New Trailers 12 | Greta, Hellboy and Us
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.
Most Anticipated – Us, Dir Jordan Peele
Few films have stuck in the brain and have stood up on repeat viewings as well as Jordan Peele’s 2017 debut Get Out – a bona fide classic. Thus, anticipation was always going to be high for his follow up Us. However, following this teaser, the hype is now through the roof.
Another social thriller (or what folks back in the day called ‘mainstream horror’), the film stars Black Panther leads Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as parents to two. On vacation with friends (including Elizabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker), they are terrorised by a group of strangers – resembling doubles of themselves.
Produced for six times the budget of Get Out, Us looks more flashy and polished. There’s already enough stunning stills in this teaser to make the One Perfect Shot Twitter account countless times over. Like his previous film, this is Peele putting his unique twist on common thriller tropes, twisting them to do what great horror does – explore social ills in a genre which is pure. It’s out March 15.
2. Greta, Dir Neil Jordan
Any other fortnight this would be the number one best trailer. Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan (Interview with a Vampire, Byzantium) seems in 90s crazy stalker thriller mode here and has rounded up two stellar actresses in Chloe Grace Moretz (Suspiria) and Isabelle Huppert (Elle) to assist him. This looks deliriously fun and bonkers – could what’s happening be supernatural, who knows? Yet, like Us looks to be examining something people could relate to – the downsides of surrogate mother/daughter relationships.
3. Men in Black: International, Dir F. Gary Gray
One would think after two lackluster sequels, Hollywood execs would leave what was once an exciting franchise alone. However, like they did with Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean, they seem intent on running Men in Black to the ground.
All that said, sign up Tessa Thompson to be the lead in your reboot and I’m all in. Also, extra points for the use of the Fergie classic ‘London Bridge’.
4. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Dir Richard Linklater
“After her anxiety-ridden mother disappears (Cate Blanchett), 15-year-old Bee does everything she can to track her down, discovering her troubled past in the process,” reads the plot synopsis of Boyhood and Everybody Wants Some’s Richard Linklater’s latest. While in other hands this would more likely be played as a straight tense mystery (Gregg Araki’s thriller White Bird in a Blizzard has the same basic plot), this trailer makes Bernadette seem more like the perpetually cheery, human dramas it’s maker made his name with. Colour me curious.
5. Hellboy, Dir Neil Marshall
When the Hellboy reboot was announced, fans of the character were promised a movie which would straddle the line between comic book action and horror. Our hopes were further cemented when Neil Marshall was hired to direct, the man behind modern classics like The Descent, Dog Soldiers and Doomsday.
So imagine people’s bewilderment when this very generic trailer dropped which features a blue light beaming from the sky, pretty lame quips, a tag line which says ‘Save the World’ – all set to a Guardians of the Galaxy/Suicide Squad-esque pop song. Still, it’s not all bad. David Harbour looks great as Hellboy, and American Honey’s Sasha Lane seen briefly in the trailer rules. She plays a character of Irish descent who gained magical abilities after she was kidnapped by fairies as a baby. How about you lead with that in your trailer?