Welcome to the Movie Media column – trailers, posters, and clips for upcoming films. Some are nice and fresh, some aren’t. However, they all have something in common – they caught my attention, for better or worse. If there is a poster or trailer you think I should check out, be sure to let me know, and I will see what I can do.
This week kicks off with a non-movie entry, the video for the first single off Avenged Sevenfold’s upcoming album. After that we get to the movie stuff, including posters for a pair of upcoming horror films, a video from the set of Watchmen, a look at the new Uwe Boll “masterpiece,” an English language horror debut, and an adventurous sequel with ties to Lincoln, and a horror opera (no, not Sweeney Todd, but be sure to stop back next week!). All that and more!
Avenged Sevenfold – “Almost Easy”
At the end of the month Avenged Sevenfold will follow up to their hit major label debut City of Evil with a self-titled album that will be hidden by a simple white cover emblazoned with their skull and bat wings logo. Before that arrives, the band is giving us a taste of what to expect. I have say that I like what I hear. It is definitely not like the material on their first two albums, and while it is along the lines of City of Evil, it still has a fresh feeling to it. This band has a high energy sound that has lots of technical skill to show. The two songs that are out are catchy and definitely infectious. Below you will see the video for the first single “Almost Easy.” Plus, if you head over to their MySpace page you can listen to “Critical Acclaim.” The new album lands October 30.
Watchmen – Poster, Video Blog
It’s not coming until March of 2009, but Watchmen is in production. Filming has begun. Warner Brothers has released a video with director Zack Snyder. In it he talks about the first week of shooting and hoping it will be cool. Actually, he talks about a whole lot of nothing. Still, it is proof it is getting made! Here it is, along with the poster used at Comic-Con.
Repo! The Genetic Opera – Clips
A horror opera? Sounds like fun. It began as a stage play in 2002, and now will be produced for the big screen through Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate. Saw II, III, and IV director Darren Lynn Bousman has signed on to direct. The cast includes Sarah Brightman, Anthony Head, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Paul Sorvino, and Alexa Vega. There have also been rumors that Ogre, lead singer of Skinny Puppy will be involved. The soundtrack is being produced by Japanese recording artist Yoshiki. Principal photography began in Canada a few weeks ago. Here is a behind the scenes clip as well as a trailer someone made for the stage play. All I can say is that it looks interesting!
The behind the scenes video can’t be embedded, so here is a direct link.
Bonus! Found this performance clip from the stage production:
Funny Games – Poster, Trailer
I’ve never seen a Michael Haneke film, although I have wanted to see Cache. Anyway, Funny Games is Haneke remaking Haneke. He originally made this back in 1997 and now he is remaking it in Hollywood. This version of the film stars Naomi Watts and Tim Roth as the victimized couple. The trailer is pretty bizarre. A family goes on vacation, and then the neighbor boys stop over, then the terror begins. Then there is the poster, which is seriously unsettling. Don’t believe me?
One Missed Call – Poster
It wasn’t that long ago that I brought you the trailer for One Missed Call. If you recall, the trailer was not all that special. You will also remember that this is yet another Japanese import being translated through the Hollywood machine. It may turn out well, but I am not holding my breath. In any case, the official one sheet has arrived. It has even given me a glimmer of hope for the movie. It is not much of a glimmer, mind you, but this poster is actually pretty creepy. Take a look for yourself:
Midnight Meat Train – Trailer
There I was, sitting in a darkened theater waiting for the movie to start – I forget which it was – but then this trailer starts. It started innocently enough. I recognized Bradley Cooper (Alias, Kitchen Confidential) as he talked about photographing the city, and Brooke Shields as, I am guessing, his editor. Then it got weird, people getting killed, lots of blood, meat hooks, and then the voice at the end intoning “Midnight Meat Train.” I couldn’t help it, I chuckled. That title is awesome. How can you go wrong with the combination of the words midnight, meat, and train? Then there is the fact it is based on a Clive Barker short and is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura who has made some excellent films in Versus, Azumi, and Sky High, and was at the helm for the final Godzilla outing. Just check out the trailer:
National Treasure: Book of Secrets – Trailer, Poster
I wasn’t a big fan of the first National Treasure movie. It was fun for what it was, a big action adventure that was trying to be a modern Indiana Jones. Not once did I think that a sequel would come of it, but I would be wrong. Further proof of why I am not currently an insider. Anyway, the sequel looks to be more of the same. The players from the first film are back to track down the secrets behind the Lincoln murder, which implicates Cage’s ancestors. Here is a look at the trailer, which has been out for a while, and the poster, which is a more recent release.
The Mist – Poster
A few weeks back, I shared the trailer for this new Stephen King adaptation. I thought it was pretty good, exhibiting some creepy atmosphere, but I still think they showed too much in it. Now the poster is here, and I have to say that I like it. It has a combination of the mundane, with the shopping carts and grocery store entrance, and the supremely creepy, with the mist just outside the door. Frank Darabont is behind the film, I can only hope he delivers once again.
Postal – Poster, Trailer
As if his upcoming Dungeon Siege movie wasn’t enough, Uwe Boll is also preparing Postal. It will be unleashed on an unsuspecting public, destroying brain cells the world over. This looks awful. As if making the craptacular BloodRayne, Alone in the Dark, and House of the Dead wasn’t bad enough… Ugh. Take a look:
That’s all for this week!