Last week's big winner at the box office was Rob Zombie's Halloween, so horror flicks are definitely on my mind. It's Scary Stuff week on Trailer Park.
While this is definitely an old school style horror flick, it's not a remake. In fact the poster proudly proclaims "It's not a remake. It's not a sequel. And it's definitely not based on a Japanese one." If it weren't for the modern production values, you could imagine this one playing drive-in theaters back in the early 80's. A child narrates, telling the story of Victor Crowley, a deformed boy who died in a fire set by a nasty bunch of kids. Now people are disappearing in the local woods, and it looks like Victor is the one doing them in. Kane Hodder, who wore the iconic goalie mask in three of the Friday the 13th films, stars as Victor Crowley, and horror vets Robert Englund and Tony Todd are in there too, as is Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Mercedes McNab. Looks like a decent modern take on the classic slasher formula, with an eye toward casting that will keep horror buffs happy. The movie opens today but only in 78 theaters, so if this movie does manage to find an audience it will be on DVD. Additionally, you can check out Scott's interview with Hatchet director Adam Green.
Like the trailer says, "If it's Halloween, it must be Saw." The franchise rears its gore-spattered head every Halloween with a new installment, with each film raking in some serious cash, so don't expect the trend to end anytime soon. Are there really four of these things now? The teaser trailer shows some brief snippets of the film being projected on what looks like a grimy warehouse wall, with shrieks of agony and people begging for mercy in the background. More of the same, so if you liked the previous installments you'll probably enjoy this one. Have a look for yourself:
Yes, I know, Death Proof is so five months ago, but the fifth movie by Quentin Tarantino will finally hit theaters in The United Kingdom later this month -- flying solo and without the Grindhouse banner -- and there's a really cool new International trailer out. The preview is set to the song "Hold Tight" by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, which of course plays during a pivotal point in the movie, and we get to see some of the lap dance that was lost to a missing reel in the Grindhouse cut of the film. Death Proof is of course the tale of Stuntman Mike (Kurt Russell) -- a ladykiller in every sense of the word -- and the two groups of women unlucky enough to cross his path. The film also hits DVD on September 18 here in the States, sadly without being paired with Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror, but this trailer has me jazzed to see the longer cut of the film. Not exactly a scary film, but plenty of thrills.
One Missed Call
This one reeks of deja vu. Not only is this a remake of a 2003 Japanese horror flick called Chakusin Ari, but it kind of looks like The Ring substituting cell phones for the haunted VHS tape. People are getting voice mail messages on their cells that foretell their deaths. This time, though, the calls are coming from the victims' future selves. I thought the whole J-Horror remake bandwagon had already moved on, but apparently not. What seems even weirder is that actress Azura Skye is playing a girl who has received a premonition of her own death, which is exactly what she did on an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. That's some pretty narrow typecasting. I haven't seen the original, but I'm game for giving this one a look. Here's Monika's take on the trailer.
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
"In space no one can hear you scream. On earth it won't matter," or so we are told in the trailer for the new Aliens vs. Predator smackdown. That was my problem with both the previous flick and this new one. In space or on some distant planet in the far-off future, the aliens are a dark, ruthless, and mysterious force. On earth in a contemporary setting they don't work for me, and frankly I've always been lukewarm toward the Predators. That said, this red band trailer serves up quite a bit of action and plenty of gore, so I'm feeling a bit torn. If I do see this one, I'm thinking it will be on video. Here's Christopher Campbell's take on it.
And don't forget the new trailers on AOL Moviefone:
- The Dark Knight - Christian Bale returns in this sequel to Batman Begins. Scope out the preview right here:
- The Rocket: The Maurice Richard Story
- O' Jerusalem - A historical drama about the creation of Israel as seen by two friends, one Jewish and one Arab.
- Moving McAllister - A young law student meets a string of unforgettable characters when he agrees to movie his boss's niece cross-country.