"A hallucinogenic journey through space!" Shudder has released one final epic trailer for the crazy indie sci-fi project Blood Machines, written and directed by Seth Ickerman – we've featured two other trailers previously. Which will finally be available to watch on Shudder in May. This French lo-fi sci-fi is actually a "medium-length" film coming in at 50 minutes, making it still a worthy watch. The film tells the story of an A.I. escaping its spaceship as a female ghost and challenging two blade runners into an galactic chase. Featuring a score by the synthwave artist Carpenter Brut kicking this up a few notches. The project is a sequel to the music video Turbo Killer, the first collaboration between Brut and Ickerman. The full-length Blood Machines stars Elisa Lasowski, Anders Heinrichsen, Noémie Stevens, Christian Erickson, Joëlle Berckmans, and Natasha Cashman. This is easily the best trailer yet, and I can't wait to watch this. Looks wickedly one-of-a-kind and mad trippy in every way. Strap in! This one goes to ludicrous speed.
"They don't want to share…" Freestyle DM has unveiled an official trailer for an indie sci-fi survival thriller called Finding Eden, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Rodney Aquino. The film was finished a few years ago and has been awaiting a release, and will be available on VOD starting in May to watch at home. The earth is dying, and those still alive must fight to survive within the wake of unrivaled disasters. The apocalyptic event in Finding Eden is Earth shifting off its axis, causing disasters all over the world that turn the planet into a wasteland. The film features an ensemble cast including Jason Sutton, Joseph Gatt, Tom Proctor, Kelly Rose, Yindra Zayas, Raul Colon, Kris Kozlowski, and Michael Campion. This is one of those films where the concept is out of the league of the filmmaking. I really wish this was better than it looks, because man oh man it looks pretty bad – even with bow-&-arrow-Jesus in it.
"Save the past, or change the future…" Bring on the future! This is the kind of ambitious sci-fi vision I love encountering. AI-pocalypse is a stunning, mind-bending new sci-fi short film from filmmaker Lin Sun. The film tells the story of a self-conscious Artificial Intelligence being who goes to the 4th dimension to fix human kind's future. Oh yeah, let's get into it. This is clearly inspired by Cloud Atlas and Sonmi-451's story, with similar storytelling (recalls her story to authorities while crying). But the final act of this short pushes it even further – literally into the 4th dimension. Which is awesome to see. Jiao Xu stars as Sonia, joined by Arthur Roberts and John Henry Richardson. The visuals in this are impressive for something made on a small scale. If this is only the first film Lin Sun has made, then I cannot wait to see what else he makes.
"I want something more from you… I want more. Give me more." Vimeo has debuted an official trailer for a compelling sci-fi short film titled A Helical, the first official short film made by Irish filmmaker Marcus McMahon. This 30 minute short will be available to watch from Vimeo in May, but in the meantime, this 60 second trailer is quite an enticing tease. This mesmerizing, abstract film features an experimental narrative: "A lone traveller, from another dimension, arrives on a mysterious yet familiar planet." The film also stars Marcus McMahon as "A Helical" (helical just means having the form of a helix; spiral) along with Keith Chanter and Sanna Kelly. This trailer definitely doesn't explain what's going on, where he is, or what he wants, but it still got my attention. I'm always curious about unique indie sci-fi. Keep an eye out for this one.
"We have to be there when they come!" Whoa, what the?! Shout Studios has released the official trailer for an indie sci-fi thriller titled Proximity, marking the feature directorial debut of VFX artist / filmmaker Eric Demeusy. This looks awesome! A surprise indie sci-fi film we've never heard of before. An "enthralling sci-fi thriller, Proximity is an engaging exploration of the unknown." A young NASA scientist is abducted by extraterrestrials and returns, but no one believes him. Of course. He becomes obsessed with finding proof "which leads him on a journey of discovery." Though from the looks of it, there's much more than just that going on in here. Starring Ryan Masson, Highdee Kuan, Christian Prentice, Shaw Jones, and Don Scribner. I'm completely sold by this trailer. Doesn't look too low budget or cheesy. From what I can tell, a smart filmmaker is using his talent and limited resources to tell a big story in an engaging and exciting way.
"There are three kinds of people: the ones above, the ones below, and the ones who fall." On this episode of The First Word podcast we reconnect for a discussion about two small scale, contained sci-fi films now available to watch: Vivarium, directed by Lorcan Finnegan, starring Jesse Eisenberg & Imogen Poots; and also The Platform (aka El Hoyo in Spanish), directed by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, starring Ivan Massagué & Zorion Eguileor. Both worth watching. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this chat, we're joined by film writer John Bleasdale as our guest (he also joined us for our episode on James Gray's Ad Astra last year). Listen to our discussion.
"Lilly, I have another international waters secret…" Dark Star has debuted the official trailer for an indie time travel romantic comedy called Same Boat, marking the feature directorial debut of actor / comedian Chris Roberti. This is one of those perfect pitches that we've all imagined would be a good movie. Right? A time-traveling assassin from the 28th century finds himself on a cruise ship, where he falls for the women he's supposed to kill. Same Boat stars Chris Roberti, Tonya Glanz, David Bly, and David Carl. Along with a random cruise ship full of passengers. This is a very, very low-budget indie sci-fi flick that has some good ideas in it. Just not sure if it's going to be as good as it could be, looks a bit too low key. Jump in below.
"He's gunna kill everybody if we take him anywhere!" "Not unless I tell him to." What happens when you accidentally summon an ancient alien overlord? You trick it into doing your bidding, of course! There's a teaser trailer for a wacky new film titled Psycho Goreman that we have to share with everyone. This is the latest film from Canadian filmmaker / SFX artist Steven Kostanski (who most recently made The Void) and it was originally set to premiere at the SXSW Film Festival this month (which is no longer happening). PG, or Psycho Goreman, is about two kids who, using a magical amulet, force the monster to obey their childish whims, and accidentally attract a rogues' gallery of intergalactic assassins to small-town suburbia. Starring Nita-Josée Hanna, Owen Myre, Adam Brooks, Alexis Hancey, and Matthew Ninaber as PG. This looks hilarious! Like something you'd find in the back of a little VHS rental shop and never forget.
"It went into the water! We're all vulnerable to get infected." Dust has revealed another official US trailer for the indie sci-fi thriller Sea Fever, which will be getting a US debut in early April. It's definitely worth a watch. This originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and we just posted a UK trailer last week. Described as "reminiscent of cult classics The Thing and The Abyss," with an original script about a marooned boat overtaken by this strange sea parasite that attaches itself to the vessel. Hermione Corfield stars as a marine biology student who steps aboard a ship captained by Freya, played by Connie Nielsen. The small cast also includes Dougray Scott, Olwen Fouéré, Jack Hickey, Ardalan Esmaili, and Elie Bouakaze. It's as good as it looks in the trailers, so gather up friends for a movie night and enjoy this one.
"Even something as arbitrary as a piece of litter could have the power to change the entire course of history." WHOA! This is one of the best shorts you'll ever see!! Dirty Machines: The End of History is a proof-of-concept short for a sci-fi series about time travel. Written & directed by David Matthew Olson, who also stars in it, the concept involves a tourist taking a trip back in time to the beginning of time travel, a moment where we follow a scientist about to discover the formula. This is Christoper Nolan-esque brilliant, especially in the use of the intense, lingering score used throughout the first half. Filmed in the Stockholm subway. I love love love everything about this, all the intellectual dialogue, and the fact that the woman who invents time travel has a cute dog with her (named in the credits as Bone Chomsky). It's all just so perfect.
"Who cares how it works, you just use it." Shudder has released one more official trailer for the indie sci-fi mystery titled The Room, not to be confused with Tommy Wiseau's The Room or the Brie Larson film titled just Room. The film won Best Feature at the Bucheon & Strasbourg Fantastic Film Festivals last year, and is finally arriving streaming on Shudder this month. Matt and Kate buy an isolated house. While moving, they discover a strange room that grants them an unlimited number of material wishes. But, since Kate has had two miscarriages, what she misses the most is a child. Of course, we all know that some wishes come with unexpected consequences. Another version of this "Monkey's Paw" story that was also turned into the film The Box not too long ago. The Room stars Olga Kurylenko and Kevin Janssens, with Joshua Wilson and John Flanders. This also reminds me a bit of this year's sci-fi Vivarium. Be careful what you wish for.
"Something's getting through the hull." Signature Entertainment UK has debuted an official UK trailer for an Irish sci-fi thriller titled Sea Fever, which originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. It has been described as "reminiscent of cult classics The Thing and The Abyss," with an original script about a marooned boat overtaken by this strange sea parasite that attaches itself to the vessel. Hermione Corfield stars as a marine biology student who steps aboard a ship captained by Freya, played by Connie Nielsen. The small cast also includes Dougray Scott, Olwen Fouéré, Jack Hickey, Ardalan Esmaili, and Elie Bouakaze. I caught this last fall and it's an excellent little film - a very clever, thrilling stuck-on-a-boat sci-fi feature. If this trailer intrigues you, I really recommend giving it a watch when it opens in cinemas soon.