With Halloween coming and going during this week’s feature, we have a couple of zombie trailers to take your fancy today. With more from the likes of Elijah Wood scalping girls, Anne Hathaway singing her heart out, and some hilarious minion madness, there’s certainly a bit of everything this week.
World War Z
Set to be one of the biggest blockbusters of next year, we have the first trailer for Brad Pitt leading World War Z, which follows a U.N. employee who is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic. Directed by Marc Forster (Stranger than Fiction, Machine Gun Preacher), the new trailer is pretty brilliant and was well worth the wait. With an incredible cast also including Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Lucy Aharish, Matthew Fox, Bryan Cranston, and David Morse, World War Z is set to be released on 21st June, 2013.
Secondly we have a brilliant new trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s psychological thriller Side Effects, which stars an encouraging ensemble including Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, and Jude Law. Reuniting the director with his Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, the film follows a troubled young woman named Emily (Mara) who develops a dangerous love triangle between her doctor (Law) – who prescribes her a drug intended to treat anxiety but which has unexpected side effects – and her newly paroled husband Martin (Tatum). The new trailer looks pretty intense and promises strong performances from the entire leading trio, with both Tatum and Mara proving themselves to be incredibly talented actors over the past year, with Mara taking the lead in the English remake of The Girl With Dragon Tattoo and Tatum having stand-out performances in 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike. Also starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Side Effects is set to be released on 8th February.
Another trailer that has really impressed is the first full-length, international trailer for Tom Hooper’s big screen adaptation of the epic musical drama, Les Miserables. Adapted from the hugely successful stage show that has been seen by more than 60 million people in 42 countries and 21 languages and based on Victor Hugo’s classic 1862 novel, the film is set in 19th century France and follows a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman) who seeks redemption. Whilst we’ve already seen a similar trailer, this latest bit of footage includes more of the classic songs that the musical is famous for, each sung beautifully by the incredibly talented cast. Also starring Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Samantha Barks, the film is set to be released on 11th January 2013.
We also have the first trailer for the zombie love story Warm Bodies, which, directed by Jonathan Levine (50/50), is based on Isaac Marion‘s popular novel of the same name. Starring Nicholas Hoult as a zombie named “R”, his character starts to act more human than zombie when he falls in love with a girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer). The new trailer promises a fresh look at the zombie genre and is extremely intriguing, promising some entertaining performances with a mix of humour and romance, which Levine did brilliantly with his heartfelt 50/50. Also starring Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, Dave Franco, and Analeigh Tipton, Warm Bodies is set to be released on 1st February, 2013.
John Dies At The End
This time with a mix of horror and comedy, we also have the new trailer for John Dies At The End, which promises to both freak you out and make you fall off your chair with laughter. Written and directed by Don Coscarelli, the film is an adaptation of David Wong’s novel of the same name. The new trailer may not make much sense as it is, but that’s because the plot looks at the effects of a drug known as Soy Sauce, which promises users an out-of-body experience with each hit. As users drift across time and dimensions, some people return as no longer human, so can two college dropouts, Dave (Chase Williamson) and John (Rob Mayes), save humankind from this otherworldly invasion? Probably not. I guess this new footage will make more sense in context of the whole film, but the trailer alone looks pretty damn crazy. Good, but crazy. Also starring Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman, and Doug Jones, the film is set to be released on 1st February, 2013, and will be available on VOD in the US from 27th December.
As for pure horror, another new trailer is the red band release for Maniac, a remake of the 1980 American cult slasher film of the same name. Starring Elijah Wood in the lead role, the film follows Frank Zito, the owner of a mannequin shop, a disturbed and traumatized serial killer who scalps his victims, who develops a dangerous obsession with a young artist (Nora Arnezeder). The new trailer is seriously creepy, but Wood looks great in the lead role which I found quite unexpected, although it is similar to his role in Sin City. Also starring America Olivo as Frank’s mother, Maniac is yet to have a release date.
Despicable Me 2
And concluding this week’s feature with an animation, those beloved little yellow minions are back in the new trailer for Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s upcoming worldwide blockbuster sequel, Despicable Me 2. The new trailer is hilarious and looks to be actual footage from the film unlike the teaser, giving us a first look at the film’s plot and a hint at some sort of alien presence. Grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history, Despicable Me is one of my all-time favourite animations and had me in stitches the whole way through. The new trailer promises much the same for Universal’s follow up, and I can’t wait to see what new characters we will be introduced to. Featuring the voices of Steve Carell, Al Pacino, and Steve Coogan, Despicable Me 2 is set to be released in 3D on 3rd July, 2013.