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 run a spectacular horror gauntlet with an anthology directed by eight NSFW Mexican filmmakers, get thrown back to the 80’s for a little infidelity and a coming of age story, get back in touch with a remarkable album by Natalie Merchant, try and make sense of sound, and get to know the softer side of Iran.

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A few people pointed me to the trailer for Dario Argento‘s Dracula 3D this morning, and when I finally got around to watching it I was overcome with that mixture of mirth and sadness that is specific to watching a director really tumble downhill. Dario Argento has made movies that I truly love (Suspiria, Cat O’Nine Tails, and others) but in his later years hasn’t been able to deliver a picture that even counts as a pale shadow of his best work.

Now he is in post-production on Dracula 3D, a film that seems to do exactly what the title implies, only with some of the most flat and lifeless filmmaking I’ve seen since the heyday of Full Moon Entertainment. The effects in this trailer — a trailer which is meant to find distribution, not an audience — are unfinished, and that’s fine. I don’t mind the fact that the giant praying mantis is crudely rendered at this point. On the other hand, what is a giant praying mantis doing in a Dracula movie? Ahem.

Check it out below. NSFW due to a couple shots of a naked woman. And also due to general sadness. Read More »


The Argento family is having a busy week. From the Cannes marketplace, there is news that Dario Argento will make a new, ‘faithful’ take on Dracula, in 3D. And then his daughter Asia Argento, who had sworn off screenwriting after The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, is back with a new film called A Hunting Gun, which she is writing with husband Michele Civetta and Japanese author Yasushi Inoue. Read More »