‘Gruesome’ Netflix Horror Starring Christian Bale Drops Dark New Trailer

The Pale Blue Eye, starring Christian Bale, has dropped its first trailer and it looks 'gruesome'. Find out more here...
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The first trailer for a Netflix horror movie starring Christian Bale has just dropped and it looks like the perfect film to kick off 2023.

The streaming giant has gained a reputation for putting out quality films over the years.

Enola Holmes, Extraction, and Bird Box are all movies that have been huge successes for Netflix.

Its films have also been attracting huge stars, including actors like Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

One of the upcoming films will see Bale putting his detective skills to work as he tries to uncover a murder during the 1830s.

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The Pale Blue Eye has just dropped its first full trailer and it gives fans a proper look at Bale in action.

It’s an adaptation of the 2003 gothic horror mystery novel by Louis Bayard of the same name.

It will see Bale once again team up with director Scott Cooper, having previously worked with him on his films Out of the Furnace and Hostiles.

Set during the 1830s, it follows a veteran detective (Bale) as he investigates a murder at the US Military Academy, West Point, with the help of a young man known as Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling).

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Previously, fans had only seen a brief teaser for the film.

Now that they have been given their first full look, viewers have taken to social media to share their excitement.

One said: “Pale Blue Eye seems like a nod to ‘The Tell Tale Heart’, love it!”

“Just the presence of Christian Bale makes this movie so interesting,” added another viewer.

“I’m literally SO excited for this,” commented a third.

Someone else said: “I MUST see this. Like a Sherlock Holmes and sleepy hollow combo. Looks great!”

A fifth person added: “I’ve not said this about anything Netflix has made in years. This looks great.”

Christian Bale in Pale Blue Eye
The trailer for The Pale Blue Eye has fans excited for this upcoming Christian Bale horror. Credit: Netflix

Alongside Bale and Melling, the cast is certainly up there with some of the best as it includes: Gillian Anderson (The X Files), Lucy Boynton (Bohemian Rhapsody), Charlotte Gainsbourg (Independence Day: Resurgence), Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now).

Its director, Cooper, has said being able to use Poe in one of his films has been an ambition of his.

Speaking to Netflix’s Tudum, Cooper explained: “Because my father taught English and there was lots of literature strewn about our house, Poe came into my world at a young age, and I was just fascinated with his works.

“And my father, after I directed Crazy Heart, he said, ‘There’s a novel that you should read; it’s The Pale Blue Eye and it has Edgar Allan Poe as a character at the centre of an investigation’.”

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While the story may be fictional, Cooper considers the novel to be a ‘hypothetical journey’ for Poe, as he was actually a cadet at West Point.

The director added: “What I’m saying is that it’s these events that occur in our film that shaped his worldview and helped him become the writer that he became.”

The Pale Blue Eye will be released in select theatres on December 23 and then will come out on Netflix on January 6.

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Written by Rosario Monachino

Rosario is a content editor at IGV who specialises in film, TV and entertainment news. He has a degree in English and Film from the University of Salford and a masters in Journalism from Liverpool John Moores University.