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Andrea Riseborough in New Trailer for 'Here Before' Mystery Thriller

Here Before Trailer

"She said she's been to the graveyard." "Well, she's never been here." Saban Films has revealed the official US trailer for an Irish mystery thriller titled Here Before, from filmmaker Stacey Gregg making his feature debut. Andrea Riseborough stars as a distraught mother, haunted by the death of her young daughter, who develops an all-consuming obsession over the neighbor girl who she believes is the reincarnation of her child. When the new neighbors move in, she becomes transfixed by their young daughter, Megan. Eerily, she seemingly knows far too many specific details of their family life and displays similar mannerisms of their dead daughter. Is the trauma of losing her child causing Laura to lose grip on reality, or is Megan something else? The cast includes Niamh Dornan, Jonjo O'Neill, Eileen O'Higgins, Martin McCann, & Lewis McAskie. As always, Riseborough is exceptionally talented, which makes this such a chilling film to watch.

First Trailer for Ti West's Horror Film 'X' with Mia Goth & Jenna Ortega

X Trailer

"The story can't just change midway through." A24 has unveiled an official trailer for a horror film titled X, the latest from acclaimed genre filmmaker Ti West (of The House of the Devil, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, The Innkeepers, The Sacrament previously). This is arriving in theaters in March, another A24 release coming to the cinema soon. There's no official plot synopsis revealed, but the plot involves a film crew going to a rural location in Texas to shoot an adult movie. "Their hosts, a reclusive elderly couple, take a special interest in their young guests. As night falls the couple's leering interest turns violent." Starring Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Martin Henderson, Brittany Snow, and Scott Mescudi. This seems like a fresh new take on the movie-within-a-movie horror concept, including some terrifying scenes involving the old folks.

'Catch the Fair One' Official Trailer Following a Native American Boxer

Catch the Fair One Trailer

"This is about survival. You gotta be ready." IFC Films has revealed the official trailer for Catch the Fair One, a thriller about a Native American boxer named Kaylee "K.O." Uppashaw - played by Kali Reis. This premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival last year, and also played at the Woodstock, Buffalo, Deauville, Warsaw, and Philadelphia Film Festivals last year. A former champion boxer embarks on the fight of her life when she descends into the dangerous world of trafficking in search of her missing sister. Her strength and determination are tested as Kaylee fights the real fight of her life—to find Weeta and make her family whole again. Kali Reis stars, and she also co-wrote the script. The cast also includes Daniel Henshall, Tiffany Chu, Michael Drayer, Shelito Vincent, Lisa Emery, Kimberly Guerrero, and Kevin Dunn. And if you still need more convincing, it's executive produced by Darren Aronofsky. This is a very slick trailer, and makes it look like a real gem waiting to be discovered. After all this footage - yeah I definitely need to see it.

Wonderful Second Trailer for Norway's 'The Worst Person in the World'

The Worst Person in the World Trailer

"I feel like I'm a spectator in my own life." Neon has unveiled the full US trailer for the award-winning Norwegian film The Worst Person in the World, from director Joachim Trier (Oslo August 31st, Louder Than Bombs, Thelma). This premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in the summer, where I first flipped for it (here's my full review), and then Renate Reinsve won the Best Actress prize. It chronicles four years in the life of Julie, a 30-something young woman who navigates the troubled waters of her love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is. The film focuses on her relationships with two different men - Aksel, played by Anders Danielsen Lie, and Eivind, played by Herbert Nordrum. It's one of the best modern relationship films and truly one of the best films of 2021, there's no doubt about that. Finally playing in US theaters in February! I can't recommend this one enough.

A Nightmarish Cult is Coming for Her in 'The Long Night' Horror Trailer

The Long Night Trailer

"I don't know what it is about this house… I have to stay." Well Go USA has released an official trailer for The Long Night, a horror thriller made by filmmaker Rich Ragsdale. This one is dropping soon on VOD in early February, despite not stopping by any festivals or elsewhere before. This is yet another in a long line of indie horror films to star Scout Taylor-Compton (also see: Room 9, Apache Junction, An Intrusion). A devoted couple's quiet weekend takes a bizarre turn when a nightmarish cult and their maniacal leader come to fulfill an apocalyptic prophesy. In addition to Scout, the cast includes Nolan Gerard Funk, Deborah Kara Unger, and Jeff Fahey. This looks crazy intense! What a chilling trailer. Lots of gnarly shots in this make it look like it might be a seriously unnerving thriller, not just another tame cult movie. Check this out.

Tricia Hawn in True Story Robbery Thriller 'The Surprise Visit' Trailer

The Surprise Visit Trailer

"We have to do this now!" Vertical Ent. has released an official trailer for The Surprise Visit, a "based on a true story" robbery thriller from filmmaker Nick Lyon. This is arriving on VOD in a few weeks if anyone is curious. A robbery goes wrong, leaving two young drug addicts to make a difficult decision: to give up, or to do the unthinkable and kill. "The film is an American tragedy. I chose to tell The Surprise Visit in a gritty and realistic style that was complemented by deep and intense performances from the talented cast. Beyond the film's thriller veneer, it [also] delivers incredibly dramatic performances, that to this day still send chills through me," the director states. Starring Eric Roberts, Tricia Hawn, Rob Riordan, Jacqi Vene, and Serah Henesey. This looks pretty bad, and the shoddy performances seen here aren't helping much either.

Promo Trailer for First Love Film 'Girl Picture' Premiering at Sundance

Girl Picture Trailer

"Do you wanna mango with me?" A promo trailer has debuted for the indie film Girl Picture, a Finnish comedy from filmmaker Alli Haapasalo, initially called Tytöt Tytöt Tytöt. This is premiering at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival this month, then hits the Berlin Film Festival next. "Three Women Pursue Sex, Love, and Pleasure." Best friends Mimmi and Rönkkö work after school at a food court smoothie kiosk, frankly swapping stories of their frustrations and expectations regarding love and sex. Sundance says: "Within the film’s tender, funny exploration of the fears and confusions of discovering one’s identity and sexuality, a refreshingly positive portrait of the power of female friendship emerges. Writers Daniela Hakulinen & Ilona Ahti consistently present the film's teen protagonists as complex individuals, while director Alli Haapasalo, rather than aestheticizing the girls' femininity, vibrantly depicts their trials and tribulations through their own eyes." Starring Aamu Milonoff, Eleonoora Kauhanen, and Linnea Leino. This looks as fresh and funny as the outstanding Norwegian film Ninja Baby from last year. Get a first look at some footage below.

Tim Roth Stays in Mexico in Michel Franco's 'Sundown' Official Trailer

Sundown Trailer

"You left me with all of our problems." Bleecker Street has debuted the official US trailer for Sundown, the latest one-of-a-kind film made by acclaimed Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco. This premiered at the 2021 Venice Film Festival last year, where it earn some rave reviews along with some negative reviews. But that's expected for a divisive film like this. Described as a "suspenseful jolt from writer/director Michel Franco," the film is about a wealthy man who inexplicably decides to stay in Mexico after his family leaves. He drifts around in scenes without any dialogue, mostly sitting on the beach emotionless. Tim Roth stars, with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Iazua Larios, Henry Goodman, Albertine Kotting McMillan, and Samuel Bottomley. I wrote a glowing review of this from Venice, because I was really shook by the film - there's something peculiar and fascinating about it, underneath all the layers, showing someone dealing with the arresting guilt of wealth. But as the quote in this trailer says, "no two people will see the film the same way."

First Teaser for French Film About the 'Notre-Dame On Fire' Incident

Notre-Dame On Fire Trailer

"Be sure to use the fastest and surest channel. Your wait will seem long…" Pathe in France has revealed the first teaser trailer for a movie titled, in English, Notre-Dame On Fire - which is indeed a "blockbuster" about the Notre Dame fire in 2019. The French title is, amusingly, just Notre-Dame Brûle and it's supposed to tell a story "from inside the Notre-Dame de Paris fire of April 2019." The film retraces how heroic men & women firefighters put their lives on the line to accomplish an awe-inspiring rescue. The movie's ensemble cast features Samuel Labarthe, Jean-Paul Bordes, Mikael Chirinian, Jérémie Laheurte, Chloé Jouannet, and Pierre Lottin. Don't dismiss this one too soon! It's made by the same director as Seven Years in Tibet and Enemy at the Gates, so he certainly knows how to make a good movie. Yeah this looks excruciatingly cheesy, but hey, Hollywood makes disaster films like this all the time so why not. Take a look.

US Trailer for Coming-of-Age 'The Whaler Boy' Set in a Small Village

The Whale Boy Trailer

"Take me home." Film Movement has unveiled the official US trailer for an indie coming-of-age film from Russia titled The Whaler Boy, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Philipp Yuryev. This first premiered in the Venice Days sidebar at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, and won the Director's Award there. It also played at numerous other festivals around the world through the last year. The film follows a young hunter, living in a male-dominated whaling community, who sets off an a journey to find a webcam girl he saw on his computer after the internet arrives in their town. Featuring stunning photography of the dramatic landscape, and punctuated by some off-kilter humor, "there’s an almost fable-like simplicity to this atmospheric coming of age story" about the division between two worlds. The small cast includes Vladimir Onokhov, Kristina Asmus, and Arieh Worthalter. This looks quite compelling, I need to check it out.

Hong Sang-soo Heads to Berlin in Official US Trailer for 'Introduction'

Introduction Trailer

"I hate being separated." "Me too." The Cinema Guild has released an official US trailer for the indie drama Introduction, the latest film made by prolific Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo. He's always making more films, sometimes more than one a year. This one premiered at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival earlier this year, and it seems that he made this during one of his other regular trips to the festival as it takes place IN Berlin this time (partially). A young man travels from South Korea to Berlin to surprise his girlfriend. Yeong-ho heads to the hospital to find his father. Soon, however, he heads to Germany to meet his girlfriend. When he comes back to Korea, he sees his mother with a middle aged man. The cast includes Seok-ho Shin, Mi-so Park, Young-ho Kim, Joo-Bong Ki, and Young-hwa Seo. His films are an acquired taste, and if you're not already into Hong Sang-soo, watching something like this probably won't change your mind about him.

Make a Horror Movie, Meet a Real Serial Killer in 'Stoker Hills' Trailer

Stoker Hills Traler

"He's on the move!" Screen Media has revealed the first official trailer for an indie horror film titled Stoker Hills, arriving in theaters and on VOD in January after first premiering last year. The film takes place in the secluded town of Stoker Hills where three college students filming a horror movie find themselves trapped in their own worst nightmare when they are kidnapped by a serial killer. "Their only hope for survival is two detectives who find the camera they left behind in the woods." Another meta concept involving friends making a horror movie and encountering real horror. The film stars David Gridley, Vince Hill-Bedford, Eric Etebari, William Lee Scott, Steffani Brass, Tyler Clark, and Jason Sweat; as well as Danny Nucci, John Beasley and Tony Todd. It looks like there's much more going on than just this serial killer.

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