Netflix’s Spectral Trailer Pits Soldiers Against Alien Ghosts

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You know what’s worse than aliens? Alien ghosts. It’s bad enough that the E.T.s are coming down here, plotting to steal our precious bodily fluids. But do they have to be so darn creepy and noncorporeal while they’re at it? In Netflix’s upcoming supernatural sci-fi action flick Spectral, the answer seems to be a rock-solid “yes.” Spooky bastards…

Directed by Nic Mathieu, Spectral stars James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), and Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek). It pits Special Forces soldiers against an otherworldly alien force that’s wreaking havoc on a war-ravaged European city…and threatening the whole world if it spreads. Check out the trailer below.

Netflix’s Spectral marks the feature film debut of director Nic Mathieu, but the trailer definitely makes it look like he can put together a decent action sequence. That cast of talented, proven character actors will definitely help ground the material, and they’re all working from a script co-written by George Nolfi, who previously worked on The Bourne Ultimatum. It also features weaponry designed by Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop. All in all, it looks like it could be a good time.

The tone is said to be gritty and realistic in spite of the whole “alien ghosts” thing, and if it’s actually done well, it could hopefully channel some of what made James Cameron’s Aliens work so well. Watching a heavily armed unit full of badasses get their keisters handed to them by unexpectedly hardy foes makes for a good bit of action-drama. After all, how the hell are you supposed to shoot something that bullets fly right through?

I do have to say, though, much will hinge on how they handle the nature of the aliens/ghosts/whatever they are. The descriptions of Spectral keep citing both sci-fi and supernatural elements when discussing the film, and as much as we love an easy “alien ghost” joke, that’s a concept that definitely calls to mind the worst of Syfy’s cheesy creature features. Hopefully Spectral will sell its core mythology in a way that leaves viewers on the edge of their seats, rather than rolling their eyes.

Spectral will premiere on Netflix Instant this Friday, December 9th.