"It's a gateway - and it leads straight, down, to hell." Sony Pictures UK has debuted the first full UK trailer for a horror comedy titled Slaughterhouse Rulez, the latest from director Crispian Mills (A Fantastic Fear of Everything). The film is also the latest featuring both Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, the duo best known from Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy. Slaughterhouse Rulez is about an illustrious British boarding school that becomes a bloody battleground when a mysterious sinkhole appears at a nearby fracking site unleashing unspeakable horror. It's going to be bloody. Starring Asa Butterfield, Finn Cole, Hermione Corfield, Michael Sheen, with Frost and Pegg. This reminds me a bit of Battle Royale, but packed with British humor and rich yuppies instead of crazy Japanese gore. Looks like fun. Prepare to get Slaughtered…
"How do you deal with this? You're never going to be able to un-see what you saw." Uh oh. Briarcliff Ent. has unveiled the first trailer for the new documentary by Michael Moore, titled simply Fahrenheit 11/9, a spin on the title of his Oscar-winning documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 released in 2004. This time Moore digs deep into the American culture to ask two provocative questions about the "Trump era": How the f**k did we get here, and how the f**k do we get out? I'm honestly very curious to see how Moore tackles this, as he has been very vocal on Twitter the last few years, talking about how crazy everything has become. The film will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival first, then they've already set a late September release date in theaters nationwide for everyone to see this and get riled up. Not much is shown in the trailer, but get ready.
"Why are you so sad?" Screen International has unveiled the first official trailer for László Nemes' new film Sunset and my goodness does it looks incredible. This is the next film from the highly acclaimed Hungarian director of the film Son of Saul, and it's set to premiere at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals this fall. Sunset tells the story of a young girl who grows up to become a strong and fearless woman in Budapest before World War I. Juli Jakab stars as Írisz Leiter, and the cast includes Vlad Ivanov, Susanne Wuest, Björn Freiberg, Levente Molnár, Mónika Balsai, Urs Rechn, Judit Bárdos, and Evelin Dobos. I don't know much about this film yet, but I think it looks extraordinary already, especially because I believe Nemes is a genius (for making Son of Saul). I'll be seeing this in Venice and will have a review up soon after.
"Do you understand how important this is, and how important art is?" Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie romantic drama titled A Boy. A Girl. A Dream., from writer/director Qasim Basir. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and it plays out as one-long-take following two people who meet in Los Angeles and go on a "thrilling and emotional journey" together, a bit like Richard Linklater's Before films. On the night of the 2016 Presidential election, Cass played by Omari Hardwick, an L.A. club promoter, randomly meets Frida played by Meagan Good, a Midwestern visitor. She challenges him to revisit his broken dreams - while he pushes her to discover hers. This looks so good, I'm a bit sad I missed it at Sundance, but happy I have a chance to catch up with it soon. Take a look below.
"She's going to destroy everything my mother created!" Time to fight back against the evil forces! Disney has revealed a second official trailer for their new live-action take on a classic story - The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Going back to the original story, this one has a darker side (as seen in this trailer) and seems to be a mix of Alice in Wonderland and Chronicles of Narnia. This new movie stars Mackenzie Foy as Clara, who gets lost in another realm where she finds gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. The cast includes Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Matthew Macfadyen, Miranda Hart, Ellie Bamber, and Jack Whitehall. This second trailer features even more magical footage and stunning CGI worlds, with some weird twists and super wacky characters. I'm honestly not sure if I'm excited for this or not - there's just too much going on. I am curious about Lasse Hallström & Joe Johnston co-directing it.
"I want my moneyyy!!" Freestyle Digital Media has released an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Danger One, directed by filmmaker Tom Oesch (Echo). Described as a "dark comedy/action film", the film follows two paramedics taking a dying man to the hospital, who find a million dollars in cash sewn into his clothing. When the man dies, they decide to keep it, setting them on a path for a hellish night of violence and mayhem. Tom Everett Scott co-stars in this with James Jurdi, as well as Angélica Celaya, Denis O'Hare, Michael O'Neill, Damon Dayoub, and Charles Shaughnessy. This actually looks crazy fun, a wild mix of comedy and action. The trailer ramps up and gets more intense and insane by the end. Have fun.
"For him, your voice is opera." Screen Media Films has debuted the official trailer for an intense romantic drama titled Bel Canto, based on the best-selling novel of the same name written by Ann Patchett. Inspired by the events of the Japanese embassy hostage crisis (also called the Lima hostage crisis) of 1996-1997 in Lima, Peru, the novel has received several awards including the Orange Prize for Fiction and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The intimate, tense love story is about a famous soprano, played by Julianne Moore, who gets entangled with a wealthy Japanese industrialist, played by Ken Watanabe. She travels down to the embassy in South America, and falls for him while being held hostage. Also starring Sebastian Koch, Christopher Lambert, Ryo Kase, Tenoch Huerta, and María Mercedes Coroy. Take a look below.
"I need to speak for him." 20th Century Fox has debuted a second trailer for the real world drama titled The Hate U Give, adapted from Angie Thomas' book. Amandla Stenberg (seen in The Hunger Games and Everything Everything) stars as Starr, a young woman who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. The cast includes Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, Common, and Anthony Mackie. This reminds me of the Sundance films Blindspotting and Monsters and Men, also about police shooting unarmed black men. The more I see from this movie, the more it looks so powerful and raw and real and a must-see for me.
"He thought he failed. But he was one of the biggest successes I've ever had." Netflix has unveiled a trailer for a short film titled Zion, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It also won Best Documentary Short at the Atlanta Film Festival, and the "Special Recognition" Audience Award at the Aspen Shortsfest Festival this year. Zion is a portrait of Zion Clark, a young wrestler who was born without legs and grew up in foster care. Wrestling is his passion and was the only constant thing in his childhood. It's not often we feature trailers for short films, but considering this is an award-winning short debuting on Netflix, this is certainly worth highlighting anyway. This looks like a short we all should watch once it's out.
"Their reign begins." This is awesome!! A fan has recut and edited the first trailer for Michael Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters, first released at Comic-Con this year. He has remade the trailer to look and play like a vintage 1960s Japanese trailer for a Godzilla movie from then and it's pretty much perfect. This sequel to Gareth Edwards's Godzilla reboot from 2014 is directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat, Krampus), with Godzilla battling other mythical massive monsters, including Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three headed King Ghidorah. It's going to be epic. Dougherty's Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Millie Bobby Brown (from "Stranger Things") plus Bradley Whitford, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Zhang Ziyi, Thomas Middleditch, with Ken Watanabe. I really love it when these kind of fan edits turn out this good. Enjoy.
"Your rap career is not over! … Tonight, the after party to end all after parties." Netflix has launched a trailer for an indie comedy titled The After Party, a film about an up-and-coming rapper who almost ruins his career when he pukes on Wiz Khalifa. His friend convinces him to take him to an after party where he'll have another shot at making it big if he can perform and impress the attendees. The story takes place during "one wild night", of course. The cast includes Kyle Harvey, Harrison Holzer, Shelley Hennig, Teyana Taylor, Jordan Rock, Amin Joseph, Andy Buckley, and Blair Underwood; featuring cameos by Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, DJ Khaled, Ski Mask the Slump God, Desiigner, Pusha T, Jadakiss, Tee Grizzley, Young M.A., and more. This looks funky and entertaining, but nothing that will make a real mark in the end.
"I'm starting this crew… And I'd love for you to be in it." Shout Factory + Showtime have debuted a trailer for the film All Styles, a feature dance drama starring "So You Think You Can Dance: Season 10" winner Du-Shaunt "Fik-Shun" Stegall in his first major acting role. "Fik-Shun" plays a talented hip-hop dancer from Las Vegas named Brandon, who is heading off to college. He decides to put together a ragtag crew of dancers, featuring all different style (hence the title), to compete in a competition against his former friends. This also stars Keon Motakhaveri, Tetona Jackson, James Moses Black, Heather Morris, Erica Klein, Hokuto "Hok" Konishi, Taylor Pierce, and Raymond "Nasty Ray" Mora. This concept isn't that original, films like School of Rock have played on the "different styles" for a competition concept, but it does look fresh and fun. And it's obviously meant to inspire more people to follow their dreams of dancing.