Sunday, 28 June 2009

Creepy Trailers All Around Us!

There is no shortage of creeping upcoming films for this year, and into 2010 as well.

We start in the summer with Orphan, and there ain't nothing like a horror movie with a creepy kid in it, eh? From the trailer (which feels like it shows way too much of the film) it certainly captures that creepiness well. I know I'll end up seeing it.

A different kind of creep factor is Surrogates with Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell return to the land of Sci Fi which in it of itself is awesome. The film seems to dance with actual concepts, ideas and moral dilemnas! Promising. Plot wise it looks like a combination of Total Recall meets "Neuromancer". The trailer did leave with some reservations because there a lot of ways to misuse virtual reality + host bodies that are awful. We'll see what director Jonathan Mostow (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, U-571) does with it!

The Shutter Island trailer has been kicking around for a least week now showing us what is next from Scorcese. I'm admittedly not a Scorcese fan, and this one looks suspiciously like a horror film although classified as a 'drama'. Feels like it's jumping on the horror train to me.

Also not new to the roster of trailers but certainly fits with creepy is the trailer for The Road. Very strange that it is being released same day as Where the Wild Things Are (Oct 16/09), which is based on a (creepy) kids book, but more so everyone I know who is interested in one film is also interested in the other. The Road will be a biggie though, based on a fantastic but really harsh post-apocolyptic book by Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men"), directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition) and starring Viggo Mortenson. If this doesn't pop up at TIFF'09 I'll be shocked.

Last up is all vampires, literally. Check out the Daybreakers trailer for a slightly new spin on vampire story. Looked interesting enough to only watch the first 1/2 of the trailer.

And if you need something to wash off the creepy feelings, I suggest checking out the new Fame trailer (see Fame review here). Singing, dancing, talent, troubles and just a smidge of attitude. I can't wait!

Lists of 2009 and 2010 Upcoming Release have been revised to include new deets and of course tons of other upcoming releases.


Anonymous said...

I wasn't too impressed with the Daybreakers trailer, looks like a mismash of Gattaca (good thing), Underworld (not a good thing) and every other 'stylish' sci fi movie in the last five years. For stylish see 'austere and bleached'.

Vampire mythology has become stale, old or unrecognisable recently anyway. It's going to take more than Ethan Hawke in a trilby to repair it.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Oh, what is it about Underworld you would say is a bad thing? I love the original.

I'm totally up for any stylish Sci Fi - if there is a good story.

I think with vampires I'm usually interested right away, and they have to mess something up for me not to like it but I'll always give it a chance. It seems to be flooding the market recently, as are zombies - I certainly know people that are getting zombied out. Oh my, I forgot to include the Zombieland trailer - which I wasn't all that impressed with ironicially!

Suzie Ridler said...

Yeah, what's wrong with Underworld?! Bring on the vampires!

I don't think I can handle The Road. That's the kind of horror I am not a fan of, human-made horror.

Orphan looks fantastic! I would love to see that one.

Zombieland looks a little too black humour for me but I may rent it.

Thanks for all the spooky trailers Shannon! I loved watching all of them.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Good call on The Road Suzie, I think that one would be too dark for you. I think I'll see it, but it will be a challenge.

Anonymous said...

I think Underworld has it's moments - the Romeo & Juliet take on the material is interesting enough, I love the design of the Lycans, and I think Michael Sheen and Bill Nighy do well.

Aside from that, the performances from Kate Beckinsale and Scott Speedman leave something to be desired, creating a couple that rival Anakin and Padme in the bland stakes, in my eyes. I also thought the visual style was a little too jarring - for the entire movie it felt like I was watching a strange remake of The Crow, but I think The Crow is a far superior movie.

I don't by any means think it's an awful movie, I just don't think it's aesthetic is something other films should be rushing out to emulate.

I am looking forward to The Road though, I'm a big fan of the book.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Wow, interesting take on Underworld there. I will agree the chemistry could have been better but I did enjoy Kate Beckinsdale's performance - I thought it was fully committed and kicked butt.

The Road feels like it will be a force to be reckoned with.

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