New Trailers on Headstuff is the place to catch up on all the latest teasers released in the world of Film and TV. Stephen Porzio tells you what’s hot and not. This time, there is two different types of insane: Queen Anne and Nicolas Cage
Most Anticipated – The Favourite, Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos
The director of The Lobster does Barry Lyndon. I can’t think of anything I want more.
Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz star as 18th century royal cousins jockeying to be court favourites during the reign of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). In most filmmakers hands, this would make for a fine, if stuffy period piece. However, it looks as if idiosyncratic Greek filmmaker and Headstuff favourite Yorgos Lanthimos (who also directed one of 2017’s best films The Killing of a Sacred Deer) has turned that plot-line into a dark slapstick comedy about how horrible people can be either attempting to seize power or growing bored with it. This trailer is hilarious. Meanwhile, colour me impressed with Emma Stone’s British accent.
#2 – Mandy, Dir. Panos Cosmatos
Those who’ve seen cult 2010 film Beyond the Black Rainbow, know how gorgeously disturbing Panos Cosmatos’ movies can look. Yet, while reaction to his debut film was split due to its slow pace, Mandy’s revenge narrative should grip viewers more immediately.
Set in 1983, Red (Nicolas Cage) must get his wife (Andrea Riseborough) back when a band of ravaging cultists and supernatural creatures kidnap her. Part of exacting sweet revenge, includes forging one of the most bad-ass blades celluloid has ever seen. This is going to be the type of midnight cult movie where Nic Cage duelling with chainsaws is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of WTF moments.
#3 – The Nun, Dir. Jacques Rivette
Not exactly new but I’d be remissed if I didn’t mention the trailer for the beautiful 4K restoration of Jacques Rivette’s The Nun. The movie is to be re-released July 27 in the IFI.
In 18th century France, a girl (icon Anna Karina) is forced against her will to take vows as a nun. Three mothers superior treat her in radically different ways, ranging from maternal concern, to sadistic persecution, to lesbian desire. Suzanne’s virtue brings disaster to everyone in this faithful adaptation of a bitter attack on religious abuses by the Enlightenment philosopher Denis Diderot.
Coming out the same month as the similarly religious themed and critically acclaimed films First Reformed and Apostasy, there’s never been a better time at the cinema for a spiritual triple bill.
#4 – I Am the Night, TNT
Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins’ reteams with star Chris Pine for this series. Set in the 1960s and based on a true story, it centres on a woman (India Eisley) searching for her biological parents who discovers a link between herself and the infamous Black Dahlia murder case. Pine plays a journalist who becomes embroiled in the mystery.
This trailer looks slick. The period detail looks fabulous. Plus, it’s great to see Patty Jenkins involved in another project so fast after Wonder Woman, given there was a 14 year gap between that on her previous film Monster. She will helm the first two episodes of the six-part series.
#5 – Ghoul, Netflix
Blumhouse, the production company behind (Get Out, Insidious, The Purge), have collaborated with Netflix to distribute Ghoul, India’s first horror series. The trailer peaks my interest as I’m always curious to see chillers from foreign countries. As evident from J-Horror or the French New Extremity, non-English language films can often address themes viewers, more accustomed to American output, are less familiar with. Although, the series (originally shot as a film but edited into three eps by Netflix) looks like it won’t stray to far from Blumhouse’s staple of horror, the story touching censorship and government/military control could be something new.