I love a good horror flick, but it's rare that I can find five trailers with some kind of connection to horror worth talking about in a single week. Huzzah! This is just such a week. Take a look at these Tales to Horrify.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead
This light-hearted take on vampirism reminds me a little of Roman Polanski's The Fearless Vampire Killers, with the "theater of vampires" bit making me think of Interview With The Vampire. I gotta say this looks awesome. An unemployed actor played by Jake Hoffman (son of Dustin) lands a job directing a bizarre off-Broadway version of Hamlet. The play has actually been written by a Romanian vampire, and things get complicated when the lead actor suddenly becomes one of the undead as well. Ralph Macchio is in there too playing a mobster/vampire hunter and, according to Monika's post from a few months ago, Sean Lennon has written the score. This looks like a classy production all the way through.
Mirrors are everywhere, but there's still something inherently creepy about them. Kiefer Sutherland plays an ex-cop and some kind of malevolent force is using mirrors as a gateway into his home to threaten him and his family. There are some creepy moments here, but I'm not sure about this one. These days I see Sutherland and I can't get past his Jack Bauer character, and that kid in the trailer is trying way too hard to sound cute. This is also from the director of High Tension, which is not a score in the plus column for me. The trailer is pretty slight, so I'll have to see more. Here's what William thought.
Not a horror film, but the title and the fact that it's from Joss Whedon, the guy who gave us Buffy the Vampire Slayer, should get the attention of the horror crowd. Whedon wrote this during the writer's strike, and he will be presenting this musical online in three installments of about ten minutes each. The official description calls it "the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he's too shy to talk to." Neil Patrick Harris stars as the title character, with Nathan Fillion playing Dr. Horrible's arch nemesis Captain Hammer. The production values look good in an inexpensive kind of way, and I really want to see this. The official site is pretty sparse as of this writing, just a home page with Harris dressed like a mad scientist. The "official fansite," whatever that means, has more meat on its bones. Monika first posted about this one here.
Onscreen text describes how in 1989 there was an escape from a mental institution that resulted in several dead staff members. The escapee, known to her friends as Mary Hatchet was killed by police, but every year on the anniversary of the incident she returns to claim more victims, or so legend has it. The trailer starts off with some creepy imagery, but it soon becomes clear that this is a by-the-numbers teen body count horror movie. If Blood Night has anything to offer the genre that we haven't seen before, it's not evident here.
Yeah, I suppose you saw this one coming. Not a horror movie, but it's pretty damn horrifying nonetheless. Making fun of these godawful parody movies from Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer is like repeatedly punching one of the Brady Bunch kids in the face: sure it's fun, but eventually your arm gets tired. Friedberg and Seltzer really have it down to a formula now. As evidenced in the trailer, attempts at jokes are minimal, with the "humor" of a situation relying solely on the audience's recognition of the film being parodied. What has me confused is that this alleged parody of disaster movies appears to be spoofing recent super hero movies, Sex and the City and Juno, all in painfully unfunny ways, with the disaster movie angle being minimized. What's truly scary, though, is how much money their previous films have made (check out what Scott had to say on the subject).
New Trailers on AOL Moviefone:
- The Wackness- Fourth trailer for this coming of age story set in New York City in 1994 at the start of Mayor Giuliani's city-wide cleanup.
- Elegy- A college professor's (Ben Kingsley) life is changed by a love affair with a beautiful young student (Penelope Cruz). Here's the trailer:
- Mad Detective - In this Chinese action drama, a missing detective's gun is implicated in a recent series of crimes. Check it out:
- The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - Second trailer for the new Mummy flick starring Brendan Fraser and Jet Li.
- Mirrors - Kiefer Sutherland stars in this one about creepy things happening on the other side of the looking glass.
- Miracle at St. Anna' - Spike Lee's tale of black soldiers behind enemy lines in Italy during World War II.
- Frozen River - Driven to financial desperation, a woman takes a job smuggling illegal aliens across the Canadian border into rural upstate New York.