Here's a gaggle of trailers whose stories appear to be fueled by bad ideas. Not that they're necessarily bad movies, but the films are based around one or more characters making questionable decisions. It's bad idea week on Trailer Park.
Taking a ride home for the holidays from a potential stalker and then letting him take a detour down a little used road? Bad idea. Our two heroes find themselves stranded on a back road in the middle of a blizzard and hunted by malevolent ghosts. The trend of the modern torture/murder horror flick in the vein of Saw or Hostel seems to be ebbing a bit in favor of supernatural thrillers like this one that traffic in creep outs rather than gross outs. It looks pretty cool, and I'm hoping a bad idea for the characters turns into good news for moviegoers. Karina Longworth first mentioned this project her on Cinematical back in 2005.
28 Weeks Later
Return to London now that the military says the rage epidemic has been contained? Bad idea indeed, but I'm looking forward to this sequel to Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, the zombie film without zombies. The last of the infected have died off, life appears to be returning to normal and Londoners are being allowed back into parts of the city. If all was well, however, we wouldn't have much of a movie. A single carrier serves to reignite the crisis. None of the characters are returning from the original, but I don't think that's going to have a negative impact. This looks like a solid creep-fest. Here's Scott Weinberg's take on the trailer.
Luke Wilson and Kate Beckinsale play a couple whose car breaks down, forcing them to stay the night in a seedy motel. You guessed it: bad idea. The place has roaches big enough to take your head off, and the video tapes in the VCR show movies that appear to be snuff films that were shot in that very same room. Someone's travel agent is going to get an earful, but in the meantime our heroes must survive the night. Paranoid and claustrophobic, this looks like it has potential. Here's what Scott thought.
I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
Bad idea? This one has bad idea written all over it. Adam Sandler and King of Queens star Kevin James star in this dreadful looking comedy about two straight firefighters who pretend to be a married gay couple so they can receive medical benefits. I doubt I would sit through this if it were a half-hour sitcom (which it kind of feels like), and I definitely have no desire to see it at feature length. Sandler is obviously a good friend to his former SNL co-star Rob Schneider, as he is allowing Schneider yet another annoying cameo. I'll pass.
The combination of scares and British comedy in this one makes me think of Shaun of the Dead. The employees of a leading weapons manufacturer are sent on a company team building retreat into the wilderness of Eastern Europe. Sounds like fun, right? Bad idea. Someone has more than company morale in mind and wants to make sure no one comes back alive. The trick here is to make both the scares and laughs work without one diluting the other, and based on this preview I'm hopeful that director Christopher Smith can pull it off. Scott had good things to say about this trailer as well. Check out the preview for yourself:
And check out these trailers recently added to AOL Moviefone:
- Evan Almighty: Steve Carell takes over for Jim Carrey, makes a deal with God (Morgan Freeman), builds an Ark and gets his own TV show on Animal Planet. Or something like that.
Waitress - Trailer No. 1: Keri Russell stars as a small town waitress with a gift for pie-making and a troubled marriage.
- Redline - Trailer No. 2: Eddie Griffin and Nathan Phillips put the pedal to the metal in stunt coordinator-turned-director Andy Cheng's supercharged auto thriller.
- Day Watch - Trailer No. 1: Sequel to the Russian supernatural actioner Night Watch.
- Wind Chill - Trailer No. 1: A car breaks down on a lonely stretch of highway and two students find themselves targeted by malevolent ghosts.
- The Hunt - Trailer No. 1: An attempt to film an instructional hunting video turns into a fight for survival. Check out the trailer here:
- Severance - Trailer No. 1: A comedy thriller about a corporate retreat gone very wrong.
- Operation Homecoming - Trailer No. 1: A unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American troops in Iraq through their own words.
- Sing Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace - Trailer No. 1: Writer/director Bruce Leddy's ensemble comedy about a group of men who sang together in an a cappella group in college.
- Firehouse Dog - Trailer No. 1: A lost movie start dog makes a career change and becomes a firehouse dog.
- Diggers - Trailer No. 1:Two generations of clam-diggers work the land and struggle to make sense of the changes that threaten to forever change their simple way of life