"Golem is connected to its creator. A Golem can evolve." Epic Pictures Group has released an official trailer for a supernatural period horror titled The Golem, a new horror thriller take on the Jewish folklore legend of the "Golem". Set in 17th century Lithuania, during an outbreak of a deadly plague, a mystical woman tries to save her tight-knit Jewish community from foreign invaders, but the entity she conjures to protect them is a far greater evil. From the directors known as The Paz Brothers, the cast of The Golem includes Hani Furstenberg and Ishai Golen, along with Brynie Furstenberg, Adi Kvetner, Lenny Ravich, and Alex Tritenko. While this does have some surprisingly impressive imagery, the rest of the film doesn't look that great. The story of The Golem is a well-known myth in Judaism, but this doesn't seem to add anything.
"I don't want him having this kind of life." Lionsgate has debuted the first official trailer for a gritty crime thriller titled We Die Young, the latest film starring Belgian badass Jean-Claude Van Damme (he's also in The Bouncer from last year). The film focuses on the struggles of gang life in Washington DC, telling the story of a 14-year-old boy inducted into a gang. He wants to keep his younger brother safe, but is already being scouted. When an war veteran comes into the neighborhood, they see an opportunity to find a revenge and get out before it's too late. In addition to JCVD, We Die Young also stars Elijah Rodriguez, Joana Metrass, Jacob Scipio, Uriel Emil, Nicholas Sean Johnny, Joseph Long, and David Castañeda. So many of these forgettable action films being made, and despite starring JCVD this doesn't look any good.
"Is none of this affecting you at all?" Altered Innocence has debuted a full-length, official US trailer for a French murder thriller titled Knife+Heart, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. The film goes under the title Un couteau dans le coeur in France, which translates directly to A knife in the heart, but I prefer the official version more. Set in Paris in the summer 1979, the film follows Anne, a producer of third-rate gay porn. When Loïs, her editor & companion, leaves her, she attempts to reclaim her by turning a film more ambitious, but one of her actors ends up murdered. Vanessa Paradis stars as Anne, with Kate Moran, Nicolas Maury, Jonathan Genet, Khaled Alouach, & Félix Maritaud. Including an original score by M83. The film has been described as a "gleefully trashy exploitation film" that is kind of like "gay porn meets Giallo slasher." If that sounds like your kind of kink, you should definitely check this out below.
"You get involved with the likes of him and I guarantee you'll get hurt. Championship means more than your father!" Saban Films has released the first official trailer for an indie race car thriller titled Trading Paint, from director Karzan Kader (The Last Four, Bekas). The film is about a small town rivalry between a veteran race car driver and his son, as the son decides to go out on his own in hopes of winning more races. John Travolta stars, with his son played by Toby Sebastian, along with Michael Madsen, Kevin Dunn, Shania Twain, Buck Taylor, and Luis Da Silva. This is a rather intense trailer for a movie about race car drivers, but it is an intense sport so I guess it makes sense. Travolta seems to be enjoying this role.
"Right now, everything's possible even if this life may be a dream." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a fascinating French drama titled Paris Is Us, the feature debut of filmmaker Elisabeth Vogler. This short trailer is packed with visually stunning footage, making this look like a striking, damning, compelling look at modern day France and all that's happening in the country. The description is vague: "Dreams and reality collide as a young woman navigates a tumultuous relationship amid rising social tensions, protests and tragedies in Paris." The story involves a young woman who was supposed to meet a boy, but she misses the flight and the plane crashes. "Taken in the vertigo of a death that has been narrowly avoided, she moves away from reality and the present." Starring Noémie Schmidt, Grégoire Isvarine, Marie Mottet, Lou Castel, and Schreiber Alexandre. No idea what's going on here, but it looks crazy cool. Got my attention.
"There's gotta be an explanation! So what do we know?" Surprise! Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, a new Nancy Drew movie produced by Ellen DeGeneres that we didn't know much about before this dropped. This small town mystery stars Sophia Lillis, who also played the young Beverly Marsh in It: Chapter One, as "Nance". WB last made a Nancy Drew movie in 2007 starring Emma Roberts. A bit of an outsider struggling to fit in to her new surroundings, Nancy and her pals set out to solve the mystery, make new friends, and establish their place in the community. Also starring Linda Lavin, Sam Trammell, Andrea Anders, Zoe Renee, Mackenzie Graham, and Laura Wiggins. This latest Nancy is a longboard-riding know-it-all, which seems like a perfect update nowadays.
"It's our responsibility to report unclean behavior." Dark Sky Films has released a full-length official trailer for the dystopian thriller Level 16, which first premiered at Fantastic Fest last year. Sixteen-year-old Vivien is trapped in The Vestalis Academy, a prison-like boarding school, keeping to herself and sticking her neck out for no one. Until she is reunited with Sophia -- the former friend who betrayed her. Together the girls embark on a dangerous search to uncover the horrifying truth behind their imprisonment at this academy. They soon end up running for their lives. Katie Douglas stars as Vivien, along with Celina Martin, Sara Canning, Peter Outerbridge, Amalia Williamson, Kate Vickery, and Kiana Madeira. Looks rather creepy and quite mysterious - a cool, contemporary mix of some intriguing genre ideas. Check it out below.
"I'm sure that you are a different person, but I don't want you to get out." Damn this looks intense. HBO has debuted an official trailer for an indie drama titled O.G., which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last year. This was filmed at an actual prison, with real-life prisoners playing prisoners. The story centers on Louis, a maximum-security inmate and a former gang leader who genuinely regrets his crimes and, while serving over 24 years behind bars, has tried to live a new life of dignity and self-respect. Just weeks before release, he encounters Beech, a new prisoner (played by real-life inmate Theothus Carter) who asks for his help. "The younger inmate echoes of his older counterpart, stirring instincts within Louis that had long been buried beneath a tough exterior." Jeffrey Wright stars, with William Fichtner, Boyd Holbrook, Mare Winningham, Bahni Turpin, Yul Vazquez, David Patrick Kelly, and Ato Essandoh. Enjoy.
"Whatever he says, don't trust him." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled the official US trailer for Dogman, the latest Italian drama from acclaimed filmmaker Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Reality, Tale of Tales). This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year, where it won the Best Actor award. This gritty "urban western" from Italy tells a (true) story of a homicide committed by a coked-out dog groomer during the late 1980s. The story goes that this guy was just a gentle dog groomer before he got pushed into a much more violent world thanks to the local mobsters. The cast includes Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Adamo Dionisi, Francesco Acquaroli, Gianluca Gobbi, Nunzia Schiano, and Alida Baldari Calabria. I saw this at Cannes and loved it, one of my favorite films of the fest (read my full review), and I recommend it - especially for dog lovers and/or fans of contemporary Italian cinema. Opening in US theaters this April.
"They're trying to screw us! I'm going to tear you down…" The Orchard has debuted the first official trailer for an indie drama titled The Hummingbird Project, which already premiered at the Toronto and Vancouver Film Festivals last fall, arriving in US theaters this March. You don't want to sleep on this one. The film is the latest from Quebecois filmmaker Kim Nguyen (War Witch, Two Lovers and a Bear, Eye on Juliet), a thriller about two high-stakes traders with a plan to build a straight fiber-optic cable line between Kansas and New Jersey, so they can make millions. But of course it's easier said than done. The cast features Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgård, Salma Hayek, Michael Mando, Johan Heldenbergh, Ayisha Issa, and Sarah Goldberg. This is described as a "modern epic" that "exposes the ruthless edge of our increasingly digital world." This looks totally wild and captivating, I'm very curious to watch. Dive right in.
"Everyone around you are disgusting little insects." Gunpowder & Sky has debuted the killer full-length, official trailer for the indie horror drama Lord of Chaos, which originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year in the Midnight section (as a late addition to the fest). The indie film is based on "truth and lies", as the marketing indicates, telling the (mostly true) story of an attempt to launch Norwegian Black Metal, following its most notorious practitioners at the time. The plot is actually about a teenager's quest to spread Norwegian Black Metal in Oslo, Norway in the early 1990s, which results in a very violent outcome. Rory Culkin stars, with Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira, Jack Kilmer, and Valter Skarsgård. The first teasers for this didn't show much, but this trailer gives us plenty of crazy footage to chew on. And this looks totally gnarly, with some crazy violent, intense moments hinted at in this full trailer. Don't ignore this one.
"Are we cops or a chicken joint?" CJ Entertainment has debuted an official US trailer for an action comedy titled Extreme Job, made by South Korean filmmaker Lee Byeong-heon (Cheer Up Mr. Lee, Twenty, What a Man Wants). The goofy comedy is about a team of narcotic detectives who goes undercover inside a fried chicken joint to stake out an organized crime gang. But things take an unexpected turn when the detectives’ chicken recipe suddenly transforms the rundown restaurant into the hottest eatery in town. Starring Ryu Seung-yong, Lee Hanee, Jin Sun-kyu, Lee Dong-hwi, and Gong-myoung. I'm happy that CJ brings these Korean films to the US and puts them in theaters at the exact same time they're available in Korea, without a delayed release. Though I'm not sure I can say this one is really worth going out and seeing. Enjoy.