Category: Trailers

The Trailer Park: Little Monsters

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2019 is looking to be a pretty good year for horror comedies. First, we had a trailer for the Zombieland sequel. Now we get a trailer for a new comedy, Little Monsters.
Not to be confused with the 1989 film of the same name. This one is definitely aimed at a much older audience.
Little Monsters is an American/Australian/British co-production stars Alexander England as Dave, a bit of a burnout who moves in with his sister after a pretty bad breakup with his girlfriend. When his nephew’s kindergarten class goes on a field trip, he jumps at the chance to chaperone, if only to get close to their teacher Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyongo’o). However, he also has to contend with Teddy McGiggle, a children’s entertainer who’s a lot more pleasant on stage than off.
Oh, and also there’s a zombie apocalypse happening.
The trailer is absolutely hilarious. I think my favorite moment is when Miss Caroline leaves a tractor ride to try and investigate a strange person, realizes that said strange person is in fact, undead, freaks out, and runs back to the cart yelling for a the driver to start it back up. Then, when a student asks what’s going one, she immediately goes back to teacher mode and reassures them that everything’s fine, like she wasn’t freaking out five seconds ago.
Also, as I believe I have mentioned before, I think that Nyongo’o should be in basically everything, since she’s just that good.
Little Monsters is directed and written by Abe Forsythe. It actually debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January, but is going to see a wider release in the US on November 19th. I really hope that it comes to my local theater, since I really want to see it.

 

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The Trailer Park-Zombieland: Double Tap

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You know, I love the 2009 horror comedy film Zombieland. It ranks right up there with Shaun Of The Dead as one of my favorite zombie movies. I liked it so much, in fact, that when it was in theaters, I went to see it three times. In one week. And it never gets unfunny to me.

So of course I’m going to be hyped when the trailer for a sequel drops.

Zombieland: Double Tap reunites us with Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Witchita (Emma Stone), and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) as they make their way to the White House during the zombie apocalypse. Eventually, Little Rock runs away with a guy called Berkeley (Avan Jorgia), which prompts the other three to head off in search of her.

Along the way, they meet up with the ditzy Madison (Zoey Deutsch) and the tough-as-nails Nevada (Rosario Dawson), as well as doppelgangers of Tallahassee and Columbus played by Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleton.

It also features Woody Harrelson dressed as both Santa and Elvis, which is legitimately hilarious to me.

The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer and written by Dave Callaham and Rhett Reese, who also wrote and directed the first film (which makes sense). It’s set to arrive in theaters on October 18 of this year. This is definitely one that I want to see in theaters when it comes out.

Movie Trailers: “Us”

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I loved Jordan Peele’s 2016  film Get Out. It was an extremely effective horror movie with an important (but not ham-fisted) message, one hell of a twist, and incredible performances. 
So, of course, I recently watched the trailer for Peele’s newest project, Us
And holy fucking shit does it look terrifying. 

 

The film follows the Wilson family, Gabe (Winston Duke), Adelaide (Lupita Nyongo’o) and their two children. They go on vacation, meet up with a couple of friends, and generally a good time is had by all.
Until their son sees a family standing in their driveway. A family that looks exactly like them. And all hell breaks loose.
This concept seems to be based on the idea of a doppelgänger. Now, this is a concept that people tend to find somewhat scary, particularly since doppelgängers are rarely benign; think of the evil twin trope that tends to pop up in a lot of media. Edgar Allan Poe was particularly fond of this device, and I think that the main characters’ surname is, in fact, a direct reference to his story William Wilson, which deals directly with the subject.
Also, Lupita Nyongo’o needs to be in more everything.
Like Get Out, Us is both written and directed by Peele. It is currently set for release on March 15, 2019.

The Good Omens Trailer Was Released, And I Am Here For It

So, the trailer for the Amazon Prime series Good Omens dropped about a week and a half ago, and I finally got the chance to watch it. Behold!

For those who may be unfamiliar with the source material, Good Omens: The Nice And Accurate Prophecies Of Agness Nutter, Which is a novel written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, published in 1990. It follows Aziraphale and Crowley, a demon and angel respectively, who end up working together to try and prevent Armageddon. Along the way, we also meet the Four Horsepeople of the Apocalypse, a young woman who is the descendant of the witch in the title, and the Antichrist (who is actually quite nice and just wants to be a regular kid).

The series features Michael Sheen as Aziraphale and David Tennant as Crowley. I can’t comment too much on Sheen (as I am not familiar with his work), but I think that Tennant as Crowley is just absolutely perfect.

Also, going back to the trailer itself, I really love the use of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend,” not only because the song fits, but because of a running gag in the book revolving around the band.

Neil Gaiman has been acting as showrunner for the six-part series, fulfilling one of the last wishes of Terry Pratchett, who passed away in 2015. Pratchett had always wanted to see the series adapted, one attempt even involving former Monty Python member Terry Jones, but was unable to get it off the ground.

And, as said in the title, I am totally here for it. Good Omens is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, and I’m looking forward to seeing how they manage to adapt it.

Good Omens is currently set for release next year, though I have yet to find a more specific release date. From what I’ve seen, it looks like it’s going to release onto Amazon Prime’s streaming service first, then is going to air on BBC 2 in the UK.

In the meantime, I highly recommend reading the book, and will most likely be re-reading it myself sometime before the series comes out.

The Trailer Park: Rings

So, when I first heard about this, I thought that they were just doing a straight remake of The Ring. I did a little research before viewing the trailer, and everything I saw said that this was meant to be a direct sequel.

Then I watched the trailer. And it looks like they’re remaking The Ring.

OK, maybe that’s not fair. There does seem to be a bit that’s different, and there’s the fact that it has an R-rating while the original film (which itself is a remake of a Japanese movie) was PG-13. There are a couple of scenes, though (particularly the one where the girl coughs up the clump of hair) that seem to be lifted from the 2002 film.

Rings (directed by F Javier Gutierrez) follows Julia (Matilda Lutz), who has to save her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) from the video’s curse. Along the way, they make a rather disturbing discovery about said video.

Now, I liked The Ring. I thought that it was quite effective for a PG-13 horror movie (not that all horror movies need to be rated R). I thought its 2005 sequel was kind of stupid, but I liked the first one. And it looks like they’ve updated the technology in the film as well, going from the video cassette of the first one to an Internet video. Judging from the scene on the plane, it also looks like the stakes are quite a bit higher. 

I still think that it looks somewhat derivative from the first one, but I might still check it out.

Rings hits theaters on February 3.

The Trailer Park: The Mummy (2017)

Does The Mummy really need to be rebooted again? And why does this reboot look so fucking joyless?

This version, directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, appears to take place in the modern day. The trailer begins on an aircraft that’s transporting an Egyptian sarcophagus for some unexplained reason, which apparently results in releasing the titular mummy (Sofia Boutella) upon an unsuspecting populace.

Admittedly, I haven’t seen any of the old Universal or Hammer Horror Mummy movies, but I did see the 1999 version in the theater and really enjoyed it. It was fun, actually quite colorful, and actually had a sense of humor.

I’m not really seeing any of this in this trailer. Between the dull color palette mostly consisting of grays, to the slow, solemn music of the trailer, there don’t seem like there’s going to be too many laughs here. There’s also the fact that it stars Tom Cruise. I’m sorry, I just don’t think he’s really that fantastic of an actor (plus Brendan Fraser is way more likable).

The trailer also doesn’t give us a whole lot of detail as to what the movie is about, other than a mummy. It’s interesting that the mummy is a woman this time, though she is still weirdly conventionally attractive. Although, in the 1999 movie, Imhotep isn’t too bad looking himself (when he’s Arnold Vosloo rather than a decaying CGI mummy), so I guess there’s some precedent for that.

And my question above still stands. Apparently, this movie marks the third time that this franchise has been rebooted. Meaning that this is the beginning of a fourth series of Mummy movies. Do we really need that many? Also, why did Universal decide they needed to pull a Marvel and have all of their monster movies in a shared universe?

The Mummy doesn’t have a specific release date, but should be hitting theaters sometime this summer.