The trailers for Storage 24 get better each time. The one released earlier this month was a vast improvement over the generic-looking one we got this summer, and now a red-band version has come along to further up the ante through the power of blood and gore.

The Brit horror flick centers around four attractive young people (Noel Clarke, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Colin O’Donoghue, and Laura Haddock) stuck in a storage facility when a military plane crash wreaks havoc on the city’s systems. What starts as a minor annoyance becomes a life-or-death situation, however, when they realize that a nasty alien creature is trapped inside with them. Watch the NSFW trailer after the jump.

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Need a break from the year-end onslaught of prestigious Oscar dramas? Magnet Releasing may have just the genre palate cleanser for you. Directed by Johannes RobertsStorage 24 follows four Londoners (Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Colin O’Donoghue, Laura Haddock, and Doctor Who‘s Noel Clarke) who get trapped in a storage facility when a military plane crash shuts down the city’s power. Problem is, they’re not the only ones caught inside. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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As usual, this summer season looks to be stuffed with massively hyped, massively budgeted blockbusters, from May’s The Avengers to August’s The Expendables 2. Whenever you tire of glossy, expensive explosions in IMAX 3D, however — and at some point you will — there are plenty of other smaller movies on the calendar that could be worth a look.

After the jump, we have trailers for Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy‘s Victorian-era sex comedy (yes, really) Hysteria, Noel Clarke’s sci-fi thriller Storage 24, and the latest installment of Fox’s kid-friendly Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, Dog Days. Watch after the jump.

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‘The Rite’ Trailer #2

The Rite is based on ‘s nonfiction book : The Making of a Modern Exorcist, but the film, directed by Mikael Hafstrom and starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciaran Hinds, and Toby Jones, looks like it has taken a few liberties with the text. I hope not too many, because the idea of a young seminary student (O’Donoghue) learning a thing or two about exorcism from an odd older priest (Hopkins) has some promise.

We’ve seen one trailer already; now there’s a second, which gives up a bit more story and a few more thrills. Read More »

Since Anthony Hopkins was first cast in Mikael Hafstroem‘s film The Rite earlier this year, I’ve wondered what kind of film it might end up being. The script is based on Matt Baglio‘s book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, which seeks to delve into the real-world practice of exorcism. I was afraid the film would be to the book what Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow was to Wade Davis’ excellent ethnographic book of the same name. That is: a crappy, lurid and not terribly effective gloss on the material.

There’s now a trailer for The Rite, and what we see here looks to be somewhere in the middle of ‘faithful’ and ‘lurid,’ if perhaps skewed towards the lurid side. Read More »

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I’m pretty curious about the Anthony Hopkins film The Rite, which is based upon the book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, by Matt Baglio. The book is about the real-world practice of exorcism, and the Michael Petroni script is said to be faithful to it. Hopkins will play “a priest who is an expert in exorcisms and whose methods are not necessarily traditional.”

Now Colin O’Donoghue (The Tudors) is likely to play the seminary student who is tutored by Hopkins in the rites, and finds spiritual growth in the process. Solid casting there; Mikael Hafstrom directs.[Variety]

After the break, news on The Tourist and the Anna Faris comedy What’s Your Number?
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