"I hope you guys aren't mixed up with this stuff. This is a whole other level of mixed up." AMC / Creator+ have revealed an official trailer for an indie paranoia thriller titled Jane, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Sabrina Jaglom. Not to be confused with the other "Jane" films this year - Call Jane and The Janes (about the underground abortion network in the 70s) - this is something else. Seemingly perfect high school senior, Olivia, struggles with grief from the recent loss of a friend. When she gets deferred from her dream college she begins to spiral and experiences a series of increasingly frightening panic attacks. In an attempt to regain some sense of control, she embarks on a social media rampage against those that stand in the way of her success but, as things escalate, she is forced to confront – and soon embrace – her darkest impulses to get ahead. I wonder if that means she took this other girl out?! Crazy. Starring Madelaine Petsch, Chlöe Bailey, and Oscar-winning Melissa Leo, with Chloe Yu and Nina Bloomgarden. This looks like it gets dark and twisted and really freaky once she starts to lose it – modern day paranoia thriller.
"We will clean the sails!" Neon has unveiled the first official trailer for Triangle of Sadness, the latest wacky wild Ruben Östlund comedy straight from the Cannes Film Festival. This won the top prize Palme d'Or at Cannes, the second time Ruben has won following his victory with The Square a few years ago. This time he skewers the rich and wealthy in a comedy about how ridiculous their lives are, focusing mainly on what happens when a group of them spend time on a fancy yacht with a drunken captain. A special cruise for the super-rich flounders thus leaving survivors, including a fashion model celebrity couple, trapped on an island. The ensemble cast features Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean, Dolly de Leon, Zlatko Burić, Henrik Dorsin, Vicki Berlin, and Woody Harrelson as the doesn't-give-a-fuck captain. This isn't my favorite Östlund film, but it is absolutely hilarious and there are a few perfect jokes about how unbelievably dumb most rich people are. If anything, I hope this kicks off a trend of more films denigrating rich assholes.
"Are you… Doctor Feel Good?" Filmoption Intl. has revealed the first look festival teaser trailer for a new Quebecois coming-of-age film titled Montréal Girls, marking the first narrative feature from filmmaker Patricia Chica. It's premiering in a few weeks at the Cinequest Film Festival, though as no US distributor set yet. A Middle-Eastern medical school student, new to Montreal, puts his relationship with his father at risk when he forfeits his education after being forever changed by two young women who "shatter" his limited beliefs in himself and his destiny. The film stars newcomer Hakim Brahimi, alongside Jasmina Parent and Sana Asad, with Jade Hassouné, Nahéma Ricci, and Manuel Tadros. The brief synopsis only vaguely mentions "his destiny" but this trailer teases that it involves the underground scene and slam poetry and who knows what else. It looks really rough around the edges, hopefully the film is better than the teaser.
"We struck an oath. Why has she abandoned the words." Vertical Entertainment has revealed an official US trailer for an indie horror film from Canada titled Jikirag, the feature directorial debut of the film's three directors. This "Pagan folk horror" film is getting a US release in September, though it hasn't shown up at any fests. A pagan village, founded on the bones of both innocent and foul, is deeply rooted within the heart of an ancient Eden. When a balance of flesh and soil decays, the last surviving village elder battles madness and the macabre to save her people from not only themselves but the monstrous judgment that burrows up from below. Starring Tracey Roath, Alexander J Baxter, Roy Campsall, Josefin Jönsson Tysén, Jenna Hill, and Corey Woods. Unfortunately this doesn't look great - underlit cinematography, campy dialogue, convoluted threats. No wonder all the festivals rejected this - we should all probably skip it, too.
"We did everything we could, right?" Modern Films in the UK has revealed an official UK trailer for Silent Land, a Polish drama set on an Italian island. This originally premiered at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival last year, and it has been showing at many fests including Zurich, Chicago, Göteborg, Thessaloniki, and at the New Horizons Film Festival in Poland. A perfect couple rents a holiday home on a sunny Italian island. The reality does not live up to their expectations when they find out the pool is broken. Ignorant of the fact that the island faces a water shortage, they ask to fix it. The presence of a stranger invades the couple's idea of safety and starts a chain of events, which makes them act irrationally, leading them to the darkest place in their relationship. The film stars Dobromir Dymecki, Agnieszka Żulewska, Jean Marc Barr, Alma Jodorowsky, and Marcello Romolo. Definitely looks like it has shades of Antonioni and Haneke, as one of the critic quotes in this trailer points out. I'm very curious to see how this story plays out with this couple.
"Is it okay that we kidnapped a corpse?" Strand Releasing has unveiled an official US trailer for the Russian dark drama Petrov's Flu, described as a "deadpan, hallucinatory romp through post-Soviet Russia." This originally premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival last year, and has been on hold for release due to the war in Ukraine. But Cannes brought back Serebrennikov this year to show his next new film (Tchaikovsky's Wife) so that sort of cleared his name (despite his connection to oligarchs) and now they're going to release Petrov's Flu finally starting in the end of September at a few select art house cinemas. The film follows a day in the life of a comic book artist and his family in post-Soviet Russia. While suffering from the flu, Petrov is carried by his friend Igor on a long walk, drifting in and out of fantasy and reality. Very trippy. This stars Semyon Serzin, Chulpan Khamatova, and Vladislav Semiletkov. The film earned mixed-to-positive reviews at Cannes last year and if you're curious to see what the strange chaos is about - then dive right in.
"She ran away… Why didn't she take me with her?" Peccadillo Pictures from the UK has revealed a new official UK trailer for an indie film titled Wildhood from Canada, which is already out on VOD in the US. It's opening in the UK this September and we never posted the trailer for it, so why not feature this now - because it looks very good. This premiered at the 2021 Toronto Film Festival last year. Two brothers – Link and Travis – embark on a journey to find their birth mother after their abusive father had lied for years about her whereabouts; along the way, they reconnect with their own Indigenous heritage and make a new friend. As a close bond begins to form between Link and Pasmay, Link learns to come to terms with his own complex heritage, identity and sexuality. Starring Phillip Lewitski, Joshua Odjick, Michael Greyeyes, Steve Lund, Joel Thomas Hynes, Avery Winters-Anthony, and Savonna Spracklin. Yeah it looks quite impressive, a coming-of-age story that delves deep into identity and heritage and much more. Enjoy.
"The Harbinger has come." Screen Media Films has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror feature titled The Harbinger, opening soon in early September this year. Hoping to escape their past, Daniel and Theresa Snyder move their troubled young daughter Rosalie in to a quaint Midwestern town, but they are followed by the evil they tried to leave behind. When neighbors and other locals begin to die, the Snyders turn to a Native American seer and uncover a legend that may hold the key to saving their family, or a path to a grisly end for them and all they hold dear. This almost sounds like Poltergeist. The supernatural horror film stars Will Klipstine, who also directs this, plus Irene Bedard, Madeleine McGraw, Amanda MacDonald, and Steve Monroe. It sorta looks like a re-imagining of The Omen, with a young girl "taken" by the Devil. This gets super intense at the end and teases that gnarly demon (or is that the Devil himself?).
"Hello guys! I need to talk to you, about a party you had here last night…" Kamikaze Dogfight has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror creation titled The Day After Halloween, arriving on VOD later in August this summer. No relation to the 1979 horror film also titled The Day After Halloween, which is a bit strange to see nowadays. "It's The Hangover meets Horror when Gravitas Ventures and Kamikaze Dogfight invite you to witness The Day after Halloween." Directed by Chad Ostrom, and written by Danny Schluck, this frighteningly fun genre treat sees two lifelong buddies forced to unravel the circumstances that led to a corpse in their bathtub in the wake of a Halloween party. Sounds intense. The film stars Danny Schluck, Brandon DeLany, Aimee Fogelman, and Victoria Meade. This doesn't look that good, which isn't a surprise considering this hasn't earned any buzz at the small festivals it has been screening at. Check it out.
"Now that everybody's wide awake, we dig!" Saban Films has unveiled the trailer for an indie thriller titled Dig, from filmmaker K. Asher Levin who usually works as a producer in TV. Not to be confused with the other Netflix film called The Dig, this is a whole different story. A widowed father and his daughter whose house is up for demolition, are taken hostage by a dangerous couple, who won't stop until they retrieve what lies beneath the property. The father and daughter must work together to outsmart their captors and escape. Starring Thomas Jane, Emile Hirsch, Liana Liberato, Harlow Jane, and Makana David. The film "promises to be heart-stopping and action-packed, and is sure to showcase some great fight sequences from the" small cast. Doesn't look that bad, surprisingly, but it doesn't look that good either. Take a look below.
"Here, we don't believe in dreams… we live in nightmares." Dread Presents has revealed an official trailer for an indie horror anthology featured called Tiny Cinema. It's premiering at two different genre festivals this month (Popcorn Frights / FrightFest) and will be out on VOD in September. From the makers of Butt Boy, Tiny Cinema is a twisted tale of seemingly unconnected strangers whose lives will change in incredible and bizarre ways forever. This seems to be the very first "multiverse" horror film. "Game Night" spirals out of control when a simple joke goes over a guest's head. "Edna" is looking for love in all the wrong places. "Bust" sees two friends stopping at nothing to help their impotent buddy. "Deep Impact" has a delivery man deliver a package to himself… from the future. "Mother*******" focuses on an unlucky mafia card game. And "Daddies Home" finds a man transforming after unknowingly snorting ashes of his date's father. Starring Tyler Rice, Philip Ursino, Sam Landers, Kristina Clifford, Shelby Dash, Austin Lewis, Olivia Herman, Matt Rubano, Kyle Lewis, Matt Rasku, and Kevin Michael Moran. This is one hell of a wicked trailer! Totally sold.
"I did t all for you!" Mutiny Pictures has revealed the official trailer for an indie crime comedy film titled Lie Hard, arriving on VOD directly later in August. The title is an obvious play on Die Hard, but it doesn't seem to live up to that potential. To impress his girlfriend's wealthy parents, a pathological liar borrows $4 million from a crime syndicate to purchase a mansion. Unfortunately for him, all debts need to be paid back. They actually found a real Long Island mansion that was about to be razed – and razed it themselves for the film. The film stars Ian Niles, who also co-wrote and directed this, plus Melanie Chandra, Cathwerine Curtin, Joel Marsh Garland, Alysia Reiner, Claire Coffee, Patrick Kilpatrick, Jordan Lane Price, Karalynn Dunton, Ari Barkan, Adam Lindo, Sean Patrick Folster, and Sid O'Connell. This actually looks a bit better than it sounds, the right amount of humor and wackiness and cringe. Take a look.