Monday, November 21, 2011

Trailers From The Past Week That Are Worth Your Time : 11/14 - 11/20

It's not uncommon for a week to go by without any decent looking trailers being birthed unto the horror community. This past week was not one of those weeks. Check out six trailers from last week that i've approved as being worthy of your precious time, for one reason or another!



THE DARKEST HOUR

Five young people find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack.

Yep, another alien invasion flick. But this one has my interest, as it looks like War of the Worlds with a healthy dose of that fun Attack The Block kinda vibe and even a little Ghostbusters thrown in for good measure. Sounds like a potentially #winning mix to me. A lot of this same footage was seen in a trailer released a few months back, but this re-cut definitely gives things a much funner tone that I hope is inherent in the film itself.



DON'T GO IN THE WOODS

The story of a young band who heads to the woods to get away from their everyday lives in order to focus on writing new songs. Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension.

Actor Vincent D'Onofrio's slasher musical has been on my radar for quite some time now, ever since a strange trailer of sorts was released about a year ago. This latest trailer was put together to promote the upcoming December 26th On Demand release. It looks like oddball awesomeness and I for one will be demanding it.



**TRAILER OF THE WEEK!**

ELFIE HOPKINS

Set in a sleepy hunting village, Elfie Hopkins is the story of a 22-year-old slacker and “wanna-be” detective. Elfie is a stoner and an animal lover in a village populated with hunters. Haunted by the death of her mother and surrounded by her broken father and alcoholic step-mother, Elfie seeks solace and inspiration from the old school detectives in The Maltese Falcon and Chinatown. She entertains herself, along with her geeky best friend, Dylan, by investigating the villagers and upsetting everyone with their imaginative allegations. Elfie’s mundane existence is thrown for a spin with the arrival of a family of trendy city dwellers, the Gammons.

Cannibal films are certainly nothing new but this looks like a totally fresh and original new vision, so this is one human on human chowdown i'll be checking out. Something tells me we're all gonna fall for Elfie Hopkins in the near future. Thus, I proclaim this the Trailer of the Week!



HUNGER GAMES

Set in post-apocalyptic America, the movie will introduce heroine Katniss Everdeen, a self-sufficient 16-year-old who lives in District 12, one of the poorer districts in the nation of Panem, what used to be known as North America before its utter destruction several years earlier. Katniss becomes a participant in the Hunger Games, an annual televised tournament where one boy and one girl from each of the nation's twelve districts must fight to the death until only one competitor, or "tribute," is left standing.

Don't know a lick about the source material and this trailer leads me to believe that the movie's gonna be more mass appeal and toned down than i'd prefer from a film about people being forced to fight for their lives (seems like Battle Royale for the Twilight generation), but it's got my interest nonetheless. And yes, that was Lenny Kravitz.



IN THE HOUSE OF THE FLIES

Set in the 1980's, In the House of Flies focuses around an abducted couple forced to tackle their way to freedom. Alone, isolated, and locked in an undisclosed, suburban basement, Heather and Steve find themselves surrounded by numerous and mysteriously sealed suitcases - each containing valuable clues to their very own survival. Both Heather and Steve must exploit what remains of their bruised intellect and depleting sanity to escape the authority of unidentified and brutal kidnappers. Let the countdown begin.

Not sure what to think about this one yet but it's got a few things going for it that make me think i'm gonna dig it. For one, it's set in the 1980's. I love movies set in the 80's. For two, it stars Henry Rollins ... as a ruthless killer. I love the Rollins. And I especially love any trailer that ends with him talking about dead fetuses floating in human excrement. Color me interested.



RETURN OF THE KILLER SHREWS

A TV reality show hires Captain Thorne Sherman and his boat to cargo supplies to the deserted offshore island they’re using as a filming location. Thorne would have refused the job because he’s been to that island before and still sees it in his nightmares. Unfortunately, as the boat departs, Thorne is too hungover to realize where they’re going, and his first mate Rook needs the money. So they sail — to a place Thorne Sherman never wanted to see again as long as he lived: the island of the Killer Shrews.

Ok so I know I created this weekly feature to weed out the crap trailers that hit the news sites every week and give you only the good ones, but some crap is just too craptacularly awesome to not share. If you're wondering, yes, this is in fact a sequel to the gloriously terrible 1959 movie The Killer Shrews, the one where real dogs were put in costumes to depict the titular Shrews. Though the dogs this time around have been replaced by horrible CGI, the makers of this one seem to know exactly what kind of movie they set out to make, that being a bad sequel to a bad 50's B-Movie, which could make this thing fun. As a fan of the Syfy brand of squeeze cheese, especially when it's self aware, I can't help but personally be excited about getting drunk with some friends and enjoying the hell out of this one.

2 comments:

Sarah Queen said...

I'm looking forward to the darkest hour because Emile Hirsh is an awesome actor and his films are usually equally as awesome. I read the hunger games books, so needless to say, i'm really excited about the film. I really think Jennifer lawrence will do a great job. Thanks for posting the trailers for don't go in the woods, and in the house of flies. The latter, really freaks me out!

bagman974 said...

LOL,I can't help but crack-up when reading about a sequel to "The Killer Shrews",only took a shade over half a century to come up with one,ha.I own the original on DVD,got it cheap,was surprised as two of it's stars became TV legends.The hero was played James "Roscoe P. Coltrane" Best of Dukes of Hazzard fame and the main henchman was played Ken "Festus" Curtis from the legendary western "Gunsmoke". Curtis also produced this wreck and another bomb from this era called "The Giant Gila Monster". Good actor,terrible producer,lol.