We’ve hit a lull. While plenty of trailers have been released, it’s going to be a few weeks before we get something big and exciting in theaters. I mean, Anna and the Apocalypse looks great, but it’s going to be a good month until it’s playing in a theater near me. For now, we just have to anxiously wait for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Aquaman to arrive.
Opening this week:
The Possession of Hannah Grace
Look, I’m one of the biggest horror fans that you’ll ever meet, but even I’m not expecting much out of this one. The trailers have been lackluster to say the least, as they seem to capitalize on nothing but cheap jump-scares and clichés. The fact that they didn’t hold any press screenings really isn’t a good sign, either.
Anna and the Apocalypse
If Anna and the Apocalypse was playing anywhere near me, I’d rush out to see it. A zombie musical set at Christmas sounds like everything I’ve ever wanted from life. Please, please, please just tell me I’ll get the chance to see it on the big screen at some point.
Head Full of Honey
Another movie about growing old, this time told, based on the trailers at least, in what looks to be too cheesy of a way to bear. I’ll pass on this one.
Vox Lux (Dec. 7, 2018)
I think I’m in love with this trailer and all the trailers that came before it. Vox Lux is quickly becoming one of the movies I’m most anticipated to see for the rest of 2018, along with The Favorite. Don’t ask me what either movie is actually about, but both of their trailers are dazzling.
Happy Death Day 2U (Feb. 14, 2019)
Embarrassingly, I still haven’t seen the first Happy Death Day (kind of sucks that this trailer seemingly spoils the ending for the first movie, even though it’s really my fault for taking so long to see it). This trailer, however, still gets me excited. There’s a fun energy to this whole thing that’s contagious enough to the point where I’m going to go back and watch the first one and then get pumped to see this new one.
State Like Sleep (Jan. 4, 2019)
It’s been a while before we’ve had a good, unnerving noir thriller like State Like Sleep looks like it might be. Yes, the January release date is a bit concerning, but with a cast that includes Katherine Waterston, Michael Shannon, Michiel Huisman and Luke Evans, it’s hard not to get excited.
Welcome to Marwen (Dec. 21, 2019)
“The Most Original Movie of the Year” might be a bit of a stretch, but Welcome to Marwen has me curious. I mean, it’s hard not to at least give it a chance when it has Robert Zemeckis and Steve Carell, especially after seeing what he did with Beautiful Boy, involved.
The Vanishing (Jan. 2019)
Gerard Butler in what could actually be a good movie?? Honestly, seems almost unheard of at this point. The Vanishing might seem like a grim, dark film from IFC that could possibly be just a bit too melodramatic at certain points, but I’m still into the trailer regardless.
Artemis Fowl (Aug. 9, 2019)
It’s fine. They’re clearly trying to capitalize on the Harry Potter or Hunger Games wave of Young Adult novels (having the narrator sound an awful lot like Gollum really doesn’t help, either), but Disney is at least putting some money and talent into this one, so maybe it has a shot. I need to see more trailers/footage before I fully make up my mind, I think.
What Men Want (Feb. 8, 2019)
I still like the concept and I still like the cast involved. What I’m seeing from these trailers for What Men Want, though, doesn’t have me as excited. We’ll just have to wait and see with this one.
Rust Creek (Jan. 2019)
IFC Midnight sure likes their survival movies. Sadly, there hasn’t been a lot of them that have actually been good, as you can go ahead and pass on What Keeps You Alive and Carnage Park. Maybe Rust Creek will be the one to break that mold, but I’m remaining cautious for now.
When Jeff Tried To Save the World (Dec. 7, 2018)
Pretty sure I got the whole message and storyline from this trailer alone. It’s a fine message, don’t get me wrong, but it doesn’t also leave me wanting an entire 90-minute long film about it — especially when the comedy didn’t seem to be hitting.
The Last Exorcism (2010)
The Last Exorcism might not have gotten the best reviews when it initially came out, but the more time that passes the more people seem to be coming around. I remember watching this movie in my friend’s basement back before I was super into horror movies and being scared out of my mind. Yes, some of the tropes are familiar, but this is still an exorcism movie done right.