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TrailerChat – 9 September 2020

Welcome to our latest roundup of some of the recently released trailers, with thoughts and feedback from the CineChat team. As always, please let us know your thoughts regarding any of these upcoming movies/shows in the comments or on any of our social media platforms.

The Haunting of Bly Manor

From IMDb: After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry hires a young American nanny to care for his orphaned niece and nephew who reside at Bly Manor with the chef Owen, groundskeeper Jamie and housekeeper, Mrs Grose. Coming to Netflix later this year

Mary: Ooo I’ve been waiting so long for this!!! I loved The Haunting of Hill House, this was one of my most anticipated for the year. Just a little tease, nothing really is given away at all but knowing what the first season was like I have no doubt there are going to be truly terrifying moments in this. I can’t wait!

Clare: I haven’t seen the first season but remember the buzz and this looks great. I really enjoyed Victoria Pedretti’s performance in season 2 of You so she definitely has me interested. Will I be able to watch this home alone though? Not so sure.

Lee: For me, The Haunting of Hill House remains as one of the best TV shows from recent years. It wasn’t all jump scares and things that go bump in the night (although there was plenty of that) – it managed to effortlessly maintain tension and mesmerising storytelling over 10 wonderful episodes as we followed 2 eras of the dysfunctional Crain family. To say I cannot wait for this followup series would be an understatement, and this short little teaser does its job perfectly in raising my excitement.

Matt: I haven’t seen the other series, so maybe I’m missing something here – this looks like a well made production, but still looks like the same horror cliches that had been used since … I can’t even remember how far back really. Creepy doll, creepy children, creepy house, creepy wet women… So I wouldn’t say I’m exactly excited to watch this, sorry!


Welcome to the Blumhouse

From IMDb: Welcome to the Blumhouse, the eight genre movie anthology, will begin launching on Amazon Prime Video on Oct. 6, timed to Halloween in the streamer’s 240 countries and territories worldwide. The first two movies as double features to drop on that date are Veena Sud’s The Lie and Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr.’s Black Box. Launching the following week on Oct. 13 is an unannounced feature Evil Eye, from Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani and executive produced by Priyanka Chopra Jonas, as well as Nocturne written and directed by filmmaker Zu Quirke, making her feature film debut. The latter four films will stream in 2021. In regard to the anthology, “each film presents a distinctive vision and unique perspective on common themes centred around family and love as redemptive or destructive forces” per today’s release.

Clare: This looks amazing. Such a clever concept to link them all together and some excellent faces I spotted within the casts. Again, I’m not sure how I’ll manage this one at home by myself, but boy do I want to try! I think Black Box would be my most anticipated of the 4, Mamoudou Athie was outstanding in Sorry For Your Loss so I’m excited to see more from him.

Mary: Hmm I didn’t really see anything there that took my fancy really. It looked like quite realistic psychological horror which I find quite difficult to watch so I don’t know if I’ll be watching these.

Lee: This is a great idea and the trailer does an amazing job of covering off four movies, giving very little away, but making me want to see them right now! Nice selection of clips that convey drama and horror, great accompanying music. It’s another yes from me!

Matt: I thought I’d like the look of this but nah. Just looks a bit naff, and I was disappointed because I thought the stories would all be contained within one film… It also wasn’t clear to me how these were supposed to be ‘linked’ other than just being released at the same time. Also … as with a lot of trailers for streaming platforms, I’m never sure if these are films, multiple films, series, mini-series – why don’t they ever just say exactly what it is?


The Boys in the Band

From IMDb: At a birthday party in 1968 New York, a surprise guest and a drunken game leave seven gay friends reckoning with unspoken feelings and buried truths.Coming to Netflix later this month

Clare: I think that actually took my breath away. I didn’t know what this was until now but dear god please give it to me now!

Mary: I’m not quite sure how I feel about this one. Whether it bothers me or I’m impressed. It’s got a killer cast and it sounds like a very good script. I’d definitely be willing to give it a go.

Matt: I knew nothing about the original 1968 play, 1970 film, or the 2018 West End restaging, but I think it’s a great idea to have the full cast return for this… I just think I’d find it super annoying though! I don’t know if there’s a kinder way to say that, but all the drama and the theatrics and the accents mixed together I think would just be too full-on and too much to sit through for two hours? I’ve generally enjoyed Jim Parsons in his recent film work but here I just really wanted him to shut up (I thought the same about some scenes in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf!). I’d be more interested in the other quieter characters that are obviously getting overshadowed. I’d probably feel different if this was in a theatre, but I think it needs to be toned down a little for the screen. It’s obviously an important play though so I will probably endure it.

Lee: I’m glad that Matt explained a bit of backstory to this, as I really knew nothing about it whatsoever. I think I agree with some of what Matt has said in his comments though, as for the first minute or so I found this trailer really annoying. When it settled into the party, and the real meat of the plot kicked in, I was a bit more interested, but overall that barrage of drama and theatrics from so many characters at once that Matt mentioned is ultimately going to put me off seeing this.


No Time To Die

From IMDb: James Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when Felix Leiter, an old friend from the CIA, turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology. Finally Released November 2020

Lee: Oh dear, Daniel Craig really is starting to look very tired now! 😂 It feels so strange that we went through so much hype for this earlier in the year and that we should have already seen it in our cinemas by now. This new trailer feels similar to the last one in many ways but does manage to introduce some new and exciting elements and locations. I’m not usually a fan of Bond movies, and the Daniel Craig ones certainly have been very hit and miss for me. I will probably still watch it, but it will be mainly for Ana De Armas…

Clare: That was a very long trailer and my interest disappeared very quickly. I have never had any interest in the Bond franchise so it’s no surprise that did nothing for me, despite looking well made. Ana De Armas had my attention but I feel like I’ve probably seen her entire story arc in that trailer. Likewise, Lashana Lynch looks like she’ll give a great performance, but I’ll probably just find another of her films to watch instead.

Mary: Wow well that certainly packs a punch. The action/stunts look like they really hurt, very realistic which is satisfying. I think it’ll be the kick-ass women that I’ll really be watching this for, they already look awesome.

Matt: I think this is one of the best trailers we’ve seen in a LONG time. I’m so worried that this won’t be good because Daniel Craig really does deserve better than some of the films he’s been given over the last decade, but I’m quietly confident that this will be among the better ones. I’m not 100% sure just yet from a script, dialogue and performance perspective, but my god the action, the stunts, the chases, the visuals are outstanding. Look how crisp that image is, how do they do that? No other trailer we’ve reviewed has looked this pristine! There’s definite awards potential here, and it will be a brilliant cinema experience in that regard. Can’t wait.


The Glorias

From IMDb: The story of feminist icon Gloria Steinem’s itinerant childhood’s influence on her life as a writer, activist and organizer for women’s rights worldwide. Released later this month

Clare: Hmm. That trailer did nothing for me and made it look like quite a cheap made for TV movie, but the cast (not least Julianne Moore) and the subject matter has me almost guaranteed to watch it, and the fact it’s going straight to Prime means it’ll be easy to access – but circles me back to my initial ‘it doesn’t look great’ concerns.

Mary: Wow what a cast of incredible women. I think that is definitely going to be an inspiring watch, if they can pull off the dual actresses playing the same character approach then it’ll be fab. And with Alicia Vikander and Julianne Moore, they stand a cracking chance.

Matt: This looks like a really interesting concept but unfortunately the trailer reveals far too much and i get the impression it wouldn’t sustain it’s fun time. As the old adage goes – never reveal your monster! I do hope it is good though, I love Gillian Jacobs.

Lee: Nothing really grabs me about this at all. They’ve lined up an impressive cast though and as Clare mentioned, the easy access of Prime means that I’ll almost certainly check it out.


Possessor

From IMDb: Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies – ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients. Released October 2020

Mary: Ooo wow well that’s a very interesting premise. I love anything that feels fresh and unexplored. A lot of trailers are using that disjointed angular music though at the moment to let the audience know the film is a little weird or kooky it’s definitely not the first to do that.I’m not exactly sure this is up my street but I think the concept is great.

Lee: Before watching the trailer, I’d recently seen some reviews of this that had automatically removed this movie from my radar. Phrases like ‘hard to watch’, ‘queasy’ and ‘unflinchingly violent’ don’t really make me interested in seeing a movie. However, now that I have seen the trailer, I’m not so sure… it actually looks pretty good… 😂

Matt: Yeah, I want to see this! I mean, if Brandon Cronenberg takes after his dad even in the slightest, then we can be sure to expect some crazy shit from this. I can’t see this making my favourites lists necessarily, but I think it will be an interesting and exciting watch indeed!

Clare: Oh this looks like a pretty cool concept and quite original in its idea. I’ll be looking out for this one, but unfortunately I spent the whole trailer getting enraged about how that stupid ‘maoouurrr’ moaning sound in trailers trend NEEDS TO DIE.