I agree that last week's Trailer Park featured a less-than-exciting crop of trailers, but the voter turnout in the poll was dreadful. Did Labor Day activities keep you all away from choosing a favorite? Seriously, last week's winner, the Russian-dubbed trailer for 13 came on top with only 9 votes, which edged it out over second choice, Hobo with a Shotgun (8 votes) and Kings of Pastry (7 votes).
Hopefully the ten trailers I've rounded up this week will be of more interest to you. Thanks to the release of Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D, the bulk of new film ads involve either post-apocalyptic worlds or zombies or at least some kind of horror element -- and sure, I'll count Gwyneth Paltrow singing country music (in Country Strong) as pretty horrific. Even the latest from Clint Eastwood, Hereafter, deals with a psychic (Matt Damon) who can talk to the dead, and a woman (Cecile de France) who had died and come back. And my number one pick for the week is for a documentary about wind power (Windfall) being teased as a kind of horror film.
British thriller The Last Seven looks most appropriate for attachment to RE:A3D screenings, in fact it kind of looks just like the video game adaptation sequel -- and 28 Days Later, because of the setting -- minus the zombies, which makes it a lot less fun. But if it's undead you want, you'll have a laugh with the spot for Zombie Roadkill and probably a bit of a cry with the return of the trailer for Priest. One of the more exciting, however, is the Finnish Film Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, about the excavation of the real Santa Claus, who isn't quite as jolly as his legacy makes him out to be.
Check out my rankings and vote for your favorite trailer of the week after the jump.
1. Windfall [Teaser] - Is it a monster movie? An alien invasion movie? A horror movie? No, it's a documentary about the introduction of industrial wind turbines to a small town in upstate New York. This teaser for the film, which premiered this week at the Toronto Film Festival, is terrific in the way it leaves you with so little information. I'd kind of heard of the doc just because I'm into docs. But this finally had me really intrigued looking up what the film is about and seeking out reviews from TIFF. Also, here's a more traditional trailer now that you're interested. [iTunes]
2. Monsters [Trailer #2] - Sure, this makes the movie look like it has a lot more action and monsters on screen than it actually does, but I'm all fine with their baiting attempts because I do love this film, particularly because it doesn't really have a lot of action and monsters on screen. Don't be surprised, though, if we get more complaints a la The American. [Hulu]
3. Hereafter - Clint Eastwood's new drama looks pretty good for a sappy, Inarritu-style triptych dealing with death and tragedy, complete with a frightening re-creation of the 2004 tsunami. I wonder, though, if the trailer makes it seem as if Matt Damon's third is the primary story or if it just feels that way because he's the bigger star. [iTunes]
4. Megamind [Trailer #3] - Many people are complaining about how much is given away in this latest spot for DreamWorks Animation's next feature. I'm just annoyed because I had been led to believe Brad Pitt's superhero character dies early on. Come on, DWA, learn from Pixar that characters dying in the first act is the way to an Oscar. [iTunes]
5. Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale - "Have a peaceful Christmas. And a happy f*cking New Year." [Twitch]
6. Saw 3D [Trailer #2] - Taking a page from the marketing of both My Bloody Valentine 3D and The Final Destination 3D, this trailer attempts to show you what it will be like to watch this 3D installment of Saw. But it's never really like that, so it's just another false promise. I bet they don't lock you in your seat with spiked enclosures. William Castle would have, I bet. [Yahoo!]
7. Zombie Roadkill - This is why all roadkill should be taken home and barbecued. So they don't turn into zombies. At least that's what my Southern friends tell me. [Fearnet]
8. Priest - Still as bad as it was when we saw it bootlegged from Comic-Con. Again, I'll say, poor Paul Bettany, who deserves much, much better. [Crackle]
9. The Last Seven - As in, the last seven movies we saw with this premise were plenty, thanks. [YouTube]
10. Country Strong - Looks less like a female version of Crazy Heart than I expected, but not in a good way. And is it just me or does Gwyneth Paltrow not look at all like she's singing those song? The funny thing is, that is indeed her voice. [Moviefone]
Also seen this week on Cinematical: Uwe Boll's Auschwitz. And at Horror Squad: Eaters, The Wicker Tree, Captifs. And at SciFi Squad: 2001: Beyond the Infinite.