Wednesday, 7 April 2010

SLACKER Trailer Review

Trailers are an important tool in building buzz and anticipation for films. A good trailer can sell a bad movie, a bad trailer can kill a good movie. Here we try and tell the difference between the two and pick out the most anticipated new films.


More after the jump...






DINNER FOR SCHMUCKS


Based on the French film Le Diner De Cons, this remake stars Paul Rudd, Steve Carrell, and Zach Galifianakis in what seems to be a fairly loose adaptation. The basic premise of finding the biggest weirdo you can and inviting them to a dinner party seems to have stuck, but the original is mostly confined to one apartment (Due to it's stage roots). The original definitely had room for improvement, but Steve Carell's comedy teeth don't instantly sell it for me.
Due August 20th
Anticipation Level






A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST


They're slowly drip-feeding all of this new footage out of the new Freddy Krueger and i think this trailer plays it just right. I DON'T want to see his face before i see it in cinemas and i've seen just enough to build a lot of anticipation for the final reveal. I know this is by Platinum Dunes who gave us the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Amityville Horror remakes, but Freddy's transformation from comic character back into horror icon seems to be working. Jackie Earle Haley looks good as Freddy (if a little small) and i can't wait to see the teens in peril get killed.
Due May 7th
Anticipation Level






SPLICE


Vincenzo Natali previously made the sci-fi/horror classic Cube, so he knows what to do with a small budget. Although he's got a couple of name actors this time he seems to have kept the low-budget aesthetic. I imagine we're going to spend a lot of time confined in that laboratory. Again, they've gone to some lengths to avoid showing us the creature they've created, but also give maybe too much away by showing us the creature reaching maturity. Hopefully this will be the movie Species wanted to be.
Due April 28th
Anticipation Level






RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE


I've never been a fan of the Resident Evil movies and it doesn't look like this one is going to convert me. I'm a big fan of Zombie cinema and i think the Resident Evil franchise is one of the more stupid (yet strangely popular) examples of the genre. I do like the lengths they've gone to pointing out that they used James Cameron's 3D cameras, given that Avatar and Resident Evil couldn't be more different. This trailer doesn't really include any Zombies (or infected, undead, whatever), but has a lot of Matrix style action. On top of that the EMO soundtrack proves to me this franchise should be put down.
Due September 10th
Anticipation Level






HUMAN CENTIPEDE


At a time when the Saw franchise is no longer the powerhouse it once was, it's about time we found some new low-budget horrors to champion. I've been waiting for this trailer since the film made a bit of a splash on the festival circuit and it delivers. As soon as your car breaks down at the side of the road, you might as well kill yourself now, because there's no way this is going to end well. The mad surgeon looks gaunt and Germanic enough that we may have a new horror icon on ours hands. And the disclaimer at the end of the trailer that the film is '100% medically accurate' only adds to the creepiness.
Due (Unconfirmed)
Anticipation Level






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