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Haunting first trailer for Dark Night, loosely based on the Aurora cinema shooting

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We’ve seen some dark trailers in our time but this really will take some topping.

Loosely based on 2012’s shooting at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, where 24-year-old James Holmes, armed with shotgun, semi-automatic rifle and a Glock 22. handgun killed 12 and injured 70 during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises, the film follows six strangers on the day of such an incident.

Shot in a pseudo-doc style, director Tim Sutton’s film uses first-time actors for the roles to ensure extra realism – a factor which wasn’t lost on critics who saw the film at its recent Sundance premiere, claiming it offered a sobering critique on US gun culture.

Much like how Gus Van Sant’s Elephant was partly based on the Columbine massacre, it’s going to shock you - but then that’s the aim. Not least if you watch it on the big screen: one tease of a scene showing fidgety audience members checking their phones unaware of the impending horror is proof of that.

Due for release in the US on 3 February, expect a UK release to follow shortly after.

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