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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For the past year IFC has bought up a lot of left-field, genre and oddball movies to distribute in the States. It started with Antichrist — not such a weird buy, given the prestige status of Lars von Trier — and then went to Valhalla Rising, Human Centipede (First Sequence) and Enter the Void, among many others.
Now IFC has spun off a genre label called IFC Midnight, which is a name that has been used by the company for a slate of on demand films in the past. It sounds similar to Magnolia’s offshoot Magnet, and will send all these films to video on demand, DVD and some theatrical releases. Read More »
The third day of the Film 4 Frightfest has come to a blood-soaked close and I’ve made it back safely to camp. From where I’m sitting now (slouched, in fact, and really quite exhausted from all of this sitting in the dark) this year’s Frightfest is already one of the two or three best yet, and Frightfest itself has bloomed into the single most exciting genre fest in the UK. Come along next August and join in, I could use some folks to lunch with.
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Calidude, this one’s for you. I may have been remiss in not sufficiently hyping The Horde‘s position on the Frightfest roster, but I can at least make it up to you by bringing you the trailer. Watch that embedded after the break but first, a little background.
This cops, robbers and zombies film is the debut of the writer and director team Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher, and was produced by Xavier Gens, director of Frontière(s) and Hitman. It tells the story of cops and mobsters teaming up when a wave of the undead come crashing in. And boy – what a wave it is. This trailer ends with some of the most zombie-saturated footage that I’ve ever seen. Huuuuuge numbers of the grabby, bitey things.
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I’ll admit, I don’t follow the foreign genre scene as much as I should, but hey, that’s why we have Devindra Hardawar. When I came across this photo for the french zombie film The Horde, I began to dig deeper.
Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher’s The Horde could probably be described as Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead meets Die Hard meets The Shield. Executive produced by Frontier(s) helmer Xavier Gens, the story follows four corrupt police officers who raid an abandoned tower looking for a group of gangsters who killed one of their colleagues. But when a zombie outbreak hits, the policemen must unite with the gangsters in order to survive from the hordes of oncoming undead.
Sounds pretty sweet if you ask me. The project is currently filming in Paris.
Update: The concept photo was reader submitted, but I have been since been told that it originated on Twitch.