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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In this edition of Sequel Bits, it is once again hip to be square. As well as to be mutated, undead, and/or cyborgian. After the jump:

  • Yes, Jennifer Lawrence wants to do X-Men: First Class 2
  • Bret Easton Ellis says Patrick Bateman would want to get it on with Chris Brown and Rihanna
  • [REC]3: Genesis gets a creepy new trailer
  • Producer Victor Kubicek talks Terminator Salvation, wishes the Terminator 5 folks good luck

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Halloween 3D gets cut and Beverly Hills Ninja 2 gets sued, but on a happier note, Joss Whedon has some really good ideas for a theoretical The Avengers 2. After the jump:

  • Andrew Stanton and Michael Chabon are working on John Carter 2
  • Defying tradition, Joss Whedon wants to go smaller for Avengers 2
  • Speaking of which, John Slattery would not mind doing Avengers 2
  • Beverly Hills Ninja 2 gets slammed with another lawsuit
  • Dimension Films cuts Halloween 3D from the 2012 calendar
  • [REC]3 Genesis clips hit the web

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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?

Read More »

Of all the newish horror franchises that have been released in the past decade or so – Paranormal Activity, Saw, Hatchet, etc. – one that often gets overlooked is [REC]. The terrifying Spanish horror films actually give the found footage concept a grounding in reality as a news crew is stuck inside a building that houses a terrible zombie outbreak. In the good sequel, helmet cameras on an elite squad of special forces agents called in to take care of the outbreak in the first film capture the terror. And while those first two films relegated the action to a single location, [REC] 3: Genesis takes the film to the chapel. And it’s going to get married.

It’s a pretty big spoiler for the second film to say more than that so you have two options. The first one is go watch [REC] and [REC] 2 right now. The second is, if you’ve seen them, hit the jump to see the crazy awesome teaser trailer for [REC] 3: Genesis. Read More »

While it’s easy to look at the past through rose-colored glasses (or bloody ones, in this case) and think that there have been many great horror film anthologies, that’s just not the case. There are certainly a lot of horror anthology films, but few amount to much. I’m hoping that Paris, I’ll Kill You, a horror riff on Paris, je t’aime, will be the exception.

This project boasts a hell of a directorial lineup: Joe Dante (Gremlins), Xavier Gens (Frontiere(s), Hitman), Joern Heitmann (Tokio Hotel), Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo (Inside), Ryuhei Kitamura (Versus, Midnight Meat Train), Vincenzo Natali (Splice), Paco Plaza ([REC], [REC] 2) and Christopher Smith (Severance, Triangle). I can’t imagine any genre film fan not anticipating this at least a bit with that set of filmmakers corralled into one space. Read More »

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