"Have you seen a dog pass by?" The Match Factory has released the first official trailer for an indie comedy titled Smuggling Hendrix, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film is about a man from Cyprus planning to leave the island until his dog runs off and crosses the UN Buffer Zone that separates the "Greek South" from the "Turkish North". He must figure out how to bring him back across. Starring Adam Bousdoukos, Vicky Papadopoulou, Fatih Al, Toni Dimitriou, and Özgür Karadeniz. "Through the simple story of a man who loses his dog, Smuggling Hendrix gives a vivid demonstration of how the fences we build, both real and imagined, between ourselves and others, can be broken down once we recognize the familiarity in the face of the unknown." I'm a dog lover so I'm totally into this, but it also looks damn good.
"Well that's creepy as hell." Sony Pictures has debuted the first official trailer for the horror movie Escape Room, which has also gone under the title The Maze, now being released in the first few days of January in early 2019. I'm not surprised that Hollywood has decided to capitalize on the massive popularity of escape rooms by making a horror movie about one. How original. There isn't much of a plot synopsis for this one, but it seems to be a bit like the Saw movies where six strangers end up trapped in some high tech "Escape Room" - though this one isn't just a game, they will really die if they don't escape. The cast includes Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Nik Dodani, with Yorick van Wageningen. I like that this sends them from room to room, I just hope the whole movie isn't that campy.
"We are not animals." "Aren't we?" RLJE Films has debuted the first official trailer for a crazy indie horror thriller titled Monster Party, which just premiered at Beyond Fest in LA earlier this month. The gory new horror flick is about three teenage thieves who infiltrate a mansion dinner party and plan a heist/robbery to pay off debt. But they soon discover that the guests as this particular dinner party are not who they seem - it's actually a party secretly hosted by a serial killer cult for the social elite. The ensemble cast includes Sam Strike, Erin Moriarty, Kian Lawley, Robin Tunney, Virginia Gardner, Brandon Micheal Hall, Bill Engvall, with Julian McMahon, and Lance Reddick. It's escribed as "funny, frightening, and flush with enough practical effects and gore to sate even the most demanding horror fans' bloodlust." Take a look.
"The next person can steal someone's already opened gift." RLJE Films has unveiled an official trailer for a creepy holiday horror titled All the Creatures Were Stirring, which premiered at the Chattanooga Film Festival this year, even though it will be getting a direct-to-VOD/DVD release this fall. This looks like a fun anthology horror to catch. When an awkward date on Christmas Eve leads a couple into a strange theater, they're treated to a bizarre and frightening collection of Christmas stories, featuring a wide ensemble of characters doing their best to avoid the horrors of the holidays. From boring office parties and last-minute shopping, to vengeful stalkers and immortal demons, there's plenty to fear this holiday season… The cast features Constance Wu (from Crazy Rich Asians), Amanda Fuller, Jonathan Kite, Graham Skipper, Jocelin Donahue, and Ashley Clements. This looks a bit low quality, but it might still be entertaining.
"You have to save yourself, I can't do this for you." Orion Classics has debuted an official trailer for an indie romantic comedy titled Unlovable, which first premiered at the SXSW Film Festival earlier this year. The indie comedy is about a sex and love addicted woman who becomes friends with a reclusive man who lives nearby. As one of the quotes in this trailer states, it's not so much a film about love, rather a "feel-good film about the power of friendship." Charlene deGuzman (from "Big Time Rush" now making her feature film debut) stars as Joy, with a stellar ensemble cast including John Hawkes, Melissa Leo, Paul James, with Ellen Geer and Jake McDorman. This looks like an honest, heartfelt film that doesn't try to say love will fix everything - which is really refreshing considering that's what most romance films are about. Enjoy.
"Rule 1: no one talks about swim club." IFC Films has debuted an official trailer for a British comedy titled Swimming With Men, a film directed by veteran English filmmaker Oliver Parker (The Importance of Being Earnest, Fade to Black, St. Trinian's 1 & 2, Dorian Gray, Johnny English Reborn, Dad's Army). The film is about a man suffering a crippling mid-life crisis who finds new meaning in his life as part of an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team. This is oddly the same setup as a French film titled Sink or Swim, pretty much the exact same thing but this one is British. The film stars Rob Brydon as Eric, with a full cast including Adeel Akhtar, Thomas Turgoose, Jim Carter, Daniel Mays, Rupert Graves, Charlotte Riley, Jane Horrocks, and Nathaniel Parker. This looks like the kind of comedy that only appeals to certain age groups with awkward humor. This isn't for me, but others might be into it.
"There is no mercy for her soul… And there is no escape from the curse of La Llorona." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for a new supernatural horror film arriving in April of next year. The Curse of La Llorona is a "timeless Mexican legend" about a "horrifying apparition, caught between Heaven and Hell, trapped in a terrible fate sealed by her own hand." Freaky. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm. This stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas, Marisol Ramirez, Jaynee-Lynne Kinchen, and Roman Christou. This really is a terrifying teaser, getting right into the horror fast. It has a few jump scares but it's also good at introducing this story without giving away much. Beware of her chilling wail… she will stop at nothing to lure you into the gloom.
"They've got some surprises waiting for you and your girl here." Cleopatra Ent. has unveiled a new official trailer for an indie horror film titled Death House, which first premiered at a small festival last year but didn't show up at too many other places. Made by filmmaker Harrison Smith, Death House is an "ensemble horror" described as "The Expendables of the horror genre" by critics. A power outage inside a secret prison known as the Death House sends two agents fighting through a labyrinth of horrors. As they fight to escape, the agents push toward the lowest depths of the facility where they learn a supernatural group of evil beings is their only chance for survival. Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Moseley, Tony Todd, Dee Wallace, Barbara Crampton, Sid Haig, and Cody Longo. The film also features cameos from numerous iconic stars from past horror flicks. That seems like a cool idea for a new film, but this looks dismal at first glance.
"Could you leave me alone?!" Abramorama has debuted an official trailer for an odd, indie romantic comedy titled Write When You Get Work, the latest film from New York-based filmmaker Stacy Cochran (My New Gun, Drop Back Ten). This premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and will hit theaters this November. Described as a "story about money, mischief, love and entitlement." The story follows two people living in New York City, who cross paths again years after they were lovers in high school. Jonny is as consumed with Ruth as he was in their school days, and he infiltrates her life for love and profit. Rachel Keller stars, with Finn Wittrock, Emily Mortimer, Scott Cohen, Jessica Hecht, and James Ransone. I dig the grainy 16mm look of this, and the heist twist, but I'm not sure it's going to amount to anything. Check it out below.
"I don't think he stopped killing…" IFC has released the first official trailer for a serial killer horror thriller titled The Clovehitch Killer, from director Duncan Skiles, which originally premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this year. This "chilling portrait of all-American evil" is about a picture-perfect family that's shattered when the work of a serial killer hits too close to home. Charlie Plummer (from Lean on Pete, The Dinner, All the Money in the World) stars as Tyler, a Boy Scout who discovers evidence and begins to suspect his own dad, a respectable family man and community leader, of secretly being a serial killer known as the "Clovehitch Killer." The title is a reference to the clove hitch knot, a fairly useful knot taught in Boy Scouts. Also starring Dylan McDermott, Samantha Mathis, Madisen Beaty, Brenna Sherman, and Lance Chantiles-Wertz. This trailer alone sends chills down my spine, it looks like a very creepy thriller.
"The five of us won't stand a chance on our own - we need to raise an army." 20th Century Fox has finally released the first full-length trailer for the fantasy adventure comedy The Kid Who Would Be King, the latest film by director Joe Cornish, of the sci-fi favorite Attack the Block previously. This looks awesome! Another story about bullied kids learning to stand up for themselves. Alex thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical "Sword in the Stone", Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights, and join with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. Starring Louis Ashbourne Serkis as Alex, plus Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, Tom Taylor, Rhianna Dorris, and Dean Chaumoo. This looks like a ton of fun, and it's an original idea, and it looks different than most Hollywood movies nowadays, so you can definitely count me in. Fire it up below.
"You chose to play cops and robbers - and you lost." Annapurna Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for Karyn Kusama's action thriller Destroyer, which premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. Set in Los Angeles, the film follows an alcoholic detective who reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to try and move on from what still haunts her. Nicole Kidman stars as Detective Erin Bell, and the full cast includes Sebastian Stan, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Jade Pettyjohn, and Scoot McNairy. This film has received lots of attention for Kidman's heavy make-up, which is used in only half the film to show how much she has changed from the past. I saw this in Toronto and I hated the film, it's derivative, bland, and cliche in every way - and Kidman's performance didn't impress me at all. But that's just my take, and others seem to be enjoying it much more.