Obviously the first sign is the simple fact that Case 39 is a horror movie starring Renée Zellwegger, which allows her to join Hilary Swank and Halle Berry in the pantheon of Oscar-winning actresses to be inexplicably cast in a horror movie. The fact that she’s at long last making her The Reaping (or Gothika, whichever perplexing career decision you’d prefer) should be more than plenty to have you buzzing with anticipatory glee. But wait, there’s more!
For example, there’s also the trailer:
Oh trailer, you had me at Bradley Cooper shirtless and vomiting flies. Given that this combines things that I like (Bradley Cooper and Bradley Cooper’s abs) and things that will haunt me for the rest of my life (the whole vomiting flies business), so congratulations are in order for giving such precise vision to my future sexual nightmares.
Sign three? The little girl in this movie was also in Silent Hill, where she memorably danced in a rain of blood after a barbed wire tentacle shot up the Borg queen’s hooha and ripped her in two. This actually has nothing to do with Case 39. I just like taking any available opportunity to mention how batshit crazy Silent Hill is. Seriously, it’s the craziest, but I digress.
Also, there’s Case 39‘s tagline, which is as clever as it is menacing: