«I’m just like anybody else…» FilmRise has debuted an official trailer for a creepy new indie thriller titled My Friend Dahmer, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. The film is based on an acclaimed graphic novel and tells the story of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who murdered 17 men and boys in the Midwest United States between 1978 and 1991 before being captured by police. Before he became that killer, though, he was a shy, alcoholic teen who never quite fit in. This is the true, haunting «story before that story» of Dahmer in high school. Ross Lynch plays Dahmer, and the cast includes Anne Heche, Alex Wolff, Dallas Roberts, Vincent Kartheiser, Miles Robbins. This is just a teaser, but but damn does it have some unsettling moments in it, which is the whole point of the film. Lynch’s performance looks superb. ›››
«There’s nowhere left to go… Nowhere, except the Oasis.» Warner Bros has debuted the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Ready Player One, the geeky novel about a kid in the future who logs into a virtual reality world and plays games to win the ultimate prize. I’m so excited to finally see something from this, and I still can’t believe Spielberg is actually directing. Young actor Tye Sheridan stars as Wade Watts, known in the gaming world as Parzival. The cast includes Mark Rylance as the game’s creator, James Halliday, as well as T.J. Miller, Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Letitia Wright, and Kae Alexander. There’s some great references to The Iron Giant, Back to the Future, and E.T. of course, and this is only just the first tease. Dang I’m hyped for this!! Very excited to see more. ›››
«What if we are here for a reason? What if we are part of something truly divine?» Disney has revealed the first official teaser trailer for Ava DuVernary’s adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, based on the novel by Madeleine L’Engle. This teaser was unveiled at the D23 Expo this weekend. The sci-fi fantasy story follows three people — Meg, her brother, and her friend — who are sent into space by three peculiar beings in order to search and find their missing scientist father. The very impressive, huge ensemble cast for this film features Chris Pine, Reese Witherspoon, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Peña, Zach Galifianakis, Oprah Winfrey, Bellamy Young, Mindy Kaling, Rowan Blanchard, Levi Miller, André Holland, Daniel MacPherson, Will McCormack, Deric McCabe, and Storm Reid as Meg. This is a very exciting tease, not only a good introduction to the story but revealing quite a few fancy costumes and epic VFX moments. ›››
Now what do we have here? There’s a very brief teaser trailer going around for a film called Cold Skin, the latest feature from French filmmaker Xavier Gens (of Frontier(s) and The Divide). The teaser trailer doesn’t show much, but there are a bunch of photos from the set and a few posters that give us a good look at the weird «humanoid killer amphibians». Set on a desolate island in the Antarctic Circle, the film tells of a man living there who discovers that at night the island is overrun by these creatures. The cast includes David Oakes, Ray Stevenson, and Aura Garrido as Aneris, who seems to be one of these creatures that he falls in love with (see photo above). I’m certainly very curious about this, and I hope we get to see more footage sooner than later. For now, this is all we have but it’s worth a look. Check out this shot of Gens, too. ›››
«Every so often, they see something.» A mysterious new teaser debuted this week without a title or much info, aside from a link to website. The video is called «This Means Something» and shows an encounter with a UFO from the perspective of an air traffic control radar. There are a few splices of scenes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind in the video with links it to the classic Spielberg sci-fi film first released in 1977. Thanks to some investigating by SlashFilm, they’ve discovered that this is a teaser for an upcoming theatrical re-release of Close Encounters to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film. Aside from that, we don’t know which version will be showing but this is an announcement that it’s arriving September. This is cool, but I hope we get more marketing — another poster + another trailer before this returns to theaters. ›››
Have You Met the Incredible Jessica James? Netflix has debuted the first teaser trailer for The Incredible Jessica James, the latest film from talented indie filmmaker Jim Strouse (of Grace Is Gone, The Winning Season, People Places Things — all three are great films). This upbeat indie comedy stars Jessica Williams from «The Daily Show» in a major breakout role as Jessica James, an aspiring playwright living in New York City struggling with the dating scene and the career scene. She meets a goofball guy that she slowly starts to fall for, played by Chris O’Dowd (not seen in this teaser). Also starring Lakeith Stanfield, Noël Wells, Megan Ketch, and Zabryna Guevara. I saw this at Sundance and it’s wonderful, providing some much-needed optimism along with an outstanding performance from Williams. Don’t miss this one, it’s so good. ›››
«What do you know about Wakanda?» Disney has premiered the first teaser trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther movie, directed by the talented Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed). The story picks up with King T’Challa, once again played by Chadwick Boseman, returning back to his African nation of Wakanda after the events of Captain America: Civil War. There he encounters new enemies that want to challenge his seat on the throne, and destroy Wakanda. The outstanding ensemble cast Coogler has assembled includes Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis, Florence Kasumba, John Kani, Winston Duke, and Sterling K. Brown. This is just a short teaser, but it looks fantastic so far. I’m so excited for this! Dive in. ›››
«We have nothing to lose but our turf!» Magnolia Pictures («from the company that brought you I Am Not Your Negro«) has debuted a teaser trailer for a new racism documentary titled Whose Streets?, examining the Ferguson uprising from the inside. The film originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January to mostly rave reviews. Using footage from actual citizens in St. Louis, Missouri, and Ferguson, the film takes an «unflinching look» at the uprising, the protests, and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. This seems very powerful, and very important for the times. And it also seems like it can be the kind of doc that will still be referenced 50 years from now. I also really love seeing docs that are made with footage from real people, who lived through this historic experience. Looking forward to seeing this myself. ›››
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Death on Scenic Drive: Gabriel Carrer’s intimate psycho thriller delivers a punishing trailer
Gabriel Carrer’s Death on Scenic Drive, the new film from Latefox Pictures Inc. and Smak Studios is the follow-up to Carrer’s 2015’s film festival vigilante hit, The Demolisher. We reported on the film earlier this year and now we have your exclusive first look at the berserkly intense teaser trailer.
Written and directed by Canadian filmmaker Carrer, Death on Scenic Drive unravels over the course of three nightmarish days, during the cold winter months at a secluded countryside home. It focuses on a young woman named Larissa (Stephanie Ash), who encounters an entity that transforms her into death itself, and reins a violent storm against Dallas Henson (Ry Barrett) and the family that resides there.
The film boasts special make-up effects by The Butcher Shop FX Studio (Bed of the Dead, Female Werewolf), a gripping tense score by Starsky Partridge, who was the lead sound designer for the popular video game, Unreal Tournament, and is shot by cinematographer and producer, Scott McIntyre.
Death on Scenic Drive is currently prepping for a festival run so please visit the film’s official Facebook page for upcoming updates.
And now…that freaking trailer!