The Medium Gets a Spooky New Live Action Trailer

Beware The Maw.

A new live action trailer for The Medium released today. Written and produced by Tomasz Bagiński and directed by Paweł Maślona, the live action trailer combines elements from previous trailers, depicting them in an action-packed, cinematic way.

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From the visual effects down to the performances from the actors, the trailer is a must-watch for those excited for The Medium, and for horror fans in general.

The Medium Gets a Spooky New Live Action Trailer

The live action trailer for The Medium combines visuals from newer trailers we’ve seen — including the one that showed off 14 minutes of gameplay released on January 5 — with older trailers like the announcement trailer that went live back in May of 2020. 

For those who’ve been following trailers for The Medium as they’ve come out, this live action trailer has a familiar feel while also offering something new in the form of a monster reveal.

That’s right, the live action trailer shows off one of the game’s large monsters for the very first time. 

At first glance, the monster reminds us a little of Jabba the Hutt with its large body that almost looks like it’s melting into itself. It differs in that it has multiple arms, what appears to be tentacle-like legs, and ominous glowing eyes.

We only see this monster for a brief moment and given its presence in the live action trailer, it’s hard to place how this monster fits into The Medium’s story as a whole. In the trailer’s description though, we get a bit more information, and a hint that the creature’s name might be The Maw.

“Discover a dark mystery only a medium can solve. Explore the real world and the spirit world at the same time. Use your psychic abilities to solve puzzles spanning both worlds, uncover deeply disturbing secrets, and survive encounters with The Maw – a monster born from an unspeakable tragedy.”

Visually, The Medium’s live action trailer adds to the game’s Silent Hill vibes with scenes of a tormented child and transitions between the real world and the spirit world.

The Medium could honestly make for an incredible movie, and we hope that should the game prove to be successful, Netflix will consider grabbing the live action adaptation like they did for properties like The Witcher.

We’re optimistic that The Medium will be successful given developer Bloober Team’s mastery of psychological horror games, having done games like Layers of Fear in the past. There’s even a scene that feels reminiscent of Layers of Fear as seen in the screenshot above.

You can tell a lot of work has gone into the creation of The Medium, and the ideas behind its imagery and gameplay are truly interesting. The game undoubtedly takes inspiration from Silent Hill. It even has a soundtrack co-composed by Akira Yamaoka!

The game also stays true to the people developing it, with Bloober Team being based out of Poland. In the live action trailer, we see shots of the main square in Krakow, Poland with St. Mary’s Basilica and what appears to be the Grunwald Monument.

Inside the hotel, a building evacuation plan is shown with “building evacuation plan” written in Polish (plan ewakuacyjny budynku). Other trailers have also shown Polish text mixed in and serving as a reminder that yes, the game is set in Poland. 

The result is a wholly unique game with a fascinating story and one-of-a-kind dual-reality gameplay mechanics. 

We don’t know much about where the story will go outside of what’s been shown thus far, but we do know that we’re looking forward to finding out once the game is released on January 28.

For more on The Medium, be sure to watch the new live action trailer, and pay a visit to the game’s official website


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