Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we are convinced the fetus inside of us is ordering us to kill, delight in some Andy Warhol sellers remorse, wonder at an environmentally friendly family drama, develop a bad drug habit, and marvel at some young kids who discover friendship and that one of them doesn’t have a heartbeat. Read More »

Prevenge

Weird cravings are such a common feature of pregnancy that they’ve become a hackneyed sitcom joke. For the most part, though, they’re of the “pickles and ice cream” variety — odd, but entirely harmless. That is decidedly not the case in Prevenge, the feature directing debut of Sightseers co-writer and co-star Alice Lowe. In this pitch-black comedy, mom and baby are out for blood.

Ruth (also Lowe) is seven months pregnant when she starts hearing strange messages from her unborn child. “Baby will tell you what to do,” coos a well-meaning professional, having no idea that the baby is encouraging Ruth to go on a killing spree. Prevenge looks messed up and nasty and kind hilarious, so long as your sense of humor runs pitch-black, and you can get your first taste of it below. Click through to check out the Prevenge trailer.  Read More »

Edgar Wright hasn’t directed a feature since 2010’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped bringing us films over the past couple of years. He exec produced last year’s Attack the Block, which proved to be one of the most enjoyable gems from last year’s crop of summer entertainments. Now he’s followed up by executive producing another promising picture, from Kill List director Ben Wheatley.

The new trailer for Sightseers starts out looking like a run-of-the-mill road trip dramedy, as a sweet, ordinary couple (Steve Oram and Alice Lowe) sets out to explore the English countryside. After the pair have a chance encounter with an irate local, however, the tone veers into something far darker — and funnier. Watch the video after the jump.

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Ben Wheatley‘s second film, Kill List, is becoming quite a conversation piece as it makes the rounds of a couple festivals. The film is described as a blend of domestic drama, hired-killer thriller and mystical horror that works in a surprising and sometimes very visceral manner. (Check out trailers here and here.) The director (who also did Down Terrace) is using the Kill List momentum to set up a few other projects. One of them, Sightseers, is a dark comedy that will be exec produced by Edgar Wright. Read More »