TrailerChat – 20 July 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.

Make Up

From IMDb: On a remote holiday park in Cornwall, a young woman is drawn into a mysterious obsession when she suspects her boyfriend has cheated on her. Releasedlater this month

Clare: Wow, this looks incredibly tense and atmospheric. I’d be very interested in this one and I love that you don’t get a full sense of what is actually happening, good or bad. I just hope the film manages to keep the intense build up that the trailer has.

Lee: I agree with Clare, they’ve done a very good of building up the tension and mystery without giving very much away. From the write up for this I wouldn’t normally be keen to check this one out, but I’m actually quite interested to see if the full movie lives up to the trailer.

Matt: I also agree – great atmosphere in this trailer, love a good caravan thriller! Something in the back of my head tells me I won’t end up liking the direction this goes in (like the build up won’t be worth the climax), but seeing as this is being sold as an “original” debut that “demands attention”, I’m perfectly willing to be proven wrong!

Mary: Sorry to disagree with the consensus but I found this really boring. I’m not really a fan of indie films they very rarely grab my attention.

Halloween Kills

From IMDb: The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series. Released October 2021

Clare: I was worried about watching this as I didn’t want to have too much ruined for me, but it’s just enough to remind me of where we left Laurie and her family. I can’t say 2018’s Halloween needs a sequel (let alone 2!) but I did absolutely love it, so I won’t turn down another visit to Michael.

Lee: I only watched the 1978 Halloween for the very first time a couple of days before watching the 2018 version. I thought the 1978 version was OK, but I loved the 2018 one. It’s a very short teaser, but it certainly did the job in rekindling my interest. Like Clare, I don’t feel the last one needed a sequel, but for now I’m all in for seeing what happens to Laurie and her family next.

Matt: Having not seen ‘part one’ of this reboot (as it were) I actually really like this as a teaser trailer, HOWEVER… I just have zero interest in this story whatsoever. I couldn’t give a toss that Michael Myers still isn’t dead. He’s not “been dead” for 42 years and 13 films now, I’m sure he’s not about to start now. Go abroad if you’re really that arsed about him still following you around, get over it! … Sorry, I just don’t get why Halloween is still a thing, it just sounds so repetitive.

Mary: I will definitely be watching this, I didn’t love the first one, there were parts that really worked and parts that didn’t but any part of this franchise that involves Jamie Lee Curtis can count me in for watching. Obviously with current circumstances (they have moved the film to next year) they probably didn’t want to release anything more at this point. But we already knew Michael wasn’t dead right?


From IMDb: During World War II, an Englishwoman (Gemma Arterton) opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him in this moving journey of womanhood, love and friendship. Released later this month

Mary: Yes, yes, yes, yes!! Can you tell I’m excited? God I love Gemma Arterton, this looks so moving and heart-warming, this has just moved to the top of my list. This has such a fantastic cast, and I am a sucker for world war 2 stories not actually set on the battlefield. Can’t wait for this to come out.

Clare: This is the kind of film I would normally ignore and I can never decide where I sit with Gemma Arterton as she’s made some off films. But, I was pleasantly surprised by my love for Little Women earlier this year and I can see shades of similarity – independent female writer, split time narrative, idyllic settings. The romance at the centre is what has me most interested, so maybe I would give this a chance…

Lee: I would say that this isn’t my kind of film at all, but it reminds me of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (they even seem to share some of the same cast!), which I watched, and actually enjoyed. I can imagine this will be another one of those films that I’ll judge without seeing, then sit down with my wife one day while she’s watching it and ending up quite liking it!

Matt: Honestly, this looks well-made and nice, but that’s about all I can think of to say about it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just that it belongs to that pocket of British “easy watch” films that will never have any massive impact. I will say that Gemma Arterton does look good in this though, she is a very good actress but honestly I haven’t seen her in anything good… well, ever, really. I don’t think you can even really count St. Trinians as “good” but that’s the closest I can think of, and that was her very first film back in 2007 so… it would be nice to see that turn around for her.

She Dies Tomorrow

From IMDb: Amy thinks she’s dying tomorrow…and it’s contagious.. Released later this month

Clare: Oooo, I wasn’t feeling this at the start but the contagion element is a great play on the genre. I’m hoping for shades of ‘It Follows’ meets ‘The Ring’. Indie horror can go one of two ways, I hope this one goes the way I want!

Lee: I love how they’ve presented this trailer. There’s no indication that there is anything supernatural or over the top going on, when compared to the trailer for 2019 movie Countdown, for example. Thinking she’s going to die could just be paranoia, it could be more than that. And is it really contagious, or is something else going on? I just think it’s great how mysterious and simple, yet gripping, this trailer is.

Matt: Only when the title came up explaining that this would be blurring genres was I on board with this – I love films that play only by their own rules! I feel like we’ve not had any decent releases like that since 2017’s ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ and ‘The Square’. I can definitely see the similarities to things like ‘It Follows’ and ‘Countdown’ too – those concepts that try to get inside your head, so I’m well up for seeing how this turns out!

Mary: Hmm this is not something I can see myself watching. Very confusing trailer, good cast by the looks of it but it didn’t do anything to grip me so I’ll give this a miss.

Project Power

From IMDb: When a pill that gives its users unpredictable superpowers for five minutes hits the streets of New Orleans, a teenage dealer and a local cop must team with an ex-soldier to take down the group responsible for its creation. Released August 2020

Clare: For some reason I don’t quite trust Netflix sci-fi movies, but I do trust Joseph Gordon Levitt. A great concept and a brilliant trailer, whilst it shows a lot, I still feel like there would be plenty excitement left in the actual film. Colour me interested.

Lee: The inclusion of Joseph Gordon Levitt definitely increases the interest and expectation for this. It’s a fun, action packed trailer, which made me think of The Boys, so if it can match that, then I’ll be happy. Despite some questionable CGI in places though, I’m very excited for this one.

Matt: I do really like the look of this! Initially it sounded like the concept wasn’t going to be very original (the likes of ‘Limitless’ came to mind) but when the whole superpower aspect came into play, it had me hooked. Like with the X-Men, I just cannot resist superhumans. I’m 100% down for this.

Mary: This is an intriguing concept, it looks well done, the effects look polished. A dependable lead in Jamie Foxx and the welcome return of Joseph Gordon Levitt. This will be an entertaining watch.

The New Mutants

From IMDb: Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. Released (hopefully) August 2020

Lee: This was originally due to be released in April 2018, and seems to keep being rescheduled, to the point where I don’t think anyone actually believes it’s ever going to be released! Way back when the very first trailer was released, I don’t think I was too sure about it but since then each new trailer seems to be an improvement on the last and I really like the look of it. Fingers crossed that we don’t go into a second lockdown and decisions have to be made about delaying it yet again, or whether to just put it on Disney+

Matt: I do think The New Mutants is going to struggle to perform following it’s long delay (however it ends up being distributed), but I would still really like to see it. I’ve been a huge fan of the X-Men and the Mutant-verse in general all of my life, and the fact that a recent EMPIRE article dispelled a lot of the rumours about re-shoots and some of the reasons for the delays, I am quite hopeful! At the very least it will be a fun watch. This trailer doesn’t excite me necessarily (at least not until they all started demonstrating their powers), but I am intrigued by the young-adult horror angle they are taking…

Clare: At this point my only thought on New Mutants is one giant shrug.

Mary: Wow is this finally going to come out! I think everything that’s come out about this film it’s going to struggle to perform well. But it is marketed as more of a horror film which is new so maybe that will help it along. I’ll definitely give this a go, it has a fresh young cast so it has potential.

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