Before James Gunn entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, he was well-known in the horror community, getting his first big break by writing Tromeo & Juliet for director Lloyd Kaufman. He would go on to write the horror remake Dawn of the Dead, which served as Zack Snyder's directorial debut, and write and direct the horror-comedy Slither and the unconventional superhero movie Super before Guardians. Today the filmmaker has given his approval to a fan-made version of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 trailer that infuses horror elements into the footage, just for Halloween.
The trailer was created by a YouTube user named Aldo Jones, who incorporates iconic horror characters like Samara from The Ring, the "Redrum" drawn in blood from The Shining and Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th franchise edited into the new trailer. There are a number of other horror references peppered throughout the trailer, such as Star-Lord's mask turning into Jigsaw's doll from the Saw franchise and even the iconic Scream mask makes an appearance.
Shortly after the video's debut on YouTube, James Gunn spotlighted the video on both Facebook and Twitter. You'll want to watch this special video until the very end, with a new twist on the scene between Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). This scene features Drax giving some harsh advice to Star-Lord, which ends with a hug that doesn't quite turn out the same way in the original trailer, along with a gruesome appearance by Baby Groot.
Guardians 2 is shaping up to be one of the most highly-anticipated movies of 2017, with Marvel setting a May 5, 2017 release date. During Marvel's Comic-Con presentation, the studio debuted footage that revealed the sequel's biggest secret, the identity of Star-Lord's father. The footage, which still hasn't been released to the public yet, featured Kurt Russell revealing himself as Ego the Living Planet, Star-Lord's long-lost dad. In the comics, Star-Lord's dad was J'son, but James Gunn confirmed early on that J'son would not be Peter Quill's father in the movie.
Chris Pratt (Peter Quill), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (Groot), Bradley Cooper (Rocket Raccoon), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Michael Rooker (Yondu) and Sean Gunn (Kraglin) reprise their roles from the original Guardians of the Galaxy. New additions include Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Chris Sullivan as Taserface, Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha, Tommy Flanagan as Tullk and Nathan Fillion as Simon Williams. The first trailer that debuted at Comic-Con teased that Yondu has joined the Guardians and left his group known as the Ravagers, which is now being lead by Taserface. Take a look at the fan-made horror trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below, along with James Gunn's tweet highlighting this video.
Baby Groot or Baby Xenomorph? Fun, gory Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 special Halloween trailer. https://t.co/Ic8r1WOci0— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 31, 2016