Trailers by Brandon: The Stephen King renaissance continues

Pet Sematary dropped its first trailer this week, and it's a doozy. We've also got a handful of other trailers and a bunch of awards contenders released in theaters this week, so there is plenty to be excited about.

Opening this week:

First Man

It’s going to be a huge missed opportunity if “City of Stars” isn’t playing while Neil Armstrong is being launched into space. In all seriousness, the trailers for First Man looks like a thrilling ride from Damien Chazelle that’s going to really dig into the Apollo 11 mission. Get the Oscars ready now, folks.

Bad Times at the El Royale

I don’t know if Bad Times at the El Royale will win as many awards as First Man will, but the trailers have me equally excited to see it. From the creators of Cabin in the Woods, this looks like a weird Tarantino hybrid that’s likely going to be a LOT of fun. I mean, did you see the way Chris Hemsworth does that little dance in the trailer?

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

I didn’t love the first Goosebumps movie, but the trailers have me on board with the idea of a sequel. The biggest thing this one has going against it, however, is The House With A Clock In Its Walls — a similar premise/tone that also stars Jack Black. It’ll be interesting which makes more at the box office and what this will mean for future Goosebumps movies.

Beautiful Boy

Bring the tissue box in the theater with you on this one. That’s what I’ve heard, at least. It’ll likely be another week or two before Beautiful Boy gets to a theater near me, but I might as well emotionally preparing myself now.

 

New trailers:

Pet Sematary (April 5, 2019)

The Stephen King wave continues and I am totally there for it. It makes perfect sense to reboot Pet Sematary, as the first one is good and creepy and all, but also isn’t this untouchable classic. And this…this looks creepy. The kids in the masks, the foreshadowing with that truck, everything here just seems to be working for me.

Glass (Jan. 18, 2019)

While this new trailer maybe shows just a little bit too much, it gives plenty of reasons why we should all be excited about Glass. The coming together of Split and Unbreakable in what to looks to be a completely groundbreaking movie is just too exciting to pass up. Take your bets now on what the twist is going to be.

The Best of Enemies (April 5, 2019)

I knew nothing about the trailer or movie itself but was pleasantly surprised to see that The Best of Enemies actually looks really good. This doesn’t just look like another Lifetime movie or anything; the drama, performances and storyline all look drawn-out and done in a way I haven’t seen before.

Aladdin (May 24, 2019)

We aren't given a lot to go off of in this trailer. I'm okay with that. That is the point of a teaser, after all. I still have certain reservations about Guy Ritchie directing Aladdin and what Will Smith as the genie will look like, but this footage does a fine job at setting the tone and at least gives me some hope.

The Night Comes For Us (Oct. 19, 2018)

More action movies from the team who made The Raid, and I’m there for it. There’s a strong You Were Never Really Here/Taxi Driver vibe to the whole thing, but you can still sign me up if I get to see Iko Uwais kick some ass.

Bodied (Nov. 2, 2018)

Bodied can try as hard as it wants to be this cool rap-battle movie, but I’m only ever going to see Alex Trimboli from American Vandal. This is a weird concept for a movie. It’s certainly going to attract some kind of audience, but I’m just not sure I really need this movie after having seen 8 Mile — not that 8 Mile is all that good of a movie in the first place.

The Christmas Chronicles (Nov. 22, 2018)

I could have sworn this trailer was a joke. No, really, I was watching this and thought it must be some kind of parody or something. Needless to say, The Christmas Chronicles isn’t for me — and this is coming from someone who actually really likes the first Tim Allen Santa Clause movie (come at me, I don’t care).

 

Rewind:

Free Fire (2016)

Like Bad Times at the El Royale, Free Fire is a movie aiming for a Tarantino vibe that winds up being a whole lot of fun. Essentially, take a whole bunch of recognizable actors, stick them in one room and force them to fight to the death, and that’s what you get with Free Fire. It’s ultra-funny and bloody, making it well worth a watch.

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Brandon Schreur

The fella over there with the hella good hair. Movies and TV are my jam, and the fact that I get to write about them on a regular basis is the bees knees.