SCI-FI FILMS

New UK Trailer for 'Control' One Room Sci-Fi Thriller with Sara Mitich

Control UK Trailer

"Why are you doing this?!" Signature Ent. in the UK has released another official UK trailer for this indie sci-fi supernatural thriller titled Control, from filmmaker James Mark. It's opening the very same week in the UK as in the US - at the end of September. The film is a "tense mashup between Cube and Lucy" as the main girl has some kind of superpowers. This actually looks pretty damn cool. 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, along with George Tchortov and Evie Loiselle. As a sci-fi geek, I have to watch this when it's out soon. Looks like it might be good fun?

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 Posted on September 6 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 2 Comments

Brutal New Red Band Trailer for Sci-Fi Anime 'Cyberpunk: Edgerunners'

Cyberpunk: Edgerunners Trailer

"You don't make a name as a Cyberpunk by how you live. You're remembered by how you die." Whoa this looks insane!! Netflix has revealed a brutal, bloody, gory, intense new red band trailer for the epic futuristic anime series Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. Inspired by and also co-developed by the video game studio CD PROJEKT RED, based on the game Cyberpunk 2077, this sci-fi anime series will feature 10 episodes set in a cyberpunk dystopian future. Dropping on Netflix in September. 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 the dark, fucked up world of 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. Hiroyuki Imaishi (Gurren Lagann, Kill la Kill, Promare) will direct the series along with creative director Hiromi Wakabayashi also working on it. Everything about this looks so crazy awesome!! It's definitely a NSFW trailer. Lock 'n load!!

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 Posted on August 30 in Animation, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

Final US Trailer for Korean Sci-Fi Action Film 'Alienoid' - Opening Soon

Alienoid Trailer

"The great Controller is locked inside you. Ready to break free?" One last look! Well Go USA has revealed a final official US trailer for the Korean epic action sci-fi movie Alienoid, opening in US theaters this week (starting August 26th). We already posted three other trailers for this movie before, but they keep hyping it up with more more more. A tale of two eras, Alienoid follows two Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) gurus seeking a legendary, time-bending blade as they unexpectedly cross paths with modern-era people hunting down a dangerous alien concealed inside a human's body. This sounds and looks awesome. The sci-fi 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 totally want to bring everyone I know to the theater to watch this when it plays this week. Let's have a blast.

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 Posted on August 24 in Foreign Film, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

New Re-Release Trailer for 'Avatar 1' - Returning to Theaters in HDR

Avatar Returns to Theaters

"You have a strong heart… no fear." After returning to Middle Earth, we will be returning to Pandora again this year. 20th Century Studios is re-releasing James Cameron's billion dollar sci-fi epic Avatar in theaters again at the end of September before the highly-anticipated, long-awaited sequel lands in theaters this December. Avatar is getting a proper 4K HDR re-release (if projected perfectly it's mesmerizing) in regular cinemas and IMAX theaters to take people on their first voyage to Pandora all over again. The unforgettable (wink, wink) movie stars Sam Worthington as Jake Sully, Zoe Saldana as Neytiri, plus Stephen Lang, Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver, CCH Pounder, Wes Studi, Joel David Moore, Dileep Rao, and Giovanni Ribisi. It makes sense after 13 years since the original movie opened they'd bring it back to build up some hype for the sequel. And this will put to rest all those "does anyone even remember Avatar?" nonsense complaints that some folks love to bring up. Will you be going back to watch this again?

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 Posted on August 23 in Hype, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 6 Comments

First Teaser for Benson & Moorhead's Sci-Fi 'Something in the Dirt'

Something in the Dirt Trailer

"I still believe part of it was real." XYZ Films has unveiled a teaser trailer for an intriguing, mysterious little indie sci-fi film titled Something in the Dirt, the latest offering from the very talented indie filmmakers Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead. We've been fans of these two for years & years, raving about their films including Spring, The Endless, and Synchronic. When neighbors John and Levi witness supernatural events in their Los Angeles apartment building, they realize documenting the paranormal could inject some fame and fortune into their wasted lives. An ever-deeper, darker rabbit hole, their friendship frays as they uncover the dangers of the phenomena, the city and each other. The film also stars Benson & Moorhead in the lead roles, as it was a pandemic project they made in Los Angeles quietly in an apartment block. Also featuring Sarah Adina Smith, Wanjiru Njendu, Issa Lopez, and Vinny Curran. This is a small scale conspiracy thriller wrapped in a sci-fi mind-bender. You might end up tumbling down the rabbit hole, too.

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 Posted on August 22 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 6 Comments

Explosive Trailer for Epic Hong Kong Sci-Fi Action 'Warriors of Future'

Warriors of Future Trailer

"This is an unprecedented operation." Whoa!! There's a Hong Kong sci-fi action movie called Warriors of Future that has finally opened in theaters in China and Hong Kong this summer. It was being prepped for release in 2019, with an early trailer dropping years ago. But after all the pandemic delays and lockdowns, it's only being released now. Set in the year 2055, a meteorite brings an extraterrestrial to the Earth in the form of an alien vine that "purifies the planet but kills everything in its path." (Is this anti-climate change propaganda?) When powerful alien creatures threaten humanity, Cmmdr. Sing Lee's elite forces are almost wiped out, and the surviving soldier Tai Loi discovers an even bigger conspiracy. Starring Louis Koo, Sean Lau, Carina Lau, Philip Keung, Tse Kwan-ho, and Nick Cheung. This looks EXTRA epic, from a VFX supervisor making his directorial debut. It's even being marketed as the new "Gold Standard" in Asian VFX. Though the mech is stolen from Ghost in the Shell, the suits look like Iron Man, and the story looks a lot like China's Restart the Earth, also about an alien vine. Huh. That said, you still need to watch this epic trailer.

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 Posted on August 19 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 4 Comments

Watch: Sci-Fi Short 'Hell Creek' Involves a Time Traveler + Dinosaur

Hell Creek Short Film

Run!! This sci-fi short film was first released earlier this year, but we're catching up with it now thanks to the YouTube channel DUST featuring it this week. Hell Creek is a 6-minute action thriller short film made by Danny Donahue. He stars in, writes, and directs, and even learned 3D animation to create this short entirely in his own spare time. Awesome!! He explains: "I made it because dinosaurs were what inspired me to get into filmmaking in the first place. I've been creating short horror films for years, but I decided it was time to try something a little different." One of the filming locations was actually used in the first Jurassic Park film (the raptor dig site scene) which he says, "felt like a good omen, given the subject matter." It's always exciting to see how much a filmmaker can pull off when fueled by passion and determination. Even if the CG is a bit rough around the edges, this is a kick ass little short that's well worth a watch. Jump right in.

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 Posted on August 18 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | Comments

A Portal Goes to a Perfect Dimension in 'The Alternate' Sci-Fi Trailer

The Alternate Trailer

"This is wrong, we shouldn't be here." Uncork'd Ent has revealed an official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled The Alternate, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Alrik Bursell. This originally premiered last year at a few small festivals and is landing on VOD in September if anyone is curious to find out what's going on with this intriguing story. Upon unlocking a portal to an alternate dimension where all his dreams have come true, struggling filmmaker Jake is forced to confront his own idealized self. The other dimension he discovers contains the perfect version of his life, but he "soon sees that his alternate is not as perfect as he seems, and perfection comes with a price." Of course, as always, this is the The Box fable all over again. The film stars Ed Gonzalez Moreno, Natalia Dominguez, and Syra McCarthy. This looks like some lo-fi indie sci-fi goodness, but I'm not sure the story will be compelling in the end. Check this out.

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 Posted on August 18 in Indies, Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 3 Comments

Yet Another A.I. Home Sci-Fi Horror Thriller - 'Blank' Official Trailer

Blank Trailer

"I cannot open the door until your work is completed." Brainstorm Media has debuted an official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Blank, yet another Artificial Intelligence goes rogue and turns violent horror film. There's so many of these A.I. horror films these days I don't know why they keep making them when it's pretty much always the same story. The big difference with this one is that it also involves an android woman. After checking in for an A.I. operated writer's retreat, Claire finds herself trapped in her unit with a malfunctioning android. As her captor becomes increasingly unstable she has to outsmart the technology in order to make it out alive. Rachel Shelley stars as Claire, with Heida Reed, Wayne Brady, Rebecca-Clare Evans, and Annie Cusselle. This doesn't look as bad as so many other A.I. films, but it doesn't look that good either. All the writer's block psychological breakdown aspects in this seem so cliche. Take a look.

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 Posted on August 17 in Sci-Fi, To Watch, Trailer | 1 Comment

Watch: Astonishing CG Animated Sci-Fi Short Film 'The Cloud Racer'

The Cloud Racer Short Film

"You flew fast. Mom would be proud." You have to watch this awesome short film titled The Cloud Racer - from director Joe Sill and his production studio Impossible Objects. This CG animated sci-fi short is a proof of concept and it's an exhilarating experience introducing us to the "next great race." Made entirely on the Unreal engine, it's an example of how far you can push visuals with any idea. A struggling outerling pilots his race-craft over the apocalyptic streets of future Los Angeles in a fierce aerial competition against the much better funded corporate teams, his trusted father (who also serves as his mechanic) by his side. Set in a desolate, demolished LA in 2055, the city is now known as "Ghost City". It's pretty much The Phantom Menace podracing scene but it also reminds of the Wachowskis' Speed Racer as well (which I still think is underrated). With performances by Heston Horwin, Chase Cargill, Stephanie Kerbis, Trevor Stevens. This is the kind of epic CG short like Ruin that should change everything for these filmmakers. Start your engines.

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 Posted on August 16 in Sci-Fi, Short Film, To Watch | 2 Comments

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

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