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Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel – Trailer

The first trailer for Marvel Studios Captain Marvel dropped this morning, and it you’re unfamiliar with the character you’ll likely have no idea what’s going on.

The trailer has little in the way of any sort of narrative thrust, though you do learn that Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) is a warrior and has flashbacks of her life on earth and she’s really mean to old women on trains.

A de-aged Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) make an appearance (the technology to make actors younger seems to be virtually flawless, though up to this point we’ve only seen it used on men. I wonder if this is because there’s have been no need to use it on women yet or because of technical shortcomings. I don’t recall it being used on Michelle Pfeiffer in Ant-Man And The Wasp, then again she’s aged so well it’s hard to tell).

As far as first trailers go, it’s a bit overwhelming, and I expect that followup trailers will begin to make sense of the chaos.

The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina – Trailer

Shows like Riverdale and now The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina I find genuinely perplexing because they take what people read the comics for–humor and an often irrelevant tone–and turn them, in the case of the former, to essentially 90210.

It’s really odd and a little off-putting for me, which is why so have yet to see a full episode of Riverdale.

Though I’ll probably watch Sabrina–I take my horror (or horror adjacent) series where I can find them. It also works to my advantage that I was never into Sabrina in the comics so I don’t have anything to directly compare her to.

The Predator – Final Trailer

I’m looking forward to Shane Black’s take on the Predator franchise but at the same time I’m not too sure it’s going to work out.

He’s clearly good at what he does (after all, he wrote Lethal Weapon, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Last Boy Scout and directed Iron Man 3, among others) though he comes off a bit arrogant, which to me says he just might make a Predator movie that ignores ‘crucial’–at the end of the day we’re talking about a movie, not open heart surgery–aspects of the character’s mythology in the name of being snarky or clever.

We’ll see because for me this is one that I have to catch in a theater.

The Haunting of Hill House – Teaser Promo

I LOVE this teaser.

It’s genuinely more creepy than some entire movies (which shouldn’t be a surprise considering the movie–and I assume this teaser–was directed by Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush, Ouija: Origin of Evil) because it’s all about projecting a haunting, vaguely sinister atmosphere.

Proof that what you don’t see can be as scary as what you do because there are plenty hints of some horrific events, but nothing is revealed.

Sometimes less is indeed more.

Susperia: Teaser Trailer Re-Cut

While I readily admit that a remake of Dario Argento’s giallo classic Susperia is a pretty good idea–despite not being a fan of remakes in general–I’m not terribly fond of the trailers so far released.

They–particularly the first full trailer–feels too restrained, too subtle, too retro Horror (which I define as a horror movie that tries to visually or estheticlaly evoke the feeling and atmosphere of movies from the past).

The first full trailer has a very Rosemary’s Baby-vibe, and that’s okay as long as you have something else to offer, which I hope it does.

The teaser feels more in line with it’s giallo roots, but it’s still missing something so what I did was take bits of the original 1977 trailer–which is truly awesome–and combine it with the 2018 trailer and teaser.

Susperia – Official Trailer

I recall debating someone about the teaser trailer for Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Susperia a few months ago on Twitter, about how I found it not particularly scary.

In fact, I still think that the producers should have went with an update of the original commercial, literally note for note.

Though having seen the full trailer it looks intriguing, but still not terribly scary (though it does look terribly stylish and probably is production designed to death).

And that’s not to say that the movie won’t have me laughing (which I sometimes do when something scares or shocks me. The instigating incident in and of itself doesn’t have to to be silly though if that laughter is sustained then it’s likely because I find the scene either very silly or dumb) in discomfort and terror, though I doubt it.

Slice – Official Trailer

You have to hand it to A24.

After all, this is the same studio that released Hereditary so it wouldn’t shock me if after that bit of retro-horror they’d rest on their laurels and go with something a little more conventional.

And you’d be wrong because it’s followup is Slice, a movie apparently about a pizza parlor somehow connected to the gates of Hell.

What’s interesting about this movie is–other than it’s a horror comedy starring Paul Scheer from The League–is that it appears that the studio is moving beyond a niche I like to call ‘art-Horror’ and slowly but surely advancing upon a space occupied almost exclusively by Blumhouse.

Things are going to get a mite bit interesting.

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