ENJOY THE MOVIES
"We met these two animals down in Mexico." 20th Century Studios has released the first official trailer for a raunchy studio comedy called Vacation Friends, a very generic title for a movie about, well, friends from a vacation. This is being dumped directly to Hulu streaming at the end of August, skipping theaters entirely which isn't a good sign either. A couple meets up with another couple while on vacation in Mexico, but their friendship takes an awkward turn when they get back home and their new friends surprisingly crash their wedding - "proving that what happens on vacation, doesn't necessarily stay on vacation." Yvonne Orji and Lil Rel Howery star as one couple, with Meredith Hagner and John Cena as the extra wild couple; also with Lynn Whitfield, Robert Wisdom, Tawny Newsome, and Kamal Bolden. Drugs everywhere, what could go wrong? This looks crazy absurd, not necessarily in a crazy good way, but in a crazy kooky way.
"As good as the original, maybe even better?" It can't be! This is some of the best 30-seconds of nostalgia bliss you will enjoy this entire year. Many try, but few succeed, in making great commercials based on our favorite movies. But this one perfectly pulls it off and goes even further to make us wonder who that other little Gremlin is. Mountain Dew released this fun new TV spot for their "Mtn Dew Zero Sugar" flavor, which comes with that "as good as the original" tagline. So they went back to the original Gremlins, brought back Gizmo and his co-star Zach Galligan (who played Billy in the 1984 film), and put together a cute 'lil story. We highly recommend watching this TV spot even though it is just shameless nostalgia-mining advertising.
"No one can ever know about this money." Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for White People Money, a hilarious new satire from filmmaker Mark Harris (, House Behind The Tracks, Everyday But Christmas). The film stars Barton Fitzpatrick as Kareem, and Drew Sidora as his wife Nora. They end up winning a surprise contest giving away 15 billion dollars to 15 winners. But Kareem insists that they must keep their big time winnings a secret from everyone - including their own families and friends. Also starring Aaron D. Spears, Dawn Noel, Nicole Arbour, and Sarah Cigan. This looks amusing, but the trailer seems like it's only showing the setup. What happens next? Are they successful? Or is it a big scam…?
"The kind of genre cinema we dream of." RLJE Films has debuted a new official trailer for the upcoming VOD release of a wacky horror sci-fi comedy titled Psycho Goreman. We featured a teaser trailer earlier in the year before the film's originally planned premiere at SXSW (before the fest was cancelled). This is the latest film from Canadian filmmaker / SFX artist Steven Kostanski (who most recently made The Void) and it instead premiered at Monster Fest and the Sitges Film Festival this year. PG, or Psycho Goreman, is about two kids who, using a magical amulet, force the evil monster who showed up to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia. Starring Nita-Josée Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, and Matthew Ninaber as PG. This looks ridiculously awesome and totally kooky and I am so looking forward to it. She will enslave the galaxy.
"Why you?" "You're literally the most average person on Earth." Warner Bros has unveiled the trailer for a comedy titled Superintelligence, the latest creation of actress Melissa Mccarthy and her director husband Ben Falcone (following Tammy, The Boss, Life of the Party). This is skipping theaters and debuting directly on HBO Max at the end of the month - which is probably for the best considering this looks awful. When an all-powerful Superintelligence (voiced by James Corden) chooses to study the most average person on Earth, the fate of the world hangs in the balance. As the A.I. decides to enslave, save or destroy humanity, it's up to Carol to prove that people are worth saving. This stars Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry, and Jean Smart. It looks like a dumb comedy ripoff of Her without any laughs. Ugh.
"Is that a candy cane or are you just happy to see me?" Ohhh boy. IndieCan Ent from up in Canada has also released an official trailer for a comedy titled Cup of Cheer, from Toronto filmmaker Jake Horowitz. "Yuk it up this November with a riotously funny new satire of every cheesy Christmas Movie you've ever seen!" A wacky new comedy in the tradition of classics spoofs Flying High!, Airplane, and The Naked Gun, Cup of Cheer arrives on VOD this November. A big city journalist goes to a small town for the holidays and finds herself in an unlikely romance with the owner of a struggling hot cocoa shop. Cup of Cheer stars Storm Steenson as Mary, plus Steve Kasan, Shawn Vincent, Adam Jenner, Liam Marshall, & Alexander Oliver. Sad to say this looks awful. I guess they just don't make spoof comedies like they used to anymore.
"I'm really good looking… if you're into anime." RLJE Films has released the first official trailer for The Opening Act, a new comedy about a struggling stand-up comedian made by stand-up comedians. Written and directed by Steve Byrne, this stars Jimmy O. Yang as a wannabe comedian named Will. The film tells the story of Will, whose true life passion is to become a stand-up comedian. He is given the opportunity to emcee a comedy show, opening for his hero, Billy G. Will has to decide if he wants to continue the life he has set up or to pursue his dream, the life of a comedian. The cast of funny people includes Alex Moffat, Cedric The Entertainer, Neal Brennan, Debby Ryan, Ken Jeong, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Jermaine Fowler, Russell Peters, Tom Segura, and Iliza Shlesinger. It's not really the most original story, but this is enlivened by letting Jimmy O. Yang express himself through this film & his stand-up jokes.
"There's something off… in this town!" Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for Hubie Halloween, the new Adam Sandler comedy on Netflix streaming in October (just in time for Halloween). Despite his devotion to his hometown of Salem, MA (and its Halloween celebration), Hubie Dubois (played of course by Adam Sandler) is a figure of mockery for kids and adults alike. But this year, something is going bump in the night, and it's up to Hubie to save Halloween. He must convince the townsfolk that the monsters are real, and only he can stop them. A hilarious family film about an unlikely hero with an all-star cast including Kevin James, Rob Schneider, June Squibb, Kenan Thompson, Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Chiklis, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Noah Schnapp, Steve Buscemi, and Maya Rudolph; produced by Happy Madison. This actually looks kind of fun, not as bad as it sounds, which is an odd relief. Check it out.
"Just get rid of the guy." Lionsgate has released a trailer for a comedy titled Guest House, the latest from actor / filmmaker Sam Maccarone. This looks as stupid as they come, which should surprise no one. A newly engaged couple finally finds the home of their dreams, but it all quickly becomes a nightmare when the previous owner's friend continues squatting in their guest house. It soon leads to a turf war that ultimately ruins their house, their marriage and their lives. Starring Pauly Shore, Mike Castle, Aimee Teegarden, Billy Zane, Steve-O, Charlotte McKinney, Erik Griffin, Felipe Esparza, and Bobby Lee. With this cast, and with this redundant "outrageous, raunchy comedy" concept, this movie is straight out of the 90s – and belongs there. It looks like Jackass meets Neighbors, but much dumber than both of those. Have fun…
"Aren't you ever tired of just being so responsible?" Madman Films from Australia has just released the first official Australian trailer for Baby Done, a fun coming-of-baby comedy made by New Zealand filmmaker Curtis Vowell. It is also executive produced by none other than Taika Waititi! Supporting his own New Zealanders. Wannabe-adventurer Zoe freaks out when she falls pregnant with her long-term boyfriend Tim. As Tim embraces the prospect of fatherhood, Zoe attempts to rush through her dreams. "Growing a baby doesn't mean growing up." Ha. Starring Rose Matafeo and Matthew Lewis as Zoe and Tim, along with Rachel House, Emily Barclay, and Ryan O'Kane. It's cool to see this twist about a woman who doesn't really want a baby dealing with pregnancy, but the humor seems just as bad as so many other dull comedies.
"The authorities say: 'sea monsters aren't real.'" But we know they are! Arrow Video has released an official trailer for an intriguing indie comedy adventure horror genre mashup titled Lake Michigan Monster, from a filmmaker named Ryland Brickson Cole Tews, who also stars in this as the Captain. "All aboard! The combined spirits of H.P. Lovecraft, early Sam Raimi and Mystery Science Theater 3000 inhabit this action-packed tale of nautical derring-do and monster mayhem – winner of the Audience Award for Best International Feature at the 2019 Fantasia Film Festival." An eccentric ship captain and a crew of specialists plot revenge against the most mysterious creature of the deep -- the Lake Michigan Monster. Presented in "glorious" black & white. Starring Ryland as Seafield, with Erick West, Beulah Peters, Daniel Long, and Wayne Tews. This looks cool! I always enjoy these funky, strange, clever genre films exploring wacky concepts. This also looks like a film made on drugs that's best seen on drugs. Because, whoa - it looks wild.
"There she is, guys - the most godforsaken castle in all of Mexico." RLJE Films has released a new official US trailer for the indie horror comedy DeadTectives, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Tony West. This first premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in 2018, and it also played at Mexico's Morbido Film Fest, Fantasporto, and the Seattle Film Festival. A team of reality TV ghost hunters experience true paranormal activity for the first time while filming a make-or-break episode in the most haunted mansion in Mexico. Facing cancellation on the one hand and supernatural entities on the other, the team must figure out a way to bust the ghosts, deliver the episode of a lifetime, and escape with their lives intact. Starring Chris Geere, David Newman, José María de Tavira, and Tina Ivlev. Cool concept, but this looks so impressively bad. And why is this trailer so dark? Is the whole film like that? This one looks worth skipping.