"Who needs brains?" Focus Features has unveiled an official trailer for a bold thriller titled Promising Young Woman, the feature directorial debut of "Killing Eve" producer / writer Emerald Fennell. The film is already set to open in theaters in April. What's the cool concept in this? Everyone said Cassie was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be: she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Traumatized by a tragic event in her past, she starts seeking vengeance against those who cross her path. Carey Mulligan stars with a big ensemble including Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Sam Richardson, Chris Lowell, Molly Shannon, and Clancy Brown. You do not want to miss this trailer.
"Your whole plan is doomed to failure…" Empire Mag. has debuted the first official trailer for a true story thriller titled Escape from Pretoria, which is opening first in the UK coming up this March. The film is about two white South Africans, imprisoned for working on behalf of the ANC. They attempt to escape from the notorious white man's Pretoria Prison, known as "Robben Island", the same place former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela was imprisoned before. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Daniel Webber as the two leads, with a cast including Ian Hart, Nathan Page, Stephen Hunter, Mark Leonard Winter, Jeanette Cronin, David Wilson, and Ratidzo Mambo. Based on a true story, of course. This looks like a solid prison escape thriller, about insistent prisoners who want out as a way of fighting back. Have a look.
"How does it make you… feel?" UFO Distribution from France has unveiled the first international trailer for an indie psychological drama titled Swallow, from writer/director Carlo Mirabella-Davis. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and also stopped by Fantastic Fest and Fantasia, meaning it's more than just a straightforward drama - as this trailer hints. Haley Bennett stars as Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, who finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband & his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her obsession. The cast includes Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche, Luna Lauren Velez, Zabryna Guevara, as well as Denis O'Hare. There's such a sinister and unsettling undercurrent in this which makes it all the more compelling.
"This is what was in the mine… It's a diabolical spirit." Searchlight has revealed the third & final official trailer for Antlers, the latest from director Scott Cooper (of Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, Black Mass, Hostiles). The first two trailers have been very creepy and very effective at introducing this monster horror story. In the film, a small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences. It's adapted from a short story called "The Quiet Boy" by Nick Antosca, which grabbed the attention of Guillermo del Toro because he is also producing this dark fantasy horror feature. Antlers stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, JT Corbitt, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan. Look for the arm in that final shot.
"I can only imagine how many nights you woke up in a cold sweat?" Lionsgate has debuted a full trailer for the first feature in a mystery crime-thriller trilogy from Sweden called Intrigo, adapted from a series of short stories. The first film, titled Intrigo: Death of an Author, will open in January in US theaters. The teaser we featured a few weeks ago teases the entire trilogy, but this new trailer is specifically for the first film only. Set in northern Europe including Sweden and the Netherlands, the trio of films deal with intimate portraits of crime. Benno Fürmann stars in this first one as a man who receives the last manuscript from a famous author who has disappeared. The cast also includes Ben Kingsley, Tuva Novotny, Elizabeth Counsell, Michael Byrne, Veronica Ferres, Ed Cooper Clarke, and Sandra Dickinson. The next films - Intrigo: Dear Agnes and Intrigo: Samaria - will follow later in the year. Seems like a good mystery.
"It's him again, isn't it?" Quiver Distribution has revealed the official US trailer for an indie thriller titled The Murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, which is indeed about the exact stated listed in the title. This is director Daniel Farrands' follow-up to his other murder films: The Amityville Murders and The Haunting of Sharon Tate. This was actually once known as The Haunting of Nicole Brown Simpson before they changed the title. Inspired by true events, the film follows O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson in the last days leading up to her tragic death on June 12th, 1994, as seen from her point of view. The film stars Mena Suvari as Nicole, with Drew Roy, Nick Stahl, Taryn Manning, & Agnes Bruckner. Maybe exploring this story is interesting to a few people, but there isn't much that I seriously care less about than this story.
"Nobody gets ahead in this game!" Saban Films has debuted an official US trailer for the indie thriller The Corrupted, which is opening in the US in January following an initial UK release earlier this summer. The crime thriller is set in London, specifically in East London and Stratford which has been redeveloped. Sam Claflin plays Liam, an ex-con trying to win back the love & trust of his family. His drive for redemption will see him caught up in a web of conspiracy, crime, and corruption, when he gets mixed up with a dangerous property developer. The full cast includes Timothy Spall, Hugh Bonneville, Charlie Murphy, Naomi Ackie, Joe Claflin (Sam's real brother who plays his brother in the film), and Noel Clarke. Looks like yet another crime film where a guy fresh out of prison gets caught up with all the wrong guys at the wrong time.
"If I was a girl, this would never had happened." Screen has debuted the first official trailer for a film titled Cook F**k Kill, which is not as lighthearted as that title makes it seem. Described as an "absurd drama", the film is directed by a Czech filmmaker named Mira Forney and deals with domestic abuse - about a man who loves to cook, fuck, and, well, kill. "Seen through the prism of a metaphor, the film is an intimate story about family or 'the most aggressive group within a society, with the exception of the army and the police', as Fornay states." Meaning the family, how people inside their home are abusive even if they're nice outside. Starring Jaroslav Plesl, Petra Fornayová, Regina Rázlová, Jan Alexander, Jazmína Cigánková. This premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and will likely arrive in the US sometime next year.
"It will heal me." "It will heal us." Kino Lorber has debuted a full-length official US trailer for the acclaimed Russian drama Beanpole, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. After initially winning the Best Director in Un Certain Regard award in Cannes, the film has since gone on to play at the Telluride, Toronto, Hamburg, London, Busan, and New York Film Festivals this fall. Beanpole is made by a 28-year-old Russian filmmaker named Kantemir Balagov. Set in the city of Leningrad (now known as Saint Petersburg), in 1945 at the end of WWII, two women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins. It's described as a "richly burnished, occasionally harrowing rendering of the persistent scars of war." Starring Viktoria Miroshnichenko and Vasilisa Perelygina as the two main women. If you're watching for an acclaimed international film to discover - you don't want to miss this one.
"It gets easier… But it ain't ever gunna be easy." An official trailer has arrived online for an indie coming-of-age comedy titled Bully, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Santino Campanelli. This premiered at the Dances With Films Festival last year, but hasn't played anywhere else yet - and it's pretty clear why as there's not much here. Bully is about a heavy-set high school kid named Jimmy who is constantly tormented by the resident school bully and his cronies. But after he meets a boxer, he starts training and learns how to fight back. Truly the best way to fight bullies is to literally fight them! Right?! Starring Tucker Albrizzi as Jimmy, along with Danny Trejo, Ron Canada, Vincent Pastore, Jack DiFalco, Elanna White, and Jay Lee. Despite the good intentions, it looks pretty bad and impressively derivative. Check it out anyway.
"Beware - even those who look innocent can be dangerous." Vertical Entertainment has unveiled an official trailer for an indie crime mystery thriller titled The Host, the feature directorial debut of TV director Andy Newbery. There have been at least two other major films with the name The Host, including Bong Joon-ho's monster movie, and also the sci-fi flick from Andrew Niccol. Can we stop using this especially bland title, please? Newbery's The Host is about a London banker who risks everything taking on a job carrying a briefcase to Amsterdam. "But all is not as it seems in a city veiled by dark secrets. Fuelled by power players, drugs, seduction and violence Robert awaits his turn in a deadly game of choice and consequence." Starring Maryam Hassouni, Mike Beckingham, Dougie Poynter, Nigel Barber, & Suan-Li Ong. Watch out.
"What did you say to her?! They told me you were smart!" Bleecker Street has debuted the first trailer for an indie drama titled The Assistant, a sort-of-fictional take on the Harvey Weinstein debacle, following a young assistant who starts working at his offices in New York City. This already premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, and it's also included in the Sundance 2020 line-up as one of their Spotlight selections. The film is about the stressful daily life of Jane, played by Julia Garner (from "Ozark", "Dirty John"), who is a new hire. As Jane follows her daily routine, she, and we, grow more aware of all the abuse that insidiously colors every aspect of her workday, and she finally tries to make a stand. Also with Matthew Macfadyen, Makenzie Leigh, Kristine Froseth, Jon Orsini, Noah Robbins, and Stéphanye Dussud. This looks incredibly chilling and upsetting, which is the point, to show you what it was really like to work for Harvey.