I've been told more than once that I have a passion for the bizarre. The subject usually comes up when someone asks about the life-size statue of Anson Williams in my living room, or why my rottweiler is wearing a French maid costume (it's only when he's vacuuming). Donnie Darko and the films of David Lynch are great for many reasons, but I love the fact that they're so unabashedly weird. They wear their weirdness like a red badge of -- well, weirdness. None of the trailers in today's Trailer Park are quite that odd, but each has a quality that puts it about half a bubble off center.
Reno 911: Miami
I know what you're thinking. What's so weird about Reno 911? Isn't that the Cops parody show from Comedy Central? True enough, but if you've ever seen Thomas Lennon as Lieutenant Jim Dangle wearing those horrifically tiny shorts, you wouldn't be asking "what's weird about this one?" If you like the series -- and I think it can be hilarious at times -- I imagine you'll like the film as well. The incompetent members of the Reno Nevada Sheriff's department are invited to a police convention in Miami Beach. When a biological threat quarantines the entire Miami Beach Police Department, our heroes (such as they are) are pressed into service. Amping up the weird quotient is the fact that there's an option to view the trailer with audio commentary from the cast, speaking in character. Martha Fischer first mentioned this film here on Cinematical about a year ago. The film opens February 23.
I suppose it speaks well of Alfred Hitchcock's talent that his films are still being ripped off so long after his death. Sean Patrick Flannery of Boondock Saints fame plays a small town sheriff with only one day left on the job when his town comes under attack by a conspiracy of ravens (not to be confused, mind you, with a murder of crows). Much pecking and gouging ensue. Seagulls they ain't, but this still plays a lot like The Birds. Strictly B-movie fair, the trailer has a dark creepy look to it, and I suspect this will go straight to DVD.
OK, even if this movie totally sucks (I hope it doesn't, but even if it does) I'm happy just watching the trailer. "There are 40 million sheep in New Zealand....and they're pissed off!" Mutant killer sheep. Yes, you read that correctly. Black Sheep takes the standard zombie movie formula, removes the zombie, and inserts a flock of genetically altered flesh-eating sheep. Genius. There's a definite hint of Shaun of the Dead at work here, with the film also playing off the historical precedent of at least two other New Zealand horror comedies: Peter Jackson's Bad Taste and Dead Alive. Someone mentioned on IMDB that this would make a fine companion piece for Night of the Lepus, the second or third greatest killer bunny rabbit movie ever made. Cinematical's own Scott Weinberg has seen the trailer and the actual film, and had some interesting things to say about both.
Black Snake Moan
Samuel L. Jackson keeps a young half-naked woman chained to his couch. Weird? You betcha, bub. Jackson plays a God-fearing bluesman who finds hard-partying white trash girl Christina Ricci beaten and unconscious on his doorstep. Determined to cure her of her wicked ways, Jackson's character keeps her chained up until he feels she's learned a lesson. Like the highly anticipated Grindhouse, this new film from the director of Hustle and Flow, has a distinct air of 70's exploitation about it. I can imagine seeing this trailer at a drive-in back in '76 or so. For another opinion on this trailer, here's what Jessica Barnes had to say.
No, that title is not a typo; that's the original Swedish spelling of the title. The trailer is presented with English subtitles, and I hope nobody decides this will play better in the States if it's dubbed into English. Vampires are terrorizing a Swedish town where the sun won't rise for another month. Bummer. The plot sounds pretty similar to the upcoming Sam Raimi produced 30 Days of Night, but the trailer looks cool with plenty of vampire action and some cool effects. This is supposedly a horror comedy, but you certainly couldn't tell that from this preview, which presents it like a straight horror flick. The film played at Fantastic Fest and the U.S. release date is October of 2007.