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"Some things even I find too unsettling to recount." RLJE has released their official trailer for the upcoming VOD / DVD release of the horror anthology indie The Mortuary Collection, which initially premiered at the 2019 Fantastic Fest a few years ago. This also already debuted on Shudder streaming last fall, but we're just now catching up with this final trailer (we first posted a teaser a few years back). This anthology film features four unique horror stories that progress through four decades - a '50s housewife struggles with a mysterious presence in her bathroom; a '60s college boy gets a taste of his own fraternizing medicine; and a '70s husband makes some tough decisions about his wife; culminating in '80s-set The Babysitter Murders. The film is wrapped around with a story featuring a young girl who enters a secret room in a mortuary and learns the backstory of the mortician’s favorite deaths. Starring Caitlin Custer, Clancy Brown, Barak Hardley, Christine Kilmer, Mike Nelson, and Sarah Hay. Looks like a spooky set of stories to enjoy.
"But there's just one thing… No one can find out." Disney has revealed a teaser trailer for Pixar's next new original movie titled Luca, the feature directorial debut of Italian storyboard artist Enrico Casarosa (who directed the Pixar short La Luna as well). Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the film is about two friends and an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. But both boys are actually sea monsters from the water. Casarosa explains his inspiration: "I met my best friend when I was 11. I was really shy and I found this troublemaker of a kid… I wanted to make a movie about those kinds of friendships that help you grow up." The Pixar movie pays homage to Fellini and other classic Italian filmmakers, "with a dash of Miyazaki." There's no voice cast revealed yet for Luca and Alberto. After the success of Soul, I'm excited to see Pixar back on track with original work and this looks so delightful already.
"That's heavy, brother. But I dig it…" Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for Army of the Dead, a brand new Zack Snyder movie that he co-wrote and directed in 2019 before the pandemic hit. This project has been in development for over a decade, originally announced as a direct sequel to Zack's Dawn of the Dead (from 2004), and Snyder finally finished it and it's dropping on Netflix this May. Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted. The full ensemble cast includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi, Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, and Michael Cassidy. There's not much here, but it looks gnarly! Zombie mayhem!!
"The most awkward period of your life… that’s when we were in front of the cameras." Hulu has released an official trailer for a documentary called Kid 90, stylized as just kid 90, looking back at life in the 90s. The film is a "time capsule" rediscovery - an intimate look at young Hollywood starlets growing up in the 1990s, using hundreds of hours of footage captured by Soleil Moon Frye. As a teen in the 90s and a child actor, Soleil Moon carried a video camera everywhere she went documenting her friends as they grew up in Hollywood and New York City. After all this time, she finally goes back to revisit all the old videos of young celebrities, and share them with us. Some of the people seen in this: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Balthazar Getty, and Beverly Hills 90210's Brian Austin Green. It looks like a very personal exploration of what life was like, but not sure there's going to be any profound revelations from this journey.
"Playful, erudite, and boundary blurring." Grasshopper Film has revealed an official trailer for an indie docu-drama titled The Inheritance, which originally premiered at both the Toronto and New York Film Festivals last fall. The film marks the first feature from Ephraim Asili - "a filmmaker, artist, educator and DJ whose work focuses on the African diaspora as a cultural force." A young man inherits his grandmother's house and, with the encouragement of his girlfriend, turns it into a Black socialist collective where the local community forms the basis of its family. It's a scripted drama with documentary elements. Grasshopper says: "Ceaselessly finding commonalties between politics, humor, and philosophy, with Black authors and radicals at its edges, The Inheritance is a remarkable film about the world as we know it." This sounds rad! And it looks like something quite unique and dynamic, experimental cinema for today's times. Check it out.
"Don't back down!" CMC has released one more official US trailer for the war epic The Eight Hundred, to promote its streaming release this week in the US. It broke box office records in China last summer even in the midst of pandemic lockdowns. The epic war film is set in 1937 and is a jingoistic true story about a group of Chinese soldiers and draft dodgers that put up a four-day defense of a Shanghai warehouse complex, just as Japanese forces are overwhelming China. Another of these intense 300-esque movies about how heroic these patriots are defending their country. The film's cast includes Ou Hao, Jiang Wu, Zhang Yi, Wang Qianyuan, Huang Zhi Zhong, and Zhang Cheng. This still does look like China's Saving Private Ryan, about the tenacity and courage of soldiers fighting for their home. And the action sequences look incredible.
"Are you… real?!" "You don't know everything about me…" Sony Pictures has revealed an official trailer for a romantic comedy called Long Weekend, marking the directorial debut of the producer / writer Stephen Basilone. The basic logline synopsis for this doesn't say much: a down-on-his-luck struggling writer, meets an enigmatic woman who enters his life at the right time. The trailer reveals a bit more - everything takes place around a meteor shower, and both of them seem to be hiding some secrets. But there's a hint in this trailer that makes me wonder if this is an update on Ruby Sparks, and he "imagined" this perfect woman? We'll see. Finn Wittrock and Zoe Chao co-star, with Wendi McLendon-Covey, Damon Wayans Jr., Jim Rash, and Casey Wilson. It doesn't look so bad, might be worth a watch after all. Check it out below.
"People can sometimes be very weak. But we hope to see strong people." Film Movement has released a new trailer for the 4K restoration of the beloved Hong Kong film Center Stage, made by filmmaker Stanley Kwan. It originally debuted in 1991, but didn't play at film festivals until 1992 when it showed at the Berlin Film Festival (where Cheung won Best Actress); it didn't even open in the US until 1994. The film is a biopic telling the story of 1930's Chinese actress Lingyu Ruan, played by the very talented Maggie Cheung. As The Film Stage explains: "Lingyu, who committed suicide at the age of 24 in 1935 after a tumultuous private life that was frequent fodder for the vicious Shanghai tabloids—and began to mirror the melodramas that brought her fame." The film's cast includes Han Chin, Tony Leung, Carina Lau, Waise Lee, Lily Li, Lawrence Ng, and Cecilia Yip. As always, discovering these films when they've been restored is the best way to finally see them. This was updated into 4K quality from the original negative. And it looks gorgeous.
"Get ready" for something new! Steamroller Studios has revealed their teaser trailer for an indie animation project called Master, now in the works from animator / filmmaker Jamaal Bradley. He's the same that made the outstanding animated short Substance a few years back, and is now developing this kick ass new project. "The goal is to showcase a powerful young lady who is strong in mind and body using the fantastic elements of animation." The story follows Olivia, a once promising martial arts champion endowed with superpowers, who is on a journey to get her family to what she believes is a better life. It's just a cool reveal teaser with one sequence, but it sets the tone and introduces us to Olivia, and it's a must watch first look. Have to wait to see how it develops and when it'll be ready for release - but I'm excited to see more already.
"He is my love. My first love." Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for an Italian young love romance titled Caught by a Wave (originally known as Sulla Stessa Onda), marking the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Massimiliano Camaiti. In a sunny summer in Sicily, Sara and Lorenzo meet for the first time. Their young love is born in between the waves but, soon, it will prove stronger than any obstacle. A summer fling in Sicily develops into a heartbreaking love story that forces a boy and girl to grow up too quickly as the deal with the reality of her life. The cast includes newcomers Elvira Camarrone and Roberto Christian as Sara and Lorenzo, along with Vincenzo Amato, Donatella Finocchiaro, Corrado Invernizzi, and Manuela Ventura. This looks very cute and charming, nothing like summer love. And boy Italy looks nice.
"Just send one of your teeth down the drain…" This is definitely one monster I do not ever want to meet… Milk Teeth is an award-winning 13-minute horror short film from Colombian-American filmmaker Felipe Vargas, who is making his way in the industry establishing himself with excellent shorts. This picked up a few awards at a few genre film festivals last year, and is now available to watch online. If you like monsters and stories set in orphanages, don't miss this one. An orphanage spirals into mayhem when a boy discovers a shadowy creature who comes to collect more than just the children's teeth. The short film stars Aaron Bradshaw as Thomas, who tries to user the monster for his own gain but goes a little too far. Impressed by the monster in here? "In the vein of the handcrafted effects of my favorite films, we developed elaborate teeth prosthesis and created the sink demon, entirely practically," Vargas says. So very creepy. View below.
"Rough justice… That's what this administration wants." STX has released one more final trailer for The Mauritanian, the true story legal thriller filmmaker Kevin Macdonald about a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay. Based on the book "Guantanamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, the film tells the story of a detainee at the US military's Gitmo detention center who is held without charges for over a decade. He hopes for help from a new defense attorney. Their controversial advocacy, with new evidence uncovered by the formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Couch, eventually reveals a shocking and far reaching conspiracy. The film's ensemble cast includes Tahar Rahim as Mohamedou Ould Slahi, as well as Jodie Foster, Zachary Levi, Saamer Usmani, Shailene Woodley, plus Benedict Cumberbatch. The real highlight of this film is seeing Tahar Rahim's performance, which is absolutely phenomenal and makes this is a worthwhile watch. A tragic story, but there is some hope in compassion, and with those who care about others no matter what.