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First Teaser Trailer for Xavier Gens' Chilly New Sci-Fi Film 'Cold Skin'

Cold Skin Teaser Trailer

Now what do we have here? There's a very brief teaser trailer going around for a film called Cold Skin, the latest feature from French filmmaker Xavier Gens (of Frontier(s) and The Divide). The teaser trailer doesn't show much, but there are a bunch of photos from the set and a few posters that give us a good look at the weird "humanoid killer amphibians". Set on a desolate island in the Antarctic Circle, the film tells of a man living there who discovers that at night the island is overrun by these creatures. The cast includes David Oakes, Ray Stevenson, and Aura Garrido as Aneris, who seems to be one of these creatures that he falls in love with (see photo above). I'm certainly very curious about this, and I hope we get to see more footage sooner than later. For now, this is all we have but it's worth a look. Check out this shot of Gens, too.

 Posted July 12 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Terrifying New Oats Studios Film 'Zygote' with Dakota Fanning

Zygote Short Film

"It's coming no matter what we do!" Buckle up, you're in for a crazy ride. These films are getting better and better! Oats Studios has unveiled their next new short film, titled Zygote, an intense horror action story starring Dakota Fanning and Jose Pablo Cantillo. This is perhaps the most cinematic film that Oats has released yet. Directed by the main man himself, Neill Blomkamp, this film features one helluva gnarly monster that appears halfway through. I also love the score, by Lorne Balfe, which makes this feel even more intense. At the bottom of the post, I've included a few answers from Blomkamp to follow-up questions after my first interview about Oats. It's so awesome to see them experimenting with projects like this that would never ever see the light of day in Hollywood, but now we get a chance to experience them. Get ready!

 Posted July 12 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Teaser for 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' Theatrical Re-Release

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

"Every so often, they see something." A mysterious new teaser debuted this week without a title or much info, aside from a link to website. The video is called "This Means Something" and shows an encounter with a UFO from the perspective of an air traffic control radar. There are a few splices of scenes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the video with links it to the classic Spielberg sci-fi film first released in 1977. Thanks to some investigating by SlashFilm, they've discovered that this is a teaser for an upcoming theatrical re-release of Close Encounters to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film. Aside from that, we don't know which version will be showing but this is an announcement that it's arriving September. This is cool, but I hope we get more marketing - another poster + another trailer before this returns to theaters.

 Posted July 6 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

James Cameron Talks About Seeing 'Terminator 2' in 3D in New Trailer

Terminator 2 in 3D Trailer

"The images feel more real in 3D. There's a lucidity to it, you really feel like you're there." Distrib Films US has debuted a second official trailer for the forthcoming re-release of James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day in 3D. The 3D upgrade was overseen by Cameron himself, as well as DMG Entertainment and StudioCanal, so rest assured it will be top quality. This trailer is similar to the first trailer, but includes clips of Cameron talking about how great the 3D looks, and how cool it is to go back and revisit this movie in 3D some 25 years later. "It looks pretty spectacular." However, this trailer is only available in 2D. This sci-fi action classic stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, Earl Boen, and Joe Morton. I still don't know if I really want to see this in 3D or not. What about you?

 Posted June 30 in 3D, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Wesley Snipes Stars in First Trailer for Sci-Fi Action 'Armed Response'

Armed Response Trailer

"Whoever did this is still inside." Saban Films has debuted the trailer for a weird new sci-fi action thriller titled Armed Response, starring Wesley Snipes - who seems to be back in action between this and The Recall. The film is about a crew of special forces soldiers who go to a special high-tech military compound to investigate the disappearance of another team guarding the facility. The facility, known as a "Temple", is run by artificial intelligence designed to interrogate high level prisoners. But things get very strange as soon as they arrive. This also stars Anne Heche, Dave Annable, Gene Simmons, Anthony Azizi, and WWE Superstar Seth Rollins. I really don't know what to think of this - could be bad, could be okay. Take a look.

 Posted June 30 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: Neill Blomkamp's Oats Studios Debuts Second Film 'Firebase'

Firebase Film

Ready for more? Neill Blomkamp's experimental sci-fi filmmaking collective Oats Studios has premiered their second short film titled Firebase, set during the Vietnam War. This ultra violent action film is kind of a mix between Predator and Apocalypse Now, with some gnarly surprises in store for those brave enough to venture into the jungle. A few weeks ago, we featured the first film Rakka (about lizard-like aliens enslaving humanity). We also posted an extensive interview with Blomkamp discussing his ideas behind Oats Studios and what they're trying to pull off. So far these two shorts have been awesome, playing with crazy original ideas that no studio would probably greenlight. You can watch the entire film below - and damn is it wicked.

 Posted June 28 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

Trailer for Amat Escalante's Award Winning Sci-Fi Film 'The Untamed'

The Untamed Trailer

"What's there in the cabin is our primitive side." Strand Releasing has debuted an official trailer for a sexual sci-fi horror film titled The Untamed, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year. It won the Silver Lion award for Best Director, and went on to play Toronto, London, Sitges, Fantastic Fest, and more festivals all over the world. The story is about a couple in a troubled marriage who find a meteorite, and a mysterious creature along with it. "Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction." Starring Simone Bucio, Kenny Johnston, Jesús Meza, and Ruth Ramos. This looks seriously provocative and trippy, and reminds me a bit of Under the Skin. But the final shot with the weird tentacles makes this look totally nuts. I can't help but say I'm curious.

 Posted June 28 in SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Short Trailer for Indie Sci-Fi 'Axcellerator' Featuring Sean Young

Axcellerator Trailer

"I made something. Something that can change everything, the whole world!" A teaser trailer has debuted for an indie sci-fi film titled Axcellerator, from director David Giancola who runs his own production company out of Vermont. This super low budget thriller is about a car thief / delivery guy who stumbles upon the invention of the century, some kind of device that allows him to teleport, and brings a beautiful checkout clerk with him. Co-starring Ryan Wesen and Laura James, as well as Sean Young, Maxwell Caulfield, Sam J. Jones, John James, David Johnson, and John Romeo. I don't know what's going on in this trailer, but I am intrigued. It reminds me a bit of that Netflix sci-fi film ARQ. Check it out below.

 Posted June 27 in Indies, SciFi, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New Featurette for 'Blade Runner 2049' Takes Us Behind-the-Scenes

Blade Runner 2049 Featurette

"The story. The themes. The stunning visual environments. It was a pleasure getting back to the world of Blade Runner again." Warner Bros has unveiled a behind-the-scenes featurette for Blade Runner 2049, the sci-fi sequel directed by Denis Villeneuve. This is easily one of our most anticipated, and the more they show us, the better it looks. Holy crap. This direct sequel takes place 30 years after the original story, and stars Ryan Gosling as the new LAPD Officer who must find Deckard, who has been missing all this time. Harrison Ford returns to play Deckard, and the new cast of 2049 also includes Ana de Armas, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Robin Wright, Barkhad Abdi, Lennie James, and David Dastmalchian. All the footage in this looks stunning, and I love that everyone in this video talks about how daunting and impressive every aspect of it is. I'm so happy this movie looks this amazing. Cannot wait.

 Posted June 21 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Featurette for 'War for the Planet of the Apes' Examines the Stellar VFX

War for the Planet of the Apes Featurette

"I fight only to protect apes." 20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for War for the Planet of the Apes, focusing on the groundbreaking, unbelievable VFX work in the movie. Weta is the VFX studio responsible for bringing to life all of the apes in the movie, which is amazing because they didn't use a single real ape yet it's almost impossible to tell that they aren't real. Seriously. Weta has been improving with each of these three modern Apes movies, and this one has their best work yet. Andy Serkis returns as Caesar, and the cast includes Woody Harrelson as the Colonel. At this point, I really believe Fox needs to push Serkis for awards consideration, because it's jaw-dropping how much his performance makes Caesar feel real. I love that Fox is showing some of this behind-the-scenes footage now. Let's keep building up the hype.

 Posted June 21 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Extended Featurette for Luc Besson's 'Valerian' Takes Us into Space

Valerian Space Featurette

"Avatar makes everything possible. There's no limit anymore…" Europacorp has debuted a fantastic new featurette for Luc Besson's Valerian, his epic sci-fi adventure hitting theaters next month. This extended featurette is an impressive recap/introduction, looking back to the original graphic novel that this is based on, showing behind-the-scenes of development and production, and ending with finished footage from the film. The space opera sci-fi movie stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian, and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. They must travel to an intergalactic city full of different species called Alpha on a mission. I'm so excited to see this! If all the other trailers haven't interested you yet, maybe this will finally sell you on it.

 Posted June 19 in Featurette, SciFi, To Watch | Comments

Watch: Intriguing Sci-Fi Short 'Nano' Shows a Nanotechnology Future

Nano Sci-Fi Short Film

Is this the future we might live in if nanotechnology continues to develop? Check out this intriguing sci-fi short film titled Nano, from filmmaker Mike Manning, presenting a futuristic world where nanotechnology inside our bodies syncs with apps in order to change our experiences as human beings. It's a cool concept, and we probably will see something like this sometime in the future. However, I'm not a big fan of the film itself. It seems way too obsessed with sex and vanity than the technology, and the performances aren't that good either. I really wish this was better than it is, because I would be much more excited about it. That said, I'm featuring this anyway as a cool proof-of-concept short for those who still want to watch. Have fun.

 Posted June 16 in SciFi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

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