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"We won't stop until the threat has been eliminated. You… are all the threat." Level 33 Ent. has released an official trailer for a gnarly conspiracy horror-thriller film titled Behemoth, marking the feature directorial debut of digital artist Peter Szewczyk. He has worked for years in Hollywood in the VFX industry in various positions, from artist to supervisor and so on. Now he is making his own films. Behemoth is "an ambitious independent feature packed with monsters and demons unlike anything seen on its budget level." A father will risk anything, even his soul, to save his terminally ill daughter from a disease coming from a chemical company he used to work for. The cast includes Josh Eisenberg, Paul Statman, Jennifer Churchich, Richard Wagner, and Whitney Nielsen. This reminds me of the cult hit Psycho Goreman - solid indie filmmaking with some incredible FX work on all the creatures in it. Is he hallucinating? Or are they all real?
"When was the last time you got together with old friends to laugh your assess off?" Paramount Pics has debuted the first official trailer for Jackass Forever, the fourth and supposedly final movie in the Jackass series. The original show launched in 2000, but the first movie didn't debut until 2002 and they're still here 20 years later. Celebrate the joy of being back together with your best friends and a perfectly executed shot to the dingdong, the original jackass crew return for another round of hilarious, wildly absurd, and often dangerous displays of comedy with a little help from some exciting new cast. The film stars all the Jackass regulars like: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey, and Dave England; alongside some new members: Sean "Poopies" McInerney, Jasper Dolphin, and Zach Holmes. Plus more guest stars like Spike Jonze, Shaquille O'Neal, Post Malone, and Tyler the Creator. It's good to be back with ol' friends? This does look hilariously… painful.
"He wants to talk to you." Warner Bros has unveiled the first official trailer for Malignant, the new horror thriller movie from James Wan, returning to his roots with another original creation. This was initially set to open last summer, but was delayed due to the pandemic - now arriving in theaters + on HBO Max starting in September of this year. In this one, Madison is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities. The cast includes Annabelle Wallis as Madison, Jake Abel, George Young, Jacqueline McKenzie, Mckenna Grace, Maddie Hasson, Ingrid Bisu, and Michole Briana White. This seems inspired a bit by the Ring and A Nightmare on Elm Street movies, but still looks like something entirely unique. Which is exciting! Tons of extra frightening footage in this plus that killer final shot. You won't be able to look away from Malignant.
"Do you swear on your life – that what you say is true?" 20th Century Studios has unveiled the first official trailer for The Last Duel, one of two new Ridley Scott movies he finished this year. This one is already set to open in theaters in October at the start of the fall. His other new movie, House of Gucci, doesn't have an official release date set yet but is also expected to premiere this fall. This strange story is based on the book The Last Duel by Eric Jager, and was adapted by none other than Ben Affleck & Matt Damon and fellow filmmaker Nicole Holofcener. King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel over the alleged rape of Jean's wife, Marguerite. The exceptional lead cast includes Adam Driver, Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, & Ben Affleck, along with Harriet Walter, Nathaniel Parker, Sam Hazeldine, and Michael McElhatton. This looks much more dark and moody and intense than expected. But of course! Ridley is all about seriously epic historical tales of honor & pride.
"It's a universal dance across all the nations." Madman Films has released the first trailer for an Australian documentary called Araatika: Rise Up!, also going under the title (outside of Oz) The Fight Together. This is premiering at the Melbourne Film Festival coming up in the next few months, but no release is set yet. For Indigenous Australian rugby league players, a pre-game "unity dance" is an important step towards celebrating their cultures and combating entrenched racism. A group of NRL greats got together to invent a new pre-game ceremony, initially a response to the Maori Haka, but also to celebrate Aboriginal cultures, and counter racism in rugby league. They now want to use that dance to change the hearts and minds of all Australians. "Featuring several NRL greats, prominent First Nations figures like Stan Grant and Adam Goodes, and the Bangarra Dance Theatre, Araatika: Rise Up! is the story of one man's determination and a spirited call-to-arms to stand behind Indigenous Australia." This sounds fantastic! And for those who don't know much about Australian sports, this'll make a great double feature with The Australian Dream. Enjoy.
"You had the sun, the sea, nature, and music." Dogwoof has unveiled the UK trailer for another fascinating music history documentary called Under the Volcano, which probably isn't what you're expecting from that title. This premiered at this year's SXSW Film Festival, and arrives on Blu-ray in the UK this month - and lands in the US on VOD starting August. On a remote Caribbean island, in the shadow of a volcano, the world's biggest recording artists made music and myth that defined an era. The film is about a studio called AIR Studios Montserrat, built on a tiny island called Montserrat located in the Caribbean near Barbuda. "Built by Beatles' producer Sir George Martin, AIR Studios Montserrat was the birthplace of mega-hits such as Money for Nothing and Every Breath You Take… The studio formed the backdrop to monumental events including the break-up of The Police, reunion of The Rolling Stones, and reinvigoration of Paul McCartney after the tragic murder of John Lennon." It looks like such a beautiful place to make music! Check this out.
"We've saved you the best seat in the house…" Shout Factory has released a new official US trailer for the strange, eccentric, indie film titled The Show, directed by filmmaker Mitch Jenkins. This premiered at the Sitges Film Festival last year, and we featured an early teaser trailer back then. A man's search for a stolen artifact leads him to the haunted town ("Northampton - a strange and haunted town in the heart of England as dangerous as he is") filled with Voodoo gangsters, masked adventurers, Depression-era private eyes and violent chiaroscuro women. From the mind of writer Alan Moore (known for Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing) comes a new feature film starring Tom Burke (seen in The Souvenir), Siobhan Hewlett, Alan Moore (oh yes), Ellie Bamber, Darrell D'Silva, Richard Dillane, Christopher Fairbank, and Sheila Atim. Welcome to The Show. I'm still not sure what to make of it, and this new trailer doesn't really help much. So much odd footage in here along with a treasure trove of kooky characters. Is anyone curious?
"Cinema is not dead," proclaimed Thierry Frémaux during the announcement of the official selection for the 2021 Cannes Film Festival a few months ago. He was right, of course, but we already knew that. Cinema will never die! It just took a little break during the 2020 pandemic year, with cinemas closed worldwide. But filmmakers were still working on films - finishing up post-production from their homes, or even filming new projects when they were finally allowed to resume production (with masks required along with extensive safety protocols). Aside from the 2020 Venice Film Festival held last September, which still took place in-person despite no vaccines available yet, the 2021 Cannes Film Festival is technically the second major film festival to resume "normal operation" following years of shut downs and pandemic restrictions worldwide. They wanted to get back to how it used to be, with 100% full cinemas, and thankfully nothing bad happened.
"I will go out finishing what my hero started… Life's funny like that." Disney has launched the trailer for a documentary film called Stuntman, from director Kurt Mattila. This originally premiered at the 2018 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award, but was never been released until this year. And it might be worth the wait - Stuntman will be streaming on Disney+ this month. The film follows professional stuntman Eddie Braun as he prepares for and attempts the most dangerous stunt in cinematic history – a recreation of Evel Knievel's Snake River rocket jump. With new music from rock icon Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators) and a score by Jeremy Zuckerman, this Stuntman film "straddles the line between documentary and non-fiction action film, offering a rare look into the entertainment industry's most dangerous and anonymous profession through the eyes of one of its renowned veterans as he risks his life for some of the biggest action stars in the world." Exec produced by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia. It looks like a good story about a serious stunt-a-holic, with a focus on his rocket jump homage to his hero.
"I need warriors like you… to become the future of the clan." Paramount has unveiled a third & final official trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, landing in theaters nationwide later this week. Learn about the beginnings of the masked ninja known only as Snake Eyes! We've featured two other awesome trailers for this origin story movie already, and as far as we can tell from the trailers, it's going to be one of the most exciting action events of the summer. Bring it on!! Henry Golding stars as Snake Eyes, replacing Ray Park who portrayed him in the previous films. He is trained in Japan was a ninja warrior by Arashikage, but his "honor and allegiance will be tested" in this movie. The cast includes Samara Weaving as Scarlett, with Haruka Abe as Akiko, Úrsula Corberó as The Baroness, Peter Mensah, as well as Iko Uwais as Hard Master. This trailer also focuses a bit on his rival, Storm Shadow, played by Andrew Koji. I'm sooo looking forward to watching this, another impressive action movie to entice everyone back to theaters this summer.
"It was the greatest mistake of my life… and everyone else is paying for it." While we wait for the next real Spider-Man movie to arrive, there is an intriguing new fan film on the horizon. From GJ Konop, Spider-Man: Lotus is a fan film in development now aiming to be released in 2022 - and the first teaser trailer has dropped. This version of Spidey is more of a throwback to the earlier comic book version, referencing stories like 'Spider-Man: Blue' and 'The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man'. Though GJK says he's also inspired by Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2, of course. Following the tragic death of his former girlfriend – seemingly caused by his own attempt to save her – Peter Parker lingers in his guilt of the past… When he's met by the news that a terminally ill child has requested to meet Spider-Man, Peter contemplates the decision to comfort him in his final days. Warden Wayne stars as Parker, with a small cast including Sean Wythe, Moriah Brooklyn, Tuyen Powell, and Max Fox. Very curious to see more from this project - check out the first look below.
"The people in Seoul don't even know what's happening to us, right?" Well Go USA has released an official US trailer for a Korean film called Escape from Mogadishu, originally known as just Mogadishu. This is debuting in early August in the US in select theaters, just a few weeks after it opens in Korea first, which is a quick turnaround for a Korean film. Based on a true story: as civil war rages in Mogadishu, rival North and South Korean diplomats are left trapped. With no aid from either government, their only shot at survival may require uniting with bitter adversaries to escape. The cast of Escape from Mogadishu includes Kim Yoon-seok, Huh Joon-ho, Zo In-sung, Koo Kyo-hwan, Joung Man-sik, and Kim So-jin. This is an intense trailer, with brutal shots of civil war violence included uncensored, as they try to make it out safely.