Trailer Trash Feature: 17th – 30th March

(Bi-weekly feature written for Lost In The Multiplex)

You probably heard that the latest Prometheus trailer was released over the last two weeks, causing a lot of hype for fans of Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien franchise, but that wasn’t the only highly anticipated film to get a new promo video. This week we also look at the latest trailer for Snow White And The Huntsman, a number of first trailers for films including Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2, Cosmopolis, and House At The End Of The Street, and also a handful of films that have recently made their debuts at a number of film festivals over the past couple of months. You’re sure in for a treat.

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Prometheus

As previously mentioned, the trailer that everybody was talking about this past fortnight was for Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, Prometheus. Starring the likes of Michael Fassbender (Shame), Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows), Charlize Theron (Young Adult) and Idris Elba (TV’s Luther), the film follows a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Set to be released on 1st June, the new trailer is just fantastic. If you weren’t already looking forward to this film then you will be after seeing this new footage that leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions to look forward to unravelling.

Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2

Another big released was the first teaser trailer for the final instalment to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. Unfortunately, because it is only a trailer it only has time to impress those already a fan of the target, and has no chance of pulling in the Twi-haters at last minute, not that it needs to. Whilst the final few chapters of Stephenie Meyer’s novel that the film is adapted from centres on a final and epic vampire war, the new trailer only shows Bella getting used to her new vampire self, as Edward rejoices that they are now the same temperature. Again, not really doing anything in the way of promoting the film, let’s hope the full trailer, which I’m sure will be released in time to talk about it in my next feature, will offer something better. Starring the usual trio of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, with bigger appearances in this instalment to come from Dakota Fanning and Michael Sheen, the film is set to be released on 16th November.

Snow White And The Huntsman

Again starring Twilight’s Kristen Stewart in the lead role, a brilliant new trailer has been released for Rupert SandersSnow White and the Huntsman. Showing the darkest side to the film yet, the new trailer shows off a lot of new footage, contrasting scenes of war, monstrous creatures and the magical depths of the forest. A dark twist on the classic fairytale, Snow White And The Seven Dwarves, the film follows a Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who is ordered to take Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into the woods to kill her, but who winds up becoming her protector in a quest to defeat the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron). The trailer puts a better focus on Stewart’s Snow White character here, as previous clips haven’t given enough to make a judgment on her portrayal of the beautiful princess as of yet, whilst also showing more footage of Theron’s evil Queen, which we don’t need any encouragement for. Set to be released on June 1st, the film also stars Sam Claflin, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, and Lily Cole.

Cosmopolis

And starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson in the lead role is David Cronenberg’s hard-hitting drama Cosmopolis, which follows millionaire Eric Packer who is on a trek across Manhattan. Based on Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name, the film is followed up with the tag line “How far can he go before he goes too far?” From the looks of this first – French – trailer, it looks as if he will go very far indeed. Containing scenes of self-harm with a gun, sex, weird creatures, knife violence, and, well, even more sex, the new trailer fits a lot of powerful footage into the mere 30 seconds that it goes on for. It’s undeniably a very different angle for the Twilight star as he takes the lead role here, so what do we think? Also starring Samantha Morton and Jay Baruchel, the film is set to be released sometime this year. You can see the new trailer below, but please be warned that it is not safe for work as it does contain a lot of sex and violence.

The Host

Just one more to tie in with The Twilight Saga theme that seems to be going on here is the first trailer for another adaptation of one of Stephenie Meyer’s novels, which is for the sci-fi thriller, The Host. With Saoirse Ronan leading the cast, the film introduces an alien race called the Souls, who take over the Earth and its inhabitants by inserting themselves into a human body. One Soul, who is fused with a woman named Melanie Stryder, becomes overwhelmed by the vividness of human memories and emotions and begins to lose control over its possession over her body. The soul, who renames herself as Wanda, chooses to seek out human contact instead of following her race’s master plan. The trailer, unfortunately, is pretty terrible, and doesn’t really do anything to start pulling in an audience. Also starring Jake Abel, Max Irons, William Hurt, Diane Kruger and Chandler Canterbury, the film is set to be released on 29th March, 2013. Hopefully by then they’ll be a better trailer.

House at the End of the Street

With the release of The Hunger Games last week, Jennifer Lawrence’s latest film, House At The End Of The Street, also has a new trailer. Directed by Mark Tonderai and written by director Jonathan Mostow, the film is a twist on the familiar horror story of a family who move into a house and things start to go badly wrong. In this case, it turns out that he house next door was the scene of a brutal murder, where a young girl murdered her parents, where the only survivor still resides. Part thriller, the film seems to be very similar to that of Jim Sheridan’s Dream House which starred Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz and released last year. The new trailer doesn’t give too many clues in terms of plot, as the footage is fairly confusing as to what is going on and why. But it looks quite exciting nonetheless. Set to be released on 21st September in the US, the film is yet to have a release date over here in the UK.

People Like Us

Alex Kurtzman’s feature directorial debut, comedy-drama People Like Us, has a new trailer too. Inspired by true events, the film follows a twenty-something salesman who is forced to put his recently deceased father’s estate in order, and to reconnect with his estranged family. Recently titled Welcome to People, the film is headed up by Chris Pine (This Means War) and Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) in the leads, with supporting roles by Olivia Wilde, Jon Favreau, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Philip Baker Hall. Set to be released in the US on 29th June, no release date has been scheduled for the UK yet.

Safety Not Guaranteed

Another trailer for a feature directorial debut is for Colin Trevorrow’s Safety Not Guaranteed, one of the fourteen films selected to come to Sundance London at the end of next month after debuting at the US Sundance earlier this year. From a script by Derek Connolly, the film follows a group of investigative journalists who are looking into an advertisement stating, “Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.” Starring Aubrey Plaza (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Mark Duplass (co-director of Jeff, Who Lives At Home), Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), and Kristen Bell (Heroes), the new trailer looks great and, currently without a release date in the UK, is sure to get a good reception at Sundance. Set to be released in US theatres on 8th June, let’s hope we get to see this sometime around then too.

Free Samples

Making its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival next month, we also have a new trailer for indie comedy-drama Free Samples. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Jess Weixler and Jason Ritter, the film follows Jillian (Weixler) who, having a bad day, is asked to spend the day parked in an ice cream truck doling out samples. To make that sound more appealing you should watch the new trailer as it does actually look like a great quirky comedy that is headed up by a decent cast. Directed by Jay Gammill as his feature directorial debut and written from a script by Jim Beggarly, there’s no release date for this film at all yet.

Sound Of My Voice

Sundance favourite, Sound Of My Voice, is also yet to have a release date for the UK but the new trailer is sure to attract a 2012 release over here too. Co-written and directed by Zal Batmanglij, who is again making his feature debut, the film follows Peter (Christopher Denham) and Lorna (Nicole Vicius), a couple and documentary filmmaking team who infiltrate a mysterious group led by an enigmatic young woman named Maggie (Brit Marling). Intent on exposing her as a charlatan and freeing the followers from her grip, Peter and Lorna start to question their objective and each other as they unravel the secrets of Maggie’s underworld. Set to be released on 27th April in the US, this looks along the same lines as Safety Not Guaranteed so, from what can be seen from this first trailer, also looks set to be very good.

A Thousand Kisses Deep

From last year’s festival scene, debuting at the Raindance Film Festival in September, is Dana Lustig’s upcoming thriller, A Thousand Kisses Deep, which is set to be release on 15th June. Starring Jodie Whittaker, who made an appearance in Charlie Brooker’s TV series Black Mirror, in the lead role, the film follows her character Mia as she returns home from work one day and witnesses an aged woman leap from a window. Scattered around the old woman’s body, Mia discovers shredded pieces from a photograph of herself and her former lover Ludwig (Dougray Scott). When she enters the old lady’s flat, Mia recognizes the contents as her own and, confused by what lies before her, bolts back and forth in time where she is forced to realize it was her very own life that ended before her. The trailer only further emphasises the film’s plot, but it does look and sound very interesting.

Hotel Transylvania

And finally we have the first trailer for the computer-animated Hotel Transylvania. Voiced by the likes of Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Cee Lo Green, Fran Descher, and David Spade, the film centres on Dracula’s (Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live and be free to be the monsters they are without any humans to bother them. One weekend, however, an ordinary boy stumbles on the hotel. If that wasn’t bad enough, one of the monsters living in the hotel, Mavis, starts to take a shine to the human boy, so Dracula must try and protect them from falling in love. The trailer looks very funny so I think this is one to look forward to. Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, Hotel Transylvania is set to be released in 3D in the US on 21st September, before coming to the UK later on 12th October.

2 Responses to “Trailer Trash Feature: 17th – 30th March”


  1. 1 adoptingjames 5 April, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    Will Adam Sandler be able to pull off the voice of Dracula? He can’t even pull off his own movies now days. Here’s to hoping for his redemption.


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