"I prefer to suffer." Utopia has revealed an official US trailer for Saul at Night, a quirky indie sci-fi drama marking the feature debut of filmmaker Cory Santilli. This originally premiered in 2019 at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, and is opening in the US this week on VOD for anyone interested. In Saul at Night, a mandatory sleep schedule has been enforced worldwide with one outlier who is forced to become acclimated to isolation in a bizarre experiment. He invents new ways to connect with his sleeping family. Starring Kentucker Audley as Saul, with Suzanne Clément, Stephanie Ellis, and Acadia Colan. Described as a "carefully drawn study of human nature and the nature of connections to both loved ones and strangers." This looks much darker & more dramatic than I was expecting, but I'm still curious to see what it's all about.
"He's reaching out to you." Paramount has revealed an official trailer for an emotional teen romance movie titled The In Between, which is not really the typical teen romance as it comes with a supernatural twist. After surviving a car accident that took the life of her boyfriend, a teenage girl believes he is attempting to reconnect with her from the after world. "With the help of her best friend and a newfound belief that love never dies, Tessa attempts to contact Skylar one last time, in order to give their love story the epic ending it deserves." This sounds a bit similar to The Lovely Bones in some ways, or also a bit like the classic Ghost, but with a spunky modern YA vibe instead of the classic romance feel. Joey King stars as Tessa, along with Kyle Allen, and a small cast including Kim Dickens, John Ortiz, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, & Celeste O'Connor. It even has the over-saturated "afterlife" style in a few shots. This looks super cheesy so beware.
"You do realize everyone is sure you did this?" RLJE Films has revealed the official trailer for an L.A. crime comedy titled Last Looks, formerly known as Waldo as the main character's name is Charlie Waldo. It's landing on VOD in February if anyone wants to watch this. A disgraced ex-cop seeks solace by moving to the woods, but his quiet life comes to an end when a private eye recruits him to help investigate a murder. The strange new case finds Waldo contending with gangsters, Hollywood executives and pre-school teachers, all in pursuit of clearing Pinch's name… or confirming his guilt. Starring Charlie Hunnam as Waldo, with Morena Baccarin, Lucy Fry, Dominic Monaghan, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Clancy Brown, Rupert Friend, and Mel Gibson. This is chock full of kooky characters from around Los Angeles, but the rest of it looks like the same kind of did-he-do-it-or-not? mystery as most other crime thrillers. Get a look.
"Do you know why we're called Hellbenders?" Shudder has revealed an official trailer for the indie horror film titled Hellbender, described as an occult coming-of-age feature made by a family of indie filmmakers. This first premiered at the Fantastic Film Festival last year, and it lands on the horror streamer Shudder this February. It's the sixth feature film written and directed by the filmmaking Adams family: Toby Poser, John Adams, and their daughter Zelda Adams (of The Deeper You Dig, Halfway to Zen, The Shoot). Zelda Adams stars in the film, along with her mother and sister Lulu, and she also won the Best Actress award at Fantasia. Confined to a mountaintop for most of her life thanks to a rare illness, a lonely teen discovers her family's ties to witchcraft. "To understand the hunger, Izzy must learn the dark secrets of her family's past and the ancient power in her bloodline." Sounds wild, but wait until you see this trailer! It looks crazy cool.
"If you ever come into contact with the creature, you're somehow connected – 'one with it?'" Have you ever meet this kind of sea monster before? Sea Critter is a VFX short film made on a tiny budget by a batch of up-and-coming filmmakers. It takes a while to get going, running long at 17 minutes in total, but there is an intriguing concept in here. A documentary crew uncovers the strange story behind Wilbur's encounter with a tentacled sea creature. This is made by filmmaker Eric Smigiel, and stars Scot Scurlock as the grizzled sea fellow named Wilbur. The film premiered at the Burbank Film Festival last year, and is available online to watch now. It's not the most impressive short film, a bit rough around the edges, especially with how long it spends interviewing him in the chair in the first half. But the ending is cool. Meet the "Sea Critter" below.
"I have hope that you will give these children the education they need to become more." Samuel Goldwyn Films has revealed a new official US trailer for the indie film Lunana: A Yak in The Classroom, made in Bhutan by a filmmaker named Pawo Choyning Dorji. This originally premiered at festivals back in 2019, but has been waiting for an official release ever since then. An aspiring musician living with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu, dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia. But he is instead sent to Lunana, to teach at a remote school high in the mountains. Starring Sherab Dorji as Ugyen. The film was submitted by Bhutan as their Oscar submission for 2021, but they ran into some problems. "Unfortunately, it was not officially accepted by the Academy because Bhutan hadn’t submitted a film in decades and did not have an officially recognized committee. [But] by the time the Bhutanese government was informed by the Academy of Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom's submission being disqualified, there was no time" to do this correctly. Bhutan is such a beautiful country, I can't wait to visit one day. This looks like an uplifting story.
"May I enter your game?" Black Mandala has unveiled the first trailer for their latest genre project, a horror anthology film titled The Red Book Ritual. There's no official release set, but it's expect to arrive later this year. Three friends decide to play "The Red Book" game. What they don't know is that in the house evil is waiting to be released. A long time ago a witch died as part of a satanic ritual. Every question they ask, they get closer and closer to her. The film is inspired by an actual paranormal game from Mexico, similar to the ouija board, allowing players to connect to spirits. "But what if your host is an evil entity with a thirst for blood?" This anthology film features numerous short segments made by international directors plus a wrap-around story. The cast includes Bruno Giacobbe, Agustín Olcese, Marlene Pedersen Chauviere, and Valeria San Martín. This has some creepy moments in the trailer, I hope the rest of the stories are good.
"The truth is, Frank, I'm a violent man." Vertigo Releasing has unveiled an official UK trailer for a British crime drama titled A Violent Man, opening in cinemas in the UK this February. Not to be confused with the other US crime drama also titled A Violent Man. Steve Mackleson is a dangerous prisoner, incarcerated for double murder in a maximum security prison. He tries to navigate his struggle against redemption, the system, and his inner turmoil when a young black gang member becomes his unlikely new cell mate and a daughter he has never met finally requests to meet her estranged father – face to face. Craig Fairbrass stars as Steve, with a cast including Jason Flemyng, Stephen Odubola as his cell mate, Ross McCall, Ulrich Thomsen, and Zoë Tapper. Reviews say the film is "punctuated by moments of electrifying and ferocious violence, including a couple of truly savage cell face-offs that are shockingly effective." Get a look.
"Zombies should be in movies, not at our school." Netflix has revealed the full-length official trailer for the new zombie series All of Us Are Dead, another kick ass Korean series hitting screens in just a few weeks. "All of us will die. There is no hope." The school has turned into a bloody battleground and made friends into worst enemies. Who will make it out alive? Will you kill… or let yourself be killed? "School's out for the Apocalypse!" A group of students are trapped in Hyosan High School during a zombie virus outbreak. They desperately try to avoid becoming zombies and escape from their school. The series stars Yoon Chan-young, Park Ji-hoo, Cho Yi-hyun, Park Solomon, Yoo In-soo, Bae Hae-sun, & many, many others. This sounds a bit like Korea's Battle Royale but with zombies, which I'm all for! This looks awesome - finally some all-out zombie mayhem. A very intense trailer - if this doesn't sell you, I don't know what will. Dive in!
"If I can't be me – and I mean everything that that means – I just don't want to be." Good Deed Ent. has revealed an official trailer for Moon Manor, a "comedy about death" made by the filmmaking duo known as "KnifeRock" (Erin Granat & Elizabeth Brissenden). This first premiered last year at a festival, and will be dropping on VOD starting in March to watch. Today is Jimmy's last day alive. His Alzheimer's is worsening, so he's decided to die like he has lived - with intention, humor, and zest. In his last day on Earth, Jimmy will show an obituary writer, his death doula, his estranged brother, his caretaker, a surreal being, and guests at his fabulous "FUN-eral", that perhaps the art of living is the art of dying. It's "inspired by a true-ish story." The film also marks the first original score by Coldplay producers The Dream Team. Moon Manor stars Jim Carrozo as Jimmy, with Debra Wilson, Richard Riehle, Lou Taylor Pucci, Reshma Gajjar, Galen Howard, Ricki Lake, and Heather Morris. Looks so wacky and fun and clever and fresh! I dig it.
"Who took that photo of me?" Netflix has unveiled a trailer for an Indonesian thriller titled Photocopier, which is now available to watch on Netflix worldwide (in most countries) as of today. The film premiered at last year's Busan Film Festival, then won a bunch of awards at Festival Film Indonesia - including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and others. After losing her scholarship when photos of her at a party surface online, a student pairs with a photocopy worker to piece together what happened. "Will she see light at the end of the tunnel?" It seems like the deeper she gets, the more trouble she stirs up. Only because she just wants to find out what really happened. Another of these tragic stories about a young woman. Starring Shenina Syawalita Cinnamon as Sur, Chicco Kurniawan, Lutesha, Jerome Kurnia, Dea Panendra, and Giulio Parengkuan. This looks tragic, but the style is damn good.
He's back! A few years ago, a French editor named Fabrice Mathieu put together a fun fan film titled TS: Terminators, mashing up footage from all of the Terminator movies to tell a different story involving Arnold Schwarzenegger's various robots fighting each other. He's back again with TS2 Terminators 2: Primary Targets, the highly anticipated sequel to his first TS short. The story in the sequel takes place after James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day - "this time, the Connors are on their own." As amusing as this is, there's so much creativity in taking existing content and remixing / re-editing to make something new. That rad little car from the movie Black Moon Rising is pretty dang cool, I want one now. Fire this up and enjoy.