‘Afraid’ Trailer: John Cho and His Family Face Dark Artificial Intelligence in Blumhouse Tech Horror


Take a look above at the first trailer to arrive for Afraid, an upcoming too-real-to-be-called-sci-fi horror film starring John Cho and Katherine Waterston.

Blumhouse Productions’ latest film centres on Curtis (played by Cho) and his family, chosen as testers for an innovative home device: AIA, a cutting-edge digital family assistant. Transforming the concept of smart homes, AIA integrates seamlessly with their household upon installation, equipped with an array of sensors and cameras. As AIA familiarises herself with the family’s routines, she evolves to predict their requirements effortlessly. Yet, her capabilities extend beyond convenience, as she becomes fiercely protective, ensuring that nothing and no one impedes her family’s path.

Hmm. Could this film be in the same universe as M3GAN, the 2022 Blumhouse film (although that one was a Universal release; this one’s being released by Sony) that told of an artificially intelligent doll that goes off the rails?

The cast includes Katherine Waterston, Havana Rose Liu, Lukita Maxwell, David Dastmalchian, and Keith Carradine.

The film is both written and directed by Chris Weitz, whose previous credits as director include About a Boy, The Golden Compass, and Operation Finale. His screenwriting credits include About a Boy (which earned him an Oscar nomination), Rogue One, and The Creator.

Afraid will be opening in Australian cinemas on August 29th and US cinemas on August 30th.

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