long thought to remain dormant. Let’s take a look at the trailer and poster below:
With a tale investigating the essence of a haunted past in a somewhat similar spirit to The Shining and The Innkeepers, the So Cold The River trailer is guaranteed to be an interesting new outing in the haunted hotel genre for horror movie enthusiasts. In addition, director Paul Shoulberg looks to have injected his film with a number of horrifying imagery reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, particularly in the sweeping panoramas of the central hotel and enigmatic party scene seen halfway through the trailer.
Fans of the horror genre may be interested in the film because it stars Katie Sarife, who made her name in the world of haunted locales with Annabelle Comes Home.
So Cold The River is also Saban Films’ latest foray into the horror-thriller genre in recent years. The studio acquired the rights to both Don’t Tell A Soul and the Wrong Turn revival in 2021, while their slate the year before includes the black horror comedy Come to Daddy starring Elijah Wood and the Alexandra Daddario-led We Summon the Darkness. Only time will tell if So Cold The River, which opens in theaters on March 25 and is available on digital platforms and VOD on March 29, is another blockbuster for Saban.