If one had to design a film to occupy the middle ground between The Orphanage and The Woman in Black (or between The Others and The Devil’s Backbone) it might be The Awakening, in which Rebecca Hall plays a woman in ’20s England  who is called to a boys boarding school to debunk the notion that a ghost roams the halls. A teacher played by McNulty, er, Dominic West helps bring her into the school, and Hall encounters a bit more than she was expecting.

The film was announced in 2010 and premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year; now a new trailer heralds a full release of the film late this summer. (There was another trailer last year.) It’s a pretty good trailer, too, full of restrained gothic unease and a few out and out chills. See for yourself below. Read More »

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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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Teaser Poster: The Awakening

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Yesterday it was announced at Cannes that Rebecca Hall (Frost/Nixon) and Dominic West (The Wire) have signed on to star in new supernatural thriller titled The Awakening. Today at the festival I came across a promotional teaser poster for the film, which will begin shooting in June. Check out the full teaser poster now, after the jump.

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