THE NEW MUTANTS, the long-awaited film adaptation of the Marvel Comics series, features five super-powered teenagers who are so dangerous that even Professor X is scared of them. Instead of training at Professor Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, these mutants – Cannonball, Magik, Mirage, Sunspot and Wolfsbane – are being held against their will in a secret facility, where they attempt to learn how to control their terrifying powers.

It’s a bleak setting, and director Josh Boone describes The New Mutants as a horror film that’s buried within a superhero film. “The mutants in the film aren’t superheroes,” says Boone, who co-wrote the script. “They’re teenagers who are forced to live inside this facility because they’re too dangerous to live and study at the X-Mansion. They view their powers as a curse, not a gift.

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