Trailer Time: Dylan Dog: Dead of Night – April 29, 2011

How is it that a) I’ve never heard of Dylan Dog, which seems to be based on a comic book and b) I’d never seen anything on this film? The Dylan Dog film looks funny and dark so why have they kept it under wraps until now?

Starring Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Sam Huntington (Syfy’s Being Human, Superman Returns), and Anita Briem (The Tudors, Journey to the Center of the Earth), this looks like a cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Shaun of the Dead. And honestly, I’m on board!

DYLAN DOG: DEAD OF NIGHT is a new horror/comedy film based on one of the world’s most popular comics (60 million copies worldwide). Brandon Routh stars as Dylan Dog, world famous private investigator specializing in affairs of the undead. His PI business card reads “No Pulse? No Problem.” Armed with an edgy wit and carrying an arsenal of silver and wood-tipped bullets, Dylan must track down a dangerous artifact before a war ensues between his werewolf, vampire and zombie clients living undercover in the monster infested backstreets of New Orleans.

Question: What do you think? Have you read the comic? What do you think of the trailer? Will you see the film?

–Fitz

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Trailer Time: Insidious – April 1st, 2011

Hey there…

I’ve never been a huge horror fan. Far too many of the horror films of the last 20 years have swayed to the slasher flick, with gratuitous sex and violence slammed together with buckets of gore. Though the “startle” on screen is a useful exercise (like jumping out at someone and saying “boo!”), it gets old after a while and I find myself rooting for the bad guy.

One recent exception to this trend was The Strangers back in 2008, which used subtlety and the real-life potential of crazy, homicidal people to great effect. I don’t typically get scared by films, but I have to say that one disturbed me more than a little.

When I was growing up, I loved the combination of imaginative effects and a solid story. Movies like Poltergeist (was it just me or was Tangina more than a little scary all by herself?), the original Amytiville Horror took the concept of a haunted house and made it such that to this day I’m not a fan of even local haunted houses on Halloween. I’ll admit it – I don’t mind being scared in my own home, but being scared in public just doesn’t do much for me.

Insidious looks like an interesting cross between the child in Poltergeist with the haunted house aspects of Amytville Horror. This one comes from the writer-director team behind the Saw series and the filmmakers behind Paranormal Activity. Evidently in this case, a family moves to get out of a haunted house only to find when they move to the next house that it wasn’t their house that was haunted…

Insidious stars Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins and Barbara Hershey and will hit theaters on April 1st, 2011. I have to say this one might actually be scary!

–Fitz

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Trailer Time: Battle: Los Angeles – New, Intense Trailer!

I have a love/hate relationship with movie trailers. On the one hand, I love getting little flashes of visuals from upcoming movies to whet my appetite. But I hate having things spoiled for me. So there’s a fine line between “good” trailers and “bad” trailers.

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This new trailer for Battle: Los Angeles has to be one of the most intense I’ve seen in a long time. I actually cringed when the helicopter is shot down and Aaron Eckhart runs out of a building with a child in hand…

It’s that kind of “reality” in a science fiction film that I can really get into.

Now I’m getting excited about this film… March 11, 2011 is a ways off, but Battle: Los Angeles looks worth the wait.

Here’s the synopsis:

For years, there have been documented cases of UFO sightings around the world — Buenos Aires, Seoul, France, Germany, China. But in 2011, what were once just sightings will become a terrifying reality when Earth is attacked by unknown forces. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. It’s up to a Marine staff sergeant and his new platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered before.

And here’s the new trailer:

–Fitz

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