"What if it wasn't just a storm…?" IFC Midnight has unveiled an official trailer for a mysterious new horror thriller titled We Need to Do Something, made by filmmaker Sean King O'Grady. It already premiered at Tribeca earlier this year. The concept involves a big, crazy apocalyptic storm rolling in and a family trapped by the storm in their house. But that's not it… There's some other kind of strange, evil forces lurking around, causing things to become even scarier as they remain stuck there for days. Described as a "Pandora's Box of horror" which sounds just about right, with a bit of Stephen King everyone-goes-mad storm vibes. The film stars Sierra McCormick, Pat Healy, Lisette Alexis, and Vinessa Shaw. This has some strong style with all the intimate camera shots. I dig the dual layers of intensity between the storm and the strangely terrifying things going on inside the home, too. And clearly they need to "do something" about the situation.
"Space ain't what it used to be." Creators Steven Calcote and Lillian Diaz-Przybyl, along with Butcher Bird Studios, have released the final cut of their revolutionary sci-fi series Orbital Redux. All eight episodes are now available to watch on the Dust site. The first season was performed and broadcast live in 2018, with live music and live special effects - initially on Legendary Digital's Alpha platform. "It incorporated interactive audience elements that allowed the viewers to become part of the narrative," but also used old-school FX… "Plot choices have been locked in and viewers can experience this groundbreaking series in an entirely new way as the 'canonical narrative edition.'" In the series, Ex-NASA astronaut Max Levodolinsky readies his piece-of-junk space freighter for his latest transpo run to the Moon—while bickering with Space Traffic Control, his husband, his boss, and… his new pilot-in-training?!? Starring Yasmine Al-Bustami & Yuri Lowenthal as the two pilots. This looks mildly entertaining, and the live interactive concept is interesting, but this version available now is locked. No more tinkering - just join them for a ride to the Moon and back.
What's wrong with grandmother? Sony Pictures Spain has released the first official trailer for a new horror film titled La Abuela, the latest from [REC] 1-3 director Paco Plaza. This is already set to premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain before opening there starting in October, though there's no US release confirmed yet. A Paris model must return home to Madrid where her grandmother, who had brought her up, just had a stroke. But spending just a few days with this relative turns into an unexpected nightmare after she notices her grandmother acting strange. Vera Valdez stars as Pilar, her grandmother, with Almudena Amor as Susana, plus Karina Kolokolchykova, Chacha Huang, and Michael Collis. This trailer gets super creepy near the end, especially that shot of her standing there naked. Freaky. Glad to see Paco Plaza is still bringing us more unsettling original horror. Just hope this hits the US soon, too. Get a first look below.
"What I'm trying to say… I sort of love you." Bleecker Street has released an official trailer for a film titled Together, a new comedy from British filmmaker Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader). Yet another new pandemic lockdown film, this one addressing a relationship. It is the story of a family, like so many, who found a way to survive - together. This hilarious and heartbreaking story intimately shows two partners forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of lockdown. Starring James McAvoy and Sharon Horgan, with Samuel Logan. Also via the PR notes: "Daldry brings to life the story of a family going through what we all went through over the last year, an experience that should resonate with moviegoers still shaking off the linger effects of COVID-era quarantine." I still don't know if anyone wants to watch a film like this (especially with the potential of more lockdowns on the horizon) but it doesn't look so bad. Seems like a witty "saying what we've all wanted to say, but were afraid to say" films.
"Don't worry. We'll put our heads together and think of something." Ready for something a bit strange and fun to enjoy? Watch this entertaining short film Heads Together, a Dutch creation from an animation trio known as Job, Joris & Marieke - based in Utrecht. Vimeo premiered this online after a few years of playing at film festivals around the world. It's a surreal story about three friends who exchange heads by accident and are forced to adapt to each other's life and experience how they each live. With the voices of Paulien Cornelisse, Nasrdin Dchar, Fockeline Ouwerkerk, and Steye van Dam. This was originally created for a shorts competition: "part of the 'Nu of Nooit' series in which the multicultural society has to be the main theme. The film is aimed at kids between 8 and 12 years." And they're producing a longer series based on this as well. It's an amusing concept with potent themes of empathy and understanding. Worth a watch.
"Welcome to the world, little guy." Shudder has unveiled an official US trailer for an indie horror thriller called Mosquito State, which originally premiered at last year's Venice Film Festival. It also played at the Sitges Film Festival and Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, and will debut streaming on Shudder starting this month. Set in 2007, the film is about a Wall Street analyst living in his apartment overlooking Central Park who brings back some strange mosquitos which begin to swarm inside of his apartment. It's a "weird" psychological thriller about a Wall Street worker slowly breaking down. "Finding common ground between Franz Kafka, David Cronenberg & Mary Harron’s American Psycho, director-screenwriter Filip Jan Rymsza emerges with a new kind of body horror, set during a single week of an exquisitely rendered pre-crash 2007 replete with signs of sociopolitical and economic rot." Starring Beau Knapp, with Charlotte Vega, Jack Kesy, and Olivier Martinez. This looks very good. Not so much about scary bugs, but about rotten minds.
"All I ever wanted in this world… is carnage." Who's hungry - it's time to meet the vicious red symbiote! Sony Pictures has released the second official trailer for the Marvel sequel titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage, aka just Venom 2. The first trailer for this dropped at the beginning of the summer, but with more VFX finished now we can get a much better look at Carnage vs Venom in this new trailer. Directed by Andy Serkis, this new sequel introduces us to the other fan-favorite villain. Woody Harrelson co-stars as Cletus Kasady, the serial killer who also becomes the host of an alien symbiote. Tom Hardy is back as Venom / Eddie Brock, along with Michelle Williams, Naomie Harris, Reid Scott, Stephen Graham, and Peggy Lu as Mrs. Chen. This looks way, way better than the first movie - fully embracing the absurdity of the alternate personality aspect of Venom + Eddie, along with the brutality of Carnage. Take a look below.
"We'll catch these dirtbags tonight." Well Go USA has debuted the full US trailer for the Hong Kong action film Raging Fire, from filmmaker Benny Chan (who passed away last year - this is his final film). Raging Fire will arrive in the US starting in a few weeks this August, after already opening first in China & HK - we posted a teaser a few months back. Donnie Yen stars as Shan, a righteous cop who's is admired by the police force for solving so many cases. One day, his past comes back to haunt him when his sting operation is attacked by a mysterious group of criminals led by Ngo, his former protégé. Ngo was once a talented cop who admired and respected Shan. However, a terrible accident sent him to prison three years ago turning him into a furious man with the aim to kill everyone who wronged him - including his former mentor. Co-starring Nicholas Tse as Ngo, with Jeana Ho, Ray Lui, Patrick Tam, Ben Lam, Deep Ng, and Kang Yu. This looks like it has some seriously awesome action in it, including a bit of POV and explosions galore.
"I want to set his life on fire!" Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for an intriguing horror series titled Brand New Cherry Flavor, which is debuting in just a few weeks. Happy to (once again) break our usual no-TV rule for this as the series is about a young female filmmaker in Los Angeles in the 1990s, set in the world of indie filmmaking. But, "this isn't your average revenge flick." Rosa Salazar stars as Lisa Nova, an aspiring film director in the sun-drenched but seamy world of Los Angeles, who embarks on a mind-altering journey of supernatural revenge that gets nightmarishly out of control. After making her first film, a major producer ruins her so she plots revenge on him – tumbling down a hallucinatory rabbit hole of sex, magic, revenge - and kittens. Also starring Catherine Keener, Eric Lange, Jeff Ward, & Manny Jacinto. This starts out interesting, then gets extra weird and horrifying, with heaps of creepy imagery of all kinds. Not really sure what's going on (is it all real or not?), but I'm curious to see how this nightmarish story plays out.
"I can't be your husband so I'll be your lover." Film Movement has released a new official US trailer for an erotic drama French film called Curiosa, not to be confused with the new Mad Max sequel in the works titled Furiosa. It already opened in 2019 in France, but is just hitting US theaters this summer. A passionate love story set against a backdrop of sexual freedom, loosely based on the relationship between 19th-century authors Pierre Louÿs and Marie de Régnier. Set in the end of the 1800s, the film is about two lovers who do not end up marrying, but they reconnect one year later. And a passionate love affair begins, with a focus on erotic photography as Pierre Louÿs is getting into it using very early cameras. The cast includes Noémie Merlant (from Portrait of a Lady on Fire), Niels Schneider, Benjamin Lavernhe, Camelia Jordana, Amira Casar, Mathilde Warnier, and Mélodie Richard. This really looks very French and intensely sexual, which is exactly what it's exploring. Based on a true story, or at least real letters and photos. Enjoy.
"Will I conquer New York?" Kino Lorber has unveiled the official trailer for a documentary film called On Broadway, from director Oren Jacoby. This is a doc celebrating the triumphant return of Broadway. Now that New York City is facing an uncertain path forward in its recovery from a devastating pandemic, this documentary from the producers of RBG shows how Broadway led the way in the city's last great rebirth and provides a model of how it can come back again. An all-star cast tells the inside story of Broadway theater, and how it came back from the brink thanks to innovative work, a new attention to inclusion, and an uneasy balance between art and commerce. Legends of the stage and screen, including Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow, Viola Davis, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellen, take us behind the scenes of many of Broadway's most groundbreaking & beloved shows, from "A Chorus Line" to "Hamilton." I've always been a fan of Broadway, and hope they'll be back as strong as ever.
"Nowadays, people… they just don't do things right." ScreenDaily has revealed the first promo trailer for an indie comedy from Catalonia called The Odd-Job Men, at least that's the English version of the title. The original Catalan title is Sis Dies Corrents, which translates directly to Six Current Days. It's premiering at both the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals this fall, which makes this a good discovery already. The story follows three handymen who spend a week going from door-to-door in Barcelona to fix whatever is broken. "A peculiar team of three handymen has to face a series of eccentric clients. Their everyday job becomes a surrealist and exhilarating experience." The indie film stars Mohamed Mellali, Valero Escolar, and Pep Sarrà. I had a good feeling this might be pretty good and honestly it looks fantastic so far. It's not often we ever see a film about handymen, but here we go and this looks astute and quite amusing. Check it out below.