"Only 20 of your crew were ever found. What happened to the other 100 men you were sworn to protect?" An intriguing, low key sci-fi short film that is built entirely around dialogue. Mimic is a short film made by LA-based filmmaker Scott Jeschke, who has been cooking up shorts for years while working to establish himself in the industry. In Mimic, a lone investigator seeks out answers from a reclusive Navy veteran to uncover what happened to a submarine that mysteriously vanished into the atmosphere one day. This stars Luke Persiani and Brian Jackson. The short works better as a scene or two in a feature film, but maybe that's the point - this is a pitch for something bigger. The final reveal is expected, but it's still eerie to see it.
"We should be safe as long as we stay put, I guess…" Freestyle Digital Media has released an official trailer for an indie thriller titled Goodbye Honey, the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Max Strand. This initially premiered at the Philadelphia Film Festival last year, but we haven't heard much about it besides that. After escaping abduction, a frantic woman must coerce an exhausted truck driver to hide in the back of her truck for the night. The two women take refuge not knowing what the rest of that night has in store. Eventually, it becomes clear that they are not alone, and their inner demons could also be as dangerous as whatever is outside of the truck… Bonding over a shared history of trauma, Dawn and Phoebe realize they must learn to trust each other and work together if they want to get through a night full of unexpected twists and violent turns. Starring Juliette Alice Gobin as Phoebe, and Pamela Morgan as Dawn, along with Paul C. Kelly, Aaron Mitchell, & Peyton Michelle Edwards. This looks very intense and very twisty.
"It's still out there… And it's close." Kicks Australia has revealed the first official trailer for yet another new shark horror movie titled Great White, this time made in Australia where most Great White Sharks roam. A blissful tourist trip quickly turns into a nightmare when five passengers on a seaplane become stranded miles from shore. In a desperate bid for survival the group try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing terror lurking just beneath the surface. Starring Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimie Tsukakoshi, Tim Kano, and Te Kohe Tuhaka. This has the same vibe as The Shallows or The Reef, with survival sitting in the ocean being the focus of the narrative. And there's not one, but TWO, big bad sharks out to get them. Scary stuff. This film looks like it might be seriously thrilling.
"You can either work the field, or play the field." Sony Pictures Classics has revealed an official trailer for an indie football drama titled 12 Mighty Orphans, based on the true historical account of a young football team playing during the Great Depression (in the 1930s). The sports film – starring Luke Wilson, Martin Sheen, Vinessa Shaw, and Robert Duvall – tells the story of the Mighty Mites, the football team from a Fort Worth, TX orphanage who, during the Great Depression, went from playing without shoes—or even a football—to playing for the Texas state championships. Play on, boys! 12 Mighty Orphans is adapted from Jim Dent's bestselling book of the same name, and it also co-stars Wayne Knight, Jake Austin Walker, Treat Williams, Ron White, and Scott Haze. This doesn't look particularly good in any way, but it is the kind of underdog football story that some American viewers will eat up. Reminds me a bit of Leatherheads.
"Don't get paranoid… we've got the answers." MTV Docs + Paramount have unveiled an official trailer for a TV documentary film titled Going to Pot: The High and Low of It, which will be launching streaming on Paramount+ starting on 4/20 this month. Of course. MTV Documentary Films celebrates 4/20 with the highly anticipated Going to Pot: The High and Low of It from Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato of World of Wonder Productions. In Bailey and Barbato's Going to Pot, they explore the growing marijuana industry by delving into its misconceptions and promises of its explosion. Their goal was to "take the audience on a journey that explores the good, the bad, and the evil effects of pot." Sounds scary. This looks much more like info-tainment, focusing on facts and details and answers. And I'm not sure there's much of a narrative here besides "weed is legal so many places now and we want to capitalize on that and make a doc about, er, pot!"
"You… belong… here…" Vertical Ent. has released the official trailer for an indie horror film from Colombia (shot and made in English) titled The Devil's Child, also known as Diavlo. The latest horror feature from filmmaker David Bohorquez. Young nurse Cherry finds herself haunted by lingering childhood trauma when she is employed at a remote estate to care for a clairvoyant and sinister man, who might just have psychic powers. Freaky. The indie horror film stars Marvens Passiano, Maria Camila Perez, Alison Sullivan, and Francisca Tevez. This looks surprisingly unimaginative and especially derivative, at least from this trailer, despite some dark, sinister shots in it. But these kind of horror films are a dime a dozen these days.
"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth…" 1091 Pictures has revealed an official trailer for the indie survival thriller called This World Alone, marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Jordan Noel. This originally premiered back in 2018, but it has been waiting to get a release for these past three years, finally arriving (on VOD) in the midst of entirely different global cataclysm. Three women attempt to survive after a cataclysmic event leaves the Earth without any technology or power. Same must head out of her protective home for the first time and journey to a settlement a few days away to collect medical supplies. Along the way she meets Dart, a weak young man out on a "walkabout" attempting to prove himself to his community. The two of them come of age together as they face physical and emotional challenges of a world reclaimed by nature. The film stars Belle Adams, Lau'rie Roach, Carrie Walrond Hood, Sophie Edwards, and Brandon O'Dell. This is quite a strong trailer, but as usual I can't really tell if the actual film will be good.
"We're just gonna talk to him." Magnet Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for the Danish revenge dark comedy titled Riders of Justice, from filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam's Apples, Men & Chicken). We've already been featuring the original Danish trailers for this since last year, and it's now opening in May in the US (both in theaters and on VOD). Mads Mikkelsen stars as Markus, a military vet who has to go home to his teenage daughter, Mathilde, when his wife dies in a tragic train accident. It seems to be plain bad luck - but it turns out that it might have been a carefully orchestrated assassination, which his wife ended up being a random casualty of. A few passengers find him and they set out to enact revenge. The cast includes Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Gustav Lindh, Roland Møller, Nicolas Bro, Jacob Lohmann, and Lars Brygmann. I saw this at IFFR and it's awesome! Much more complex than this trailer shows. I wrote in my review that it's "astoundingly dark and strangely twisted and wickedly hilarious." A must watch.
"We will build our country together with love and faith." Abramorama has released an official trailer for a documentary titled Upheaval: The Journey of Menachem Begin, the latest from award-winning doc director Jonathan Gruber (Follow Me, Miriam Beerman: Expressing the Chaos). Looking back at his legacy in a new light, one of Israel's most venerated but complex and controversial leaders receives an incisive portrait. Menachem Begin was a proud pillar of the State of Israel, fiercely devoted to the Jewish people. Jailed in a Soviet gulag for pre-war Zionist activities and scarred by loss in the Holocaust, he founded the right-wing Likud party, and was vilified as a fascist and terrorist by critics. Yet Begin is remembered as among Israel's most democratic prime ministers for defending Jewish immigration and signing the historic peace accord with Egypt. Rarely seen archival materials and astute interviews offer rich, nuanced insights into a mesmerizing political figure born into war, who never ceded the hope for peace. A compelling study.
"Nothing was given, all was earned. Hold on to what belongs to you." Amazon Studios has revealed a full-length official trailer for Barry Jenkins' latest project, The Underground Railroad, a 10-episode mini-series streaming on Prime Video starting this May. This is one we definitely will break our no-TV rules to feature, not only because it's Barry Jenkins, but because it looks seriously incredible. No surprise there. A young woman named Cora makes an amazing discovery during her attempt to break free from slavery in the deep south. The Underground Railroad features Thuso Mbedu as Cora, plus Chase W. Dillon and Joel Edgerton. Joined by Aaron Pierre, William Jackson Harper, Sheila Atim, Amber Gray, Peter De Jersey, Chukwudi Iwuji, Damon Herriman, Lily Rabe, Mychal-Bella Bowman, Irone Singleton, Marcus "MJ" Gladney, Jr., Will Poulter, and Peter Mullan. Barry Jenkins is the series showrunner. Featuring cinematography by James Laxton, and a score by Jenkins' usual composer Nicholas Britell. This looks truly extraordinary, more than just a story about the famous railroad, with so much more to teach us.
"There's nothing harder to find than lost love." Gravitas Ventures has debuted an official trailer for a British comedy called The Man in the Hat, which already opened in the fall in the UK last year. Now arriving in the US this May. The Man in the Hat takes us on a journey through France in a Fiat 500 accompanied by a framed photograph of an unknown woman. He is pursued by five angry men in a Citroën Dyane… Why are they chasing him? And how can he shake them off? Only way to find out is to watch! Ciarán Hinds stars as "The Man In The Hat", joined by Stephen Dillane, Maïwenn, Sasha Hails, Muna Otaru, Brigitte Roüan, Xavier Laurent, & Claire Tran as "The Storyteller". This looks adorable! And gorgeous, all that French countryside. Oh my. I also like that this trailer is dialogue free, selling the story with all the imagery.
"As long as you have him by your side, nothing can ever hurt you." "Not even the demons in the hallway?" Epic Pictures has released an official trailer for an indie horror comedy called Benny Loves You, marking the feature directorial debut of British filmmaker Karl Holt, who also co-stars in the film. This played at last year's FrightFest and Sitges Film Festival, and also stopped by the New York City Horror Film Festival a few years ago. We've seen evil animatronics, and evil dolls, now it's time for an evil plush toy. Jack is desperately trying for a new start in life, but when he throws away his childhood bear Benny, it's a move that can only end in death. Benny doesn't want to be thrown away! So tread carefully… The film stars Karl Holt, Claire Cartwright, George Collie, James Parsons, Lydia Hourihan, and David Wayman. This definitely does look like an instant cult classic, total "riot" of a film. Perhaps it's better than these other dumb horrors.