“Wait a minute! You said this would be a superhero movie!” Anya Taylor-Joy (left) as Magik and Charlie Heaton (right) as Cannonball in The New Mutants. Photo: 20th Century Fox.

As a Friday the 13th treat, 20th Century Fox has unveiled (at the stroke of midnight in the US) the first trailer for The New Mutants and it’s rather creepy stuff. The movie is based on the Marvel comic of the same name: an “X-Men” spinoff that follows a group of teenage superheroes-in-training.

The plot is largely still under wraps but here’s a short synopsis found on IMDB: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

Check out the trailer below:

From the reports we’ve seen thus far, we believe that the movie adaptation is set in Fox’s X-Men continuity but with horror leanings and this two-minute clip is practically bursting with familiar horror tropes.

We’ve got a group of troubled teens trapped in what looks like a labyrinth-like “mental health facility” with dark corridors and, of course, a graveyard. Also thrown into the mix are entities that float and hunt them down from behind the wall ala Stranger Things. It’s like The Frighteners but with mutants.

Also interesting to note is that the cast consists of young burgeoning actors who have already made their mark in genre television and cinema. Arya Stark Maisie Williams is playing Wolfsbane; Anya Taylor-Joy, who previously starred in The Witch and Split, is playing Magik (the younger sister of Colossus); and Charlie Heaton (Jonathan Byers in Stranger Things) is playing Cannonball.

The movie also stars Alice Braga as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, the physician in the clip asking all the dark personal questions.

“Maybe if I close my eyes, they’ll go away.” The New Mutants. Photo: 20th Century Fox

Marvel Studios may have won over fans and critics alike with their neat story arcs and consistent tone but what I admire about Fox’s approach to its X-Men properties, even if the movies are often flawed, is the studio’s bolder treatments and willingness to mix it up a bit, tone-wise.

Deadpool is a meta-black comedy, Logan is a neo-Western road movie and now The New Mutants will be adding psychological thriller to the table as well.

The New Mutants will be out in US theatres on 13 April, 2018. What do you think of the direction Fox has taken with The New Mutants?