"He rigged the basement!" A full international trailer has debuted for a dark new crime thriller titled Night Hunter, also known as just Nomis for the international release. The film is about a detective and his police force who get "caught up in a dangerous scheme involving a recently arrested, troubled man who's linked to years of female abductions and murders." Although it seems to be a bit more complex than just that, with some twists and turns. This features quite an impressive ensemble: Ben Kingsley, Alexandra Daddario, Henry Cavill, Minka Kelly, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion, Sara Thompson, Eliana Jones, Emma Tremblay, Brendan Fletcher, and Mpho Koaho. This looks a lot like The Snowman or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, about troubled men who abuse women, and the people caught up in trying to stop them.
"You changing your life was never about your weight." Amazon Studios has launched the first trailer for Brittany Runs a Marathon, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Paul Downs Colaizzo. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the biggest prize of the festival - the main competition Audience Award. Jillian Bell stars as an overweight young woman who decides she needs to get in shape (or rather: is told by her doctor), and takes on the challenge of running the streets of New York. She soon starts training for the NYC Marathon, which is no easy task. This inspiring, humorous, uplifting film tells the "story of a party girl who finally finds real friends — and dignity — by taking control of her future, one city block at a time." The cast includes Jennifer Dundas, Patch Darragh, Alice Lee, Erica Hernandez, Michaela Watkins, and introducing Utkarsh Ambudkar as Jern. Give this a look.
"Tell me where she is!" Screen Media Films has released the official US trailer for the indie action thriller titled Cold Blood, originally titled Cold Blood Legacy for its French release just last month. Cold Blood tells the story of Henry, a legendary hitman enjoying the isolation of his lakeside cabin deep within the vast wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. When the solitude of his well-earned retirement is shattered by the arrival of a young woman, the survivor of a snowmobile accident, Henry must decide whether to risk his own life to save hers. Starring Jean Reno as Henry, with Sarah Lind as Melody, plus a cast including Joe Anderson, David Gyasi, Ihor Ciszkewycz, François Guétary, and Samantha Bond. This looks like so many other retired hitman films, and reminds me of Daughter of the Wolf. Check out the footage below.
"You have now heard… a wild child came to us." Dark Sky Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie horror film titled Darlin', the feature directorial debut of Scottish actress Pollyanna McIntosh. The film is actually a sequel to the cult horror The Woman (2011), which starred Pollyanna McIntosh as a feral woman. She jumped on board and decide to write & direct the sequel, and star in it, some 8 years later. This one stars Lauryn Canny as another young feral woman found and sent to a Catholic hospital. Once there she undergoes a process of rehabilitation in an attempt to tame her savage behavior. But then her mother shows up to take her home and things get bloody. The cast includes Bryan Batt, Nora-Jane Noone, Cooper Andrews, Eugenie Bondurant, Peyton Wich, and Mackenzie Graham. This looks intensely grungy and grimy and brutal, not sure if it's going to be everyone's cup of tea but worth a quick look anyway.
"You don't conform to what she wants, and suddenly you're the enemy." Neon has debuted the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Luce, which premiered to some of the best reviews at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This fascinating, brilliant "psychodrama" is about an adopted boy from a war-torn African country who becomes a high school all-star. But when a teacher accuses of him of being dangerous, and finds contraband in his locker, things start to get crazy. But who's really in the wrong here? The film masterfully makes you feel for both sides, unsure of what's really true or not, mirroring the complexities and nuances of real life. Kelvin Harrison Jr. stars as Luce, with a cast including Octavia Spencer, Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Norbert Leo Butz, Andrea Bang, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Omar Brunson, Noah Gaynor, and Astro. This trailer quotes my glowing review from Sundance - one of my top favorites.
"Aren't you going to ask me why I'm traveling with an elephant?" Synkronized has debuted the trailer for an indie drama titled Saving Flora, which premiered at a few small film festivals last year. Saving Flora is a family film about a circus elephant named Flora who can no longer perform her tricks. But before she's put down, the circus owner's daughter runs away with the elephant and goes on an adventure trying to save her. Starring Jenna Ortega (from "Jane the Virgin", "You") along with David Arquette, Martin Martinez, Tom Arnold, Rhea Perlman, Leonor Varela, and Galen Howard. This has an unexpected intensely vibrant look to it, which thankfully softens up once they leave the circus. It might be charming? Take a look.
"Let's be friends again!" Greenwich Entertainment has debuted an official US trailer for an indie drama title Three Peaks, or also Drei Zinnen in German. Made by German filmmaker Jan Zebeil, the film originally premiered in 2017 at the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals, then played at the Haifa, London, and Palm Springs Film Festivals. Not that anyone has been waiting, but it's finally getting an official US release this year. Three Peaks is a family drama that turns into a survival story, about three people hiking in the Italian Dolomites. Aaron wants to become a family with his girlfriend and her 8-year-old son, but high up in the Italian Dolomites, his attempts to win the boy's acceptance turn into a dangerous power game. "Three Peaks chips away at our darkest nightmares to reveal the everyday anxieties on which they feed." Indeed. Starring Bérénice Bejo, Alexander Fehling, and newcomer Arian Montgomery. This looks like it gets intense.
"Men are simple, Katie. Find yourself a man with sad eyes…" Vertical Entertainment has released a brand new US trailer for the indie drama Katie Says Goodbye, which originally premiered at film festivals back in 2016. After three years being on the shelf, the film is finally getting a small VOD release starting in June this year. Katie Says Goodbye stars Olivia Cooke as a young woman from New Mexico who turns to small-time prostitution in order to fund her dream to move to San Francisco. However, she falls in love with a handsome mechanic which soon messes up her big plans. The film also stars Christopher Abbott, James Belushi, Keir Gilchrist, Chris Lowell, Mireille Enos, and Mary Steenburgen. This is a strong indie trailer, and it doesn't seem like there's any real reason for this to be held up for so many years. Check it out.
"Going wheel to wheel is not smart for someone in your condition." Forrest Films has debuted an official trailer for an indie injured war veteran meets racing sports drama titled Bennett's War, the latest from filmmaker Alex Ranarivelo (Running Wild, Pray for Rain, Dirt, Ride). The film is about a young soldier in the Army Motorcycle Unit named Marshall Bennett, who is injured by an IED while serving in combat. He returns home and makes a remarkable comeback from a broken back and leg to be a champion motorcross racer. Michael Roark stars as Bennett, with a cast including country star Trace Adkins, plus Ali Afshar, Allison Paige, Hunter Clowdus, Brando Eaton, Tony Panterra, Michael King, & Taylor Kalupa. This looks exactly as cheesy and kitschy and uber heroic as described, but maybe that's what works for this.
"I knew him… All that most people saw was a homeless kid wandering the streets." A trailer has launched for an indie drama titled Homeless Ashes, the feature directorial debut of English actor Marc Zammit. The film gives a voice to the homeless, shedding a light on domestic violence and how many of these people on the street are forgotten or ignored. Maybe they're good people just struggling to survive. Zammit stars as Frankie, a boy who runs away from a violent home and ends up on the street. Hector Bateman-Harden plays the younger Frankie, and the cast includes Jason Flemyng, Andrew Lee Potts, Kirsty J. Curtis, Lew Temple, Jessica-Jane Stafford, Madalina Bellariu Ion, and Angela Dixon. Take a look below.
"Sooner or later the party has to end…" "Why?!" Picturehouse in the UK has debuted the first official UK trailer for the indie dramedy Animals, which initially premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is playing at Sundance London coming up this week. Made by Australian filmmaker Sophie Hyde, the film is based on Emma Jane Unsworth's novel of the same name about two best friends living in Dublin. Described as "wild, outrageous and utterly hilarious," Holliday Grainger and Alia Shawkat star as best friends who often get drunk, party hard, and live the good life. Until one of them meets a guy and life begins to change - unless they hold onto their old ways. Also starring Fra Fee, Dermot Murphy, Amy Molloy, Pat Shortt, Olwen Fouéré, and Kwaku Fortune. This is a quirky, fun, wild film that was made because Hyde felt a need to give a "voice to women's experiences in a way that she hadn't seen very often on screen."
"I don't normally wear this kind of thing." A24 has revealed a trailer for the indie horror film In Fabric, which first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year to some solid acclaim. This odd, unique British thriller is about a "killer dress", also known as a cursed dress that kills the person who wears it as it passes from person to person in a London department store. "From acclaimed horror director Peter Strickland (the singular auteur behind the sumptuous sadomasochistic romance The Duke of Burgundy and auditory gaillo-homage Berberian Sound Studio) comes a truly nightmarish film, at turns frightening, seductive, and darkly humorous. Channeling voyeuristic fantasies of high fashion and bloodshed, In Fabric is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet." This stars Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Caroline Catz, Julian Barratt, and Gwendoline Christie. Looks so twisted and crazy and unique.