"Why do I have to do all the dangerous work?" Fellow space movie geeks, you don't want to miss this one! EonTalk has released an official trailer for a South Korean space epic sci-fi movie called Space Sweepers, being distributed by a studio called Merry Christmas Entertainment (yes, that's seriously the name). Set in 2092, Space Sweepers tells the story of a crew on board of a spaceship called "Victory" (or "The Victory"?) trying to escape the destruction of Earth - and make some money while at it. Regarded as the first Korean space blockbuster, it is set to be released in theaters in September this year in Korea (after a delay due to the pandemic). Starring Song Joong-Ki, Kim Tae-Ri, Jin Sun-Kyu, and Yoo Hae-Jin. This looks exciting! The robot is definitely a K-2SO rip-off, but that's fine with me. Because this still seems like a crazy fun, epic, space nerd adventure. And I'm all here for it! Hopefully it doesn't take too long for this to show in America.
It's time to meet Max Fist. Voltage Pictures has debuted a promo teaser trailer for a gritty new genre film titled Archenemy, set to arrive sometime in 2021. This film is the latest from Daniel Isn't Real director Adam Egypt Mortimer, an intriguing superhero sci-fi action adventure horror crime thriller of sorts (aka a genre mashup!). Joe Manganiello stars as Max Fist, and he claims to be a hero from another dimension who fell through time and space to Earth. But here he has no powers. No one believes his stories except for a local teen named Hamster, played by Skylan Brooks. This also stars Glenn Howerton, Zolee Griggs, Joseph D. Reitman, and Amy Seimetz. This is only a first look teaser, not too much footage, but dang it's gnarly. This looks brutal and badass. Oh they're definitely going to learn he's for real by the end of this.
What a bummer. Yet another delay. Disney, which now owns the company formerly known as 20th Century Fox, has officially announced updated release dates for James Cameron's Avatar sequels that have been in the works for a decade already. We have been playing this game for so many years before. Avatar 2, the highly anticipated sequel to Avatar (originally released in 2009), was initially scheduled for December of 2016. Every year, or every other year, Cameron re-appears and announces that they aren't quite ready and it gets delayed another few years. First they moved it into 2017, then until 2020, then until 2021, where it has been for a while. They officially started filming last year and have been deep into production ever since, with hopes that maybe they'll make that 2021 date. But with the pandemic screwing up everyone's schedules, that won't be the case – Avatar 2 has been rescheduled to open December 16th, 2022 instead. It's what it is.
"It appears there was an incident in space." IFC Films has unveiled a new official US trailer for Sputnik, a freaky alien horror thriller about a mysterious extraterrestrial lifeform that arrives inside a Russian space capsule. We featured other official trailers for this movie a few months back. After returning to Earth, the capsule's only survivor has brought something else with him. They try to keep him in quarantine, but as we know from the original Alien (and also real life) that won't hold him for long. Starring Oksana Akinshina, Fedor Bondarchuk, and Pyotr Fyodorov. After premiering in Russia earlier this year, the film has been getting mostly warm reviews from genre critics. The new poster (seen below) is also very cool. Worth a look.
"Is this my life now?" Dark Sky Films has debuted an official US trailer for the radical Russian sci-fi action thriller Coma, also known as Koma or The Coma. The film marks the feature directorial debut of a visual effects supervisor, which is why there are tons of crazy cool VFX shots in this. We posted this teaser a few months ago, but there's a full trailer now for its US release next month. After a mysterious accident a young architect comes back to his senses in a very odd world. He must find out the exact laws and regulations of it as he fights for his life and keeps on looking for the exit to the real world. Starring Rinal Mukhametov, Lyubov Aksyonova, Anton Pampushnyy, Milos Bikovic, and Konstantin Lavronenko. Looks even more like a video game movie, the CGI is a bit too glossy, but I still must admit I love these visuals. So cool.
"Interface is active." Neon has revealed the first teaser trailer for the uber-violent, freaky new sci-fi horror film Possessor, the latest film from filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg (son of the iconic David Cronenberg). This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to quite a bit of buzz, only allowing 18+ to watch it because of graphic sex, nudity, and violence. Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies - ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients. Andrea Riseborough stars in this, along with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Sean Bean, Tuppence Middleton, Christopher Abbott, Kaniehtiio Horn, Rossif Sutherland, Christopher Jacot, and Hanneke Talbot. It's a very strange film, the best way to describe it is to say it's kind of like Avatar as a horror film. If this teaser intrigues you, then keep an eye out for this.
"Light my way in darkness, so I may spread your seed." There have been a handful of films that play with how an alien being would act if it inhabited a human body. What would it make of our strange fleshy bodies? Would it know how to interact? Would it know how to speak? Dominant Species is a short film that also wonders about these questions. Directed by Joseph Sackett, it's described as a "coming-of-age story about coming to terms with the ways you're different." The plot is about 10 aliens in human host bodies learning how to be "men". Short of the Week explains "most of the film is an examination of these new hosts' process of familiarization with the peculiarities of humanity and education in masculine stereotypes." Starring as the 10: Francisco Carrillo, Justin Chiao, Julian Cihi, Marchánt Davis, Vasile Flutur, Zach Fifer, Julio Lousav, Matthew Faroul, Julian Elijah Martinez, and Will Seefried. Strange but compelling.
"Oh god, we're not alone…!" Midnight Releasing has unveiled a new US trailer for a lost British indie sci-fi film titled Invasion Earth, which first premiered on DVD in the UK back in 2016 with the alternate title Into the Light. It is finally getting an official US release this year, which isn't a good sign. Famous self-help Guru, Dr. Carson, travels to his facility with eight young addicts with the aim of helping them through their troubles and integrating them back into society. A TV journalist tries to expose the group as a scam. However, all of their lives are thrown into chaos with the beginning of an alien invasion. Starring Charlotte Gould, Phoebe Delikoura, Tony Fadil, Jon-Paul Gates, Nigel Thijs, and David Shaw. As much as we enjoy featuring indie sci-fi, this looks awful. Not only is the concept bad, the footage looks so forgettable.
"From your file, I didn't think you'd make it past the first week…" Dark Sky Films has released the official trailer for an indie sci-fi romantic thriller titled The Honeymoon Phase, marking the directorial debut of filmmaker Phillip G. Carroll Jr. This premiered at the FirstGlance Film Fest Philadelphia but hasn't shown up anywhere else. Despite looking pretty solid. A struggling couple enter a futuristic experiment to analyze their relationship – room, board, $50,000 and a month alone together – beginning a violent descent into madness with deadly consequences. Starring Mike Sutton and Chloe Carroll as the couple, Tom and Eve, along with François Chau, Tara Westwood, and Ione Butler. This looks intense! Yet another "Black Mirror" sci-fi film playing with relationships and testing the limits of young love. So who's crazy, who isn't?
"Your machine is censoring my work!" Blue Finch Films in the UK has debuted an official UK trailer for an indie sci-fi horror fantasy film titled Peripheral, from SFX artist & filmmaker Paul Hyett. This guy knows what he's doing! He has worked on make-up & SFX for Attack the Block, The Woman in Black, Centurion, The Eagle, and many other films. Peripheral follows a young author who's struggling with a difficult second novel. While dealing with a crazed stalker and a junkie ex-boyfriend, Bobbi’s publisher convinces her to use new smart editing software. But soon the A.I. programme starts manipulating her work to suit its nefarious ends leaving Bobbi to suspect she’s being controlled by sinister forces. Fighting possible hallucinations as her deadline looms, is she just a hapless cog in a monstrous machine? Hannah Arterton stars with Tom Conti, Elliot James Langridge, Rosie Day, and Jenny Seagrove. It premiered at FrightFest and the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival in 2018. Out on VOD this summer in the UK, but nothing set for the US yet.
"Someone is trying to sabotage the mission." Lionsgate has released a trailer for an epic sci-fi thriller titled G-Loc, one of the latest films from genre filmmaker Tom Paton. The title G-Loc is a reference to an actual aerospace physiology term: "G-force induced Loss of Consciousness - a loss of consciousness occurring from excessive and sustained g-forces." This is sort of in the plot - they try to save a ship being pulled by gravity into a planet. In a world on the brink of collapse, mass migration to neighboring planet, Rhea, is humanity's final hope for survival. The only problem is, Rhea has become intolerant towards new settlers. 'Earther', Bran, has big dreams of a better life in this new world, but the odds are stacked against him. Confronted with a dangerous journey in a damaged spaceship, Bran must face an even greater threat: a hostile planet. G-Loc stars Stephen Moyer, Casper Van Dien, Tala Gouveia, Emily Haigh, Shayne Ward, Alana Wallace, and John Rhys-Davies. This has some cool space visuals, but I'm not sure the film is any good.
"What would happen if the game went mobile?" Another retro video game fantasy adventure! Max Reload & The Nether Blasters is the creation of filmmakers Scott Conditt & Jeremy Tremp, and it's debuting sometime later this year. A small town video game store clerk must go from zero to hero after accidentally unleashing the forces of evil from a cursed Colecovision game… It's up to Max and his best friends Reggie and Lizalong with old-school gaming gurus Eugene Wylder and Barton Grabowski to figure out how to beat the dark forces of The Nether before it's GAME OVER for humanity. Ha ha. Sounds fun, doesn't it? Starring Tom Plumley, Joey Morgan, Hassie Harrison, Greg Grunberg, and Joseph Reitman. And it also features Kevin Smith, Lin Shaye, Martin Kove, and voice talent by Wil Wheaton. Max Reload & The Nether Blasters is a "love letter to gaming, retro nostalgia and the wonderfully ridiculous plotlines of 1980s adventure-cinema." As cheesy as this looks, I appreciate the creativity and the nerdiness. Might be retro fun.