Magnolia Pictures/Magnet have released the first movie trailer for Gareth Edwards’ new low budget monster movie Monsters which takes a very District 9 approach to film marketing.
Since screening the film at Cannes, we’ve been hyping the movie (read my mini review here). We called it Lost in Translation in a world infested by monsters.The movie trailer definitely tries to sell the movie as more of a sci-fi thriller and less of the character piece that it really is. Watch it now, embedded after the jump.
Hollywood is already going nuts over the filmmaker, who supposedly made the film for a fraction of a million dollars (maybe even as little as $15,000), and some are touting him as the next Neill Blomkamp. We’ve posted a featurette showing how director Gareth Edwards was able to achieve what he did with Monsters on such a low budget, and we’ve even posted a video showing you how Edwards produced the 250 high definition resolution effects shots by himself in in his bedroom for the 2008 one hour BBC drama Attila the Hun.
Magnolia Pictures’ genre arm Magnet will release the movie in New York and Los Angeles on October 29th 2010.
Written & directed by Gareth Edwards
Starring Scoot McNairy (“In Search Of A Midnight Kiss”) and Whitney Able (“All The Boys Love Mandy Lane”)
The breakout hit of this years SXSW, Gareth Edwards’ groundbreaking new film is as much a poignant contemporary romance as it is an epic science fiction adventure. Shot with just a five person crew and a cast of two, Gareth Edwards’ team traveled through Guatemala, Belize and Mexico, finding and utilizing their locations and supporting actors as they went. The result is a film as cutting edge as it is classically composed, as emotionally satisfying as it is visually stunning, and the bold announcement of a major new talent.
Six years ago NASA discovered the possibility of alien life within our solar system. A probe was launched to collect samples, but crashed upon re-entry over Central America. Soon after, new life forms began to appear and grow. In an effort to stem the destruction that resulted, half of Mexico was quarantined as an INFECTED ZONE. Today, the American and Mexican military still struggle to contain the massive creatures… Our story begins when a jaded US journalist (McNairy) begrudgingly agrees to find his bosses daughter, a shaken American tourist (Able) and escort her through the infected zone to the safety of the US border.