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’re still tryin’ to make it Hollywood, become too smart for our own good, see faith in humanity restored inside Pakistan, and consider the beliefs of those we collectively call “crazy”.
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Joe Swanberg‘s new film Drinking Buddies is his most traditionally polished effort, but it still has the raw emotional intensity of his best ultra low budget work. The film features a great quartet: Anna Kendrick, Jake Johnson, Ron Livingston, and Olivia Wilde. The four actors play two committed couples, but lines between them are starting to blur as dissatisfaction with each is complicated by the friendship between Wilde and Johnson’s characters.
This first trailer seems like it gives away a lot, but this is really just a quick sketch of the plot. It hints at some of the most awkward moments between characters without getting into precisely what complications await as everyone tries to figure out what they really want. This is a movie that is frank about the difficulties of maintaining a relationship after the first blush of attraction fades, and while it isn’t always easy, there’s great stuff within, and Wilde’s performance should be appreciated as one of the best she’s given. Read More »
Almost two years ago, Toronto Film Festival and Fantastic Fest audiences made a lot of noise about the bloody home-invasion thriller You’re Next. Now everyone gets to see what those few people were talking about.
Director Adam Wingard (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S) and screenwriter Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die) have come up with a great spin on the hoary old home invasion movie, and populated it with a cast that is ready get dirty and bloody. Indie and genre faves (Sharni Vinson, AJ Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz) and filmmakers (Joe Swanberg, Ti West) play members of a large family who come together for a celebration dinner at a relatively remote home in the country. The clan quickly finds that it has been targeted by masked assailants who have staked out the house with very violent intent.
A great use of Lou Reed’s song ‘Perfect Day’ helps this trailer establish and then build tension. By the end you might be as impatient for the August release of You’re Next as the film’s creators must be. Read More »
In 2011, one of the hits of TIFF and Fantastic Fest was Adam Wingard‘s home invasion thriller You’re Next. The film drew raves at just a couple of festival screenings and was snapped up by LionsGate. But rather than releasing the film quickly, the studio held on to it for a while. After appearing once at Fantastic Fest in September 2011, the film was dormant until just over a week ago, when it played at SXSW.
Now You’re Next has a release set for August 23 this year, and we’ve got the first wave of new promo materials for the film. The movie is built around a family reunion at a semi-remote mansion, and observes as a group of masked intruders attacks the family with murderous intent. The opening promo salvo is a set of teaser posters that show off the masks, and that give a sense of the dire atmosphere that pervades much of the film. Read More »
Horror movies are a dime a dozen. Good ones are much more valuable, and a good one just hit VOD today. It’s called V/H/S, and is an anthology film featuring creepy, gory segments from filmmakers Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Glenn McQuaid (I Sell The Dead), Radio Silence, David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs)and Ti West (The Innkeepers).
The premise is simple. A group of criminals are hired to break into a house and steal a secret VHS tape. Not knowing which specific tape is their target, they pop in several and are subjected to some seriously scary shit. Peter and I saw the film at Sundance, loved it, and now you can enjoy it on demand. Or, if you prefer, wait until it hits theaters October 5.
Either way, after the jump, we have an awesome 5-minute featurette on the making of the film. Read More »
The horror anthology film V/H/S teams up a good handful of film talents: Radio Silence, Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), Simon Barrett(You’re Next, Dead Birds), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), with each of the group contributing a creepy low-fi horror story to the collection.
We’ve seen one red-band trailer for the film, which showed off a good bit of violence, but now there is a more tame green-band trailer. It’s still edges towards the intense side of the trailer tone spectrum, but it probably won’t get you fired if you sneak a look at work. Read More »
The horror anthology is making a comeback, and at Sundance this year a five-story film called V/H/S scared the crap out of many viewers. (Including Peter.) Combining the talents of of Adam Wingard (You’re Next, A Horrible Way to Die), Simon Barrett (You’re Next, Dead Birds), Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers), David Bruckner (The Signal), Joe Swanberg (Silver Bullets), and Glenn McQuaid (I Sell the Dead), V/H/S uses a wraparound story to frame several low-fi tales of horror.
Now a red-band trailer has been released, and it gives a great impression of what festival audiences have been seeing for the past few months. There’s some weird stuff in here.
This is a real red-band trailer, with blood, language and nudity, and probably what people who’ve seen the film would call spoilers as well. But not having seen V/H/S, it’s difficult to put all these images into context, and it doesn’t feel like it is showing too much. Read More »
V/H/S is the return of the horror anthology film. The subgenre used to be a very regular thing during the 1970’s and 1980’s thanks to films like Tales from the Darkside, Creepshow and Dead of Night, but has dropped out of the mainstream in recent years. (Michael Dougherty’s Trick ‘r Treat being the latest anthology of note.) BloodyDisgusting head Brad Miska came up with a novel way to bring back the anthology concept — mashing it with the found footage subgenre. (Paranormal Activity, Cloverfield, etc.)
This might sound questionable on paper, but the result is genius.
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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: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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Can’t make it to Utah this month for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival? Here are your options. One – keep it locked right here to Slashfilm.com because myself, Peter Sciretta and David Chen will be on the scene reporting daily. Two – head to one of the cities that’s hosting a Sundance Film Festival USA screening. Or three – just click the On Demand button on your remote and join in to the Direct from the Sundance Film Festival initiative. Five specially selected films – four world premieres and one U.S. premiere – that will be playing at the festival will be available for a limited time on demand in on most major cable systems.
They are Mad Bastards, directed by Brendan Fletcher, Septien, directed by Michael Tully, These Amazing Shadows, directed by Kurt Norton, Uncle Kent, directed by Joe Swanberg and Kaboom, directed by Gregg Araki. Read full descriptions of each film and see stills after the jump. Read More »