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Second Trailer for Post-Apocalyptic, Bio-Hacking Sci-Fi Film 'Vesper'

Vesper Trailer

"Pilgrims, drifters, bandits. You have to be really careful who you trust." IFC Films has debuted the full-length official trailer for the sci-fi film titled Vesper, formerly known as Vesper Seeds, in theaters this September. It just premiered at the 20221 Karlovy Vary Film Festival last month, where I saw it at the world premiere and gave it a mostly positive review. After the collapse of Earth's ecosystem, Vesper (played by Raffiella Chapman), a 13-year-old girl struggling to survive with her paralyzed Father, meets a mysterious Woman with a secret that forces Vesper to use her wits, strength and bio-hacking abilities to fight for the possibility of a future. This has some crazy cool style, and a strange hybrid-organic future that kind of mashes up 12 Monkeys and Avatar and The Road. It also has a few smart ideas of its own. Vesper features Raffiella Chapman, Eddie Marsan, Rosy McEwen, Richard Brake, Melanie Gaydos, & Edmund Dehn. If you're into this kind of dystopian sci-fi with strong visuals, make sure to catch this when it opens.

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 Posted on August 10 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Review: Dan Trachtenberg's Predator One-Off 'Prey' is Outstanding

Prey Review

One of the best action movies this year is only available to watch at home. Unfortunately you can't watch it in theaters, where it belongs, and where you will have the best experience with it. Why? Ask Disney… Many critics are framing their reviews of this movie around this complaint because, well, we have to – this movie kicks ass and oddly Disney decided to screen it in theaters for critics, but it's releasing for streaming only (I double checked). Prey is a Predator one-off movie not connected to the Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise beyond the fact that it involves an alien "Predator" warrior. It was supposed to be a surprise, and I think it would've been an even more exhilarating experience to sit down for an action movie and discover only once it starts that it's actually a new Predator movie. Nonetheless, I had the privilege of watching Prey on the big screen and it totally rules. It's the best theatrical experience I've had this summer since Top Gun: Maverick.

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 Posted on August 5 in Review, Sci-Fi | 7 Comments

One More Epic Official Trailer for Korean Sci-Fi Action Movie 'Alienoid'

Alienoid Tariler

"That blade can wake up prisoners, and it can move you through time." Sounds like one powerful blade! Korea's CJ Entertainment has revealed another official trailer for the epic sci-fi Alienoid, which is finally set for a US release. Well Go USA will drop this one in US theaters at the end of August. We already posted two other trailers for this movie before, but there's always more footage to see. During the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392), Taoists try to take a mysterious holy sword. Meanwhile in present day (in 2022), aliens appear on Earth. A time door soon connects the late Goryeo period and the present day. The two parties cross paths when a time-traveling portal opens, causing chaos and confusion. The science fiction action fantasy features a cast including Ryu Jun-yeol as the master swordsman, Kim Tae-ri as "a woman who shoots thunder", Kim Woo-bin, So Ji-seob, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Eui-eung, Lee Ha-nee, and Jo Woo-jin. I can't tell if this is still being released as two parts in the US, but for now they're just promoting it as the Alienoid movie. Curious to watch and find out how these two storylines are mashed together and if this movie is any good.

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 Posted on August 2 in Foreign Film, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

Studio Trigger's 'Cyberpunk: Edgerunners' Anime Series Full Trailer

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Trailer

"Welcome to Night City… where chrome exceeds the flesh." This looks totally nuts!! Netflix has debuted the full-length official trailer for an epic futuristic anime series titled Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Inspired by and also co-developed by the video game studio CD PROJEKT RED, based on the game Cyberpunk 2077, this new sci-fi anime series will feature 10 episodes set in a cyberpunk dystopian future. In a new dystopia riddled with corruption and cybernetic implants, we follow a talented but reckless street kid named David Martinez. The series tells a standalone, 10-episode story is about this kid trying to survive in Night City — a technology and body modification-obsessed city of the future. Having everything to lose, he stays alive by becoming an edgerunner — a mercenary outlaw also known as a cyberpunk. Written and produced by P.T. Adamczyk. There's still no official voice cast announced yet, despite the character intros in the trailer. This looks awesome in about 100 ways!! A bit of Akira, a bit of "Snow Crash", a bit of Blade Runner, with heaps of Cyberpunk 2077 mania thrown into this gnarly sci-fi anime series with a whole bunch of wild characters.

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 Posted on August 1 in Animation, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Sara Mitich is Trapped in a Menacing Room in Thriller 'Control' Trailer

Control Trailer

"How many more of these tests are there?!" Saban Films has revealed the first official trailer for a sci-fi supernatural thriller titled Control, from filmmaker James Mark. This will be out to watch on VOD in late September if anyone is curious to figure out what's going on. Described as a "tense mashup between Cube and Lucy." Huh. Locked in a mysterious room and commanded by an unknown voice, Eileen must complete several tasks in order to save her daughter's life. As the tests and the stakes intensify to the point where succeeding seems impossible, Eileen discovers unexpected skills. Armed with new confidence and powerful force, alone against an army, she plans a daring escape. Actress Sara Mitich (from "Star Trek: Discovery") stars as Eileen, with a small cast including George Tchortov and Evie Loiselle. This actually seems like a cool concept, just hoping it doesn't get too crazy when the twist is that she has some kind of special powers.

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 Posted on July 27 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Review: Jordan Peele's Sci-Fi Horror 'Nope' Wants Us to Look Away

Nope Review

🛸 "In societies where modern conditions of production prevail all of life presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. Everything that was directly lived has moved away into a representation." From Guy Debord's book Society of the Spectacle (via Wilkinson's review). The truth about humanity is that we just can't help wanting to get a look at something for ourselves – no matter what it is. This is epitomized in that old trope of – when there's an accident on the highway, everyone has to slow down and look, hoping to either see something shocking or figure out exactly what happened. I admit I've done this, and probably so have you. Acclaimed horror filmmaker Jordan Peele's latest film Nope is an attempt at addressing our obsession with spectacle and this insatiable desire to look, rather than look away. By the end of the movie, I was thinking Don't Look Up would've been a better title for this than Nope, but that was already taken by another sci-fi movie about humanity's unflappable need to turn any disaster into spectacular entertainment.

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 Posted on July 22 in Review, Sci-Fi | 1 Comment

Hunting 'Artificial Humans' in Sci-Fi Thriller 'Wifelike' Official Trailer

Wifelike Trailer

"William told me how you people steal companions, you reprogram them to do awful things." SP Media has revealed a trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Wifelike (or WifeLike) – a strange title for a film with this plot. It's set in a future where a detective hunts down criminals who trade artificial humans on the black market. (Sounds a lot like Blade Runner already…) When the artificial human Meredith gets assigned as a companion to grieving widower William, it's designed to behave like his late wife. However, in the fight to end A.I. exploitation and their manipulation, an underground organization attempts to sabotage Meredith's programming, in an attempt to disrupt the detective's work. Jonathan Rhys Meyers co-stars with Elena Kampouris, who plays Meredith. The cast also includes C.J. Perry, Doron Bell, Agam Darshi, Caitlin Stryker, and Sara Sampaio. Unforutntely this doesn't look that great, with some bad performances and a lack of any distinct style. Plus it seems to be ripping off other sci-fi and mashing up a bunch of A.I. concepts.

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 Posted on July 19 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

First Look Teaser for 'Givers of Death (G.O.D.)' Virus Sci-Fi Thriller

Givers of Death Trailer

"You want peace, but you won't go get it." Buffalo 8 has revealed an official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Givers of Death, also known as G.O.D., from filmmaker Addison Henderson - his first narrative feature. Perhaps another pandemic-inspired pessimistic thriller? An incurable virus has wiped out one third of the world’s population (too close to home?). Many infected commit suicide to end their agony. Those who cannot bring themselves to end their own lives hire professionals (called G.O.D. of course). It is the journey of a man, a detective, and an entire city's quest for peace. The man seeks peace through atonement, the detective through revenge and the city through resolution. The film explores whether peace can be attained when one exists in constant chaos - in reality, or in the mind. "An apocalyptic tale of redemption." Starring Henderon with Louis Lombardi, JJ Alfieri, Addison Henderson, Jonathan Sterritt, Yvonne Huff Lee, Frank Rossi, and Jason Delane Lee. Not a lot of great footage in this, but it's only a teaser so far.

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 Posted on July 18 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Emile Hirsch & Kate Bosworth are in 'The Immaculate Room' Trailer

The Immaculate Room Trailer

"Not everyone's so easily manipulated." Screen Media has released a trailer for The Immaculate Room, an indie sci-fi thriller from South African filmmaker Mukunda Michael Dewil. This premiered at the 2022 Mammoth Film Festival, and arrives on VOD and in theaters to watch this August. It's a clever, contained, single-room concept: The Immaculate Room tells the story of Mike and Kate, a seemingly perfect couple, who decide to try a psychological experiment to win $5 million if they can last 50 days in a sleek, white room in complete isolation. No phones, no family – only the Voice keeping them in check. But as the clock ticks down, the Room becomes more than it seems, putting them through cruel tests to break their resolve and grind them down. Emile Hirsch and Kate Bosworth star, with a few others (I won't spoil the surprises - though this trailer gives away plenty). It's an intriguing psychological thriller that's worth watching if the concept catches your attention. Would you be able to survive the room? I really don't think many would last.

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 Posted on July 14 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

Strange, Experimental Sci-Fi Horror Thriller 'Tin Can' Official Trailer

Tin Can Trailer

"Put me back in! That was the deal!" Dread has revealed a new trailer for an extra freaky, weird, mindf*!k sci-fi horror film titled Tin Can, from a Canadian filmmaker named Seth A. Smith. This first premiered at the 2020 Sitges Film Festival, and finally lands in theaters + on VOD in the US this August. Thanks to Dread Presents giving it a release. As the world faces a plague, humanity's hope for a cure lies with a scientist, Fret, who awakens imprisoned in a metal chamber and must desperately work to escape her confined cell to save the last of humanity. This stars Anna Hopkins (from The Expanse, V/H/S/94), with Simon Mutabazi and Michael Ironside. This seems to be less like Cube, much more Beyond the Black Rainbow or Event Horizon, but all of it looks creatively twisted and peculiar. Must say I am intrigued! Definitely worth a look.

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 Posted on July 12 in Horror, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

One More Behind-the-Scenes Featurette for 'Nope' Focuses on IMAX

IMAX in the Sky - Nope

"We were not shy of doing very extreme or crazy things with those cameras." Another new behind-the-scenes featurette is out for Jordan Peele's sci-fi thriller Nope, set to land in theaters later this month. There have been a handful of other making of videos so far, but this one focuses on the IMAX cameras - 15/65mm Film Cameras and designed for IMAX theatres. "Nope is the first horror epic ever to be shot with IMAX Film Cameras and Jordan Peele's first experience utilizing IMAX's innovative technology, which helped shape his approach to making this highly anticipated film. Exclusively in IMAX theatres, Nope sequences shot with IMAX Film Cameras will visually expand to fill the screen as creatively designed by the filmmakers, allowing moviegoers to experience more of the image with unprecedented crispness and clarity." Nope's cast features Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Barbie Ferreira, Michael Wincott, Donna Mills, and Terry Notary. This video also features DP Hoyte Van Hoytema talking about using IMAX cameras and how exciting this project is. Can't wait! Almost time to find out what the mysterious Nope is all about.

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 Posted on July 11 in Featurette, Horror, Sci-Fi, To Watch | 2 Comments

Intriguing Teaser for 'The Artifice Girl' Sci-Fi Film About a Fake A.I. Girl

The Artifice Girl Trailer

"It's because she's not real. She's not a real human being…" A festival teaser trailer has debuted for an indie sci-fi film titled The Artifice Girl, from director Franklin Ritch making his feature debut. It's premiering at the 2022 Fantasia Film Festival this month - they explain: "The Artifice Girl delivers a tense and morally cryptic experience that will leave a microchip-shaped imprint on your brain." When an internet vigilante develops a revolutionary new computer program to combat online predators, its rapid advancement leads to serious questions of autonomy, oppression, and what it really means to be human. The film is a tech thriller about A.I. and how far it can go. "While this is a wildly ambitious science fiction, it was important for us to ground the story in technical veracity and thoughtful characters. It becomes a compelling mystery that will hopefully incite ethical and philosophical discussion." Starring David Girard, Lance Henrikson, Tatum Matthews, Sinda Nichols, & Franklin Ritch. This is a slick teaser that makes me curious to see more.

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 Posted on July 11 in Fantasia, Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

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