Howdy y’all! Welcome to the inaugural Trailer Roundup. I’m your host dealing with the existential fear that they’ll never be able to consume even a fraction of the pop culture they want to, Happiest! We’re so bombarded by content that it can be hard to keep track of all the movies, tv shows, and what have you thats coming out. Hopefully with this feature you’ll find all of the noteworthy trailers, teasers, or teasers of trailer that have come out in the last week.
First, starting out with the boob tube.
THE RAIN (SEASON 1)
Debuting a few days longer than a week ago, Netflixs The Rain seems interesting enough to be worthy of inclusion. The Danish The Rain is about, as Netflixs official description puts it:
“two Danish siblings emerge from the safety of their bunker six years after a brutal virus carried by the rain wipes out almost all humans in Scandinavia. After realizing all remnants of civilization are gone, they join a group of young survivors and together set out on a danger-filled quest through an abandoned Scandinavia, searching for any signs of life.
Set free from their collective past and societal rules, the group has the freedom to be who they want to be. In their struggle for survival, they discover that even in a post-apocalyptic world there’s still love, jealousy, and many of the coming of age dilemmas they thought they’d left behind with the disappearance of the world they once knew”
Foreign and Post-Apocalypse setting? Yay! Young adult and with a noted emphasis on coming of age dilemmas? Nay!
The Rain premieres on Netflix on May 4 2018
WESTWORLD (SEASON 2)
So hey, Westworld! Remember it? The most buzzed about remake of Theme Park enthusiast Michael Crichton’s novel and film of the same name hasn’t been on the air since 2016. The trailer is a bit too bland for my liking, but it at least confirms the existence of shogun world, and gives the sense that the status quo has definitely changed from the first season, with at least most of the hosts still openly hostile to the guests, leading to what looks like a strike team of park security to come in and clean things up.
Interestingly, the trailer had a secret second trailer embedded within. This one is quite sinister and enigmatic. Taking the form of a ad for Delos, the in universe company behind westworld, the trailer seems pretty normal until the sinister subtext of the ad becomes hella more blatant.
Westworld Season 2 premieres May 22 at 9PM on HBO.
And now, moving on to film…
“Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz…) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted when his sleazy friends arrive for an unannounced hunting trip. Tension mounts in the house until the situation abruptly––and viciously––intensifies, culminating in a shocking act that leaves Jen left for dead. Unfortunately for her assailants, Jen survives and reemerges with a relentless, wrathful intent: revenge.”
Do you want to watch Last House On The Left but (like 99 percent of the population) don’t want to feel gross and uncomfortable afterwards? (Because word of warning that movie is not worth revisiting.) Well then I have the film for you!
Directed by Coralie Fargeat, this feminist take on the revenge thriller seems fresh, exciting, and very, very bloody.
Revenge debuts in Theaters and On Demand May 11. Directed by Coralie Fargeat
“In the dark heart of a sprawling, anonymous city, TERMINAL follows the twisting tales of two assassins carrying out a sinister mission, a teacher battling a fatal illness, an enigmatic janitor and a curious waitress leading a dangerous double life. Murderous consequences unravel in the dead of night as their lives all intertwine at the hands of a mysterious criminal mastermind hell-bent on revenge.”
Of course, my Brazil and City Of Lost Children loving self instantly fell in love with this weird and surreal looking Neo Noir. The fact that the cast includes Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, and Mike Meyers(?) just sweetens the deal.
Terminal debuts in theaters on May 11. Directed by Vaughn Stein.
“First Reformed stars Ethan Hawke as an ex-military chaplain, who is tortured by the death of his son he encouraged to enlist in the armed forces. His faith is further challenged after a young woman (Amanda Seyfried) and her radical environmentalist husband come to him for counseling.”
Already getting buzz by hitting the festival circuit last year, this A24 thriller is worth checking out simply due to the man behind it. You may not know Paul Schraders name, but you know his work. This guy is Martin Scorsese’s main screenwriter, having written four of his films, including Taxi Driver and Raging Bull. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention he was also the auteur behind the 80s horror classic, Cat People.
Remember that one? Where people were turning into cats? Or maybe cats were turning into people? God… what a film.
First Reformed hits theaters May 18. Directed by Paul Schrader
DAPHNE AND VELMA
Here’s something I didn’t know was happening until around ten minutes ago. Coming out in less than 2 months. The first trailer for Daphne and Velma seems a bit late until you realize it’s direct to dvd. With Sarah Jeffery and Sarah Gilman as Daphne and Velma, the film at least gets points for pairing the only woman on the scooby cast together, and I’m always a fan of cheesy live action adaptations of cartoons. With the direct to blu ray release and muted buzz, it seems like Warner Bros is trying to bury it though.
Daphne and Velma comes out on May 22 through Warner Bros (DVD, BluRay, and Digital)
THE DARKEST MINDS
When teens mysteriously develop powerful new abilities, they are declared a threat by the government and detained. Sixteen-year-old Ruby, one of the most powerful young people anyone has encountered, escapes her camp and joins a group of runaway teens seeking safe haven. Soon this newfound family realizes that, in a world in which the adults in power have betrayed them, running is not enough and they must wage a resistance, using their collective power to take back control of their future.
With a woman of color as the lead, and the director of Kung Fu Panda 2 and 3(I trust you folks enough to assume I don’t need to explain why this makes her great), The Darkest Minds may be the first YA book adaption actually worth seeing since Hunger Games.
The Darkest Minds premieres in theaters on August 3. Directed by Jennifer Yuh Nelson
THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALL
“In the tradition of Amblin classics where fantastical events occur in the most unexpected places, Jack Black and two-time Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett star in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, from Amblin Entertainment. The magical adventure tells the spine-tingling tale of 10-year-old Lewis (Owen Vaccaro) who goes to live with his uncle in a creaky old house with a mysterious tick-tocking heart. But his new town’s sleepy façade jolts to life with a secret world of warlocks and witches when Lewis accidentally awakens the dead.
“Based on the beloved children’s classic written by John Bellairs and illustrated by Edward Gorey, The House with a Clock in Its Walls is directed by master frightener Eli Roth and written by Eric Kripke”
Well this looks fantastic! A adaptation of a gothic children’s classic that seems to know exactly the right tone to strike to honor it’s source material. This looks great!
Wait, what’s that in the description?
“Directed by master frightener Eli Roth”
… If there was ever a time to bring back the much beloved hollywood tradition of “Alan Smithee-ing”, it would be now.
The House with a Clock in Its Walls will be in Theaters September 21. Directed By Eli Roth
And that’s it for this week! See any other teasers I’ve missed? Feedback on this feature? Got any Velma/Daphne fanfiction you want to share? Let me know in the comments!