The holidays are inescapably upon us, so I find myself thinking of my weekly search for new trailers as a mad dash through the snowy New England countryside on a horse-drawn sleigh, searching for noteworthy previews, each providing a clue that leads me to the next. Granted, you won't actually find movie trailers in the New England countryside but bear with me people, it's a metaphor. Yes, perhaps I've had too much eggnog, and I've definitely watched too many Christmas specials, but this week I hope you'll join me as Trailer Park takes us Dashing Through the Snow.
Lordi. No, I'm not expressing dismay, that's the name of the Finnish rock band this horror film is built around. Monika mentioned back in April that this was on the way and now we've got a teaser and a full trailer. A father pulls his autistic daughter out of her doctor's care, but on the way down in the hospital elevator, father and daughter along with several others find themselves exiting onto a floor of the hospital that shouldn't exist. The place is littered with bodies, and demons (presumably members of the Gwar-esque band) lurk in the shadows. It looks pretty cool, though a possible resemblance to Silent Hill has me a little worried. I'm always up for a good creep out, though, so I hope to get a chance to see this. For now, it's being released in Finland on February 8, but I imagine we'll be seeing it here in the states eventually. And speaking of "dark"...
The Dark Knight
The full length Dark Knight trailer has finally arrived and I have to say it's got me pretty stoked for the caped crusader's return. The voice over by Heath Ledger as The Joker refers to both hero and villain as freaks, recalling similar dialogue from the Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, but this Clown Prince of Crime takes things in a whole new direction. He's grimier and less goofy than Jack Nicholson's take on the character. Many of the familiar faces from Batman Begins are here, and though there's a quick glimpse of that film's batmobile, this Batman seems to prefer a suped up science fiction motorcycle. Looks awesome and it hits U.S. theaters on July 18. Here's Ryan's take on the trailer. And speaking of comic book adaptations...
a href="http://media.movies.ign.com/media/041/041373/vids_1.html">Hellboy II: the Golden Army
The awesomeness here is somewhat tempered, as the big tenctacled beastie you see Hellboy fighting at the end of the trailer is a less than stellar example of CGI, but I'm hoping that will be taken care of before the July 11 release. Ron Perlman is back as the red-skinned hellspawn who, along with his supernatural sidekicks, have got humanity's back in the war with evil. David Hyde Pierce isn't doing the voice of Abe Sapien this time, and personally I'll miss it, but judging by the trailer Hellboy II has a lot else to offer. And speaking of CGI...
This new full length trailer starts off with an interesting and downright cute variation on the animated Pixar logo. The titular robot Wall-E rolls into frame, changes the light bulb in the desk lamp that forms the "I" in "Pixar," and pats the lamp on the head. Wall-E is a trash compacting robot, who has spent 700 years alone on an Earth full of refuse. There are some nice bits here with the robot discovering everyday objects in the trash -- a bra, a fire extinguisher, a car alarm remote -- that are totally alien to him. Like the teaser trailer, this one is light on plot details, but this time we see Wall-E taking off to the stars attached to a gigantic space ship. No doubt this has something to do with him finding his true purpose, because as the tagline says: "After 700 years of doing what he was built for - he'll discover what he's meant for." The preview is a winner, and given Pixar's track record I'm betting the film will be both funny and poignant. Here's what Christopher Campbell thought of the trailer. And speaking of funny...
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
More laughs (hopefully) from producer Judd Apatow. This one is written by and stars Jason Segel as a man who is devastated when his girlfriend dumps him. He takes a trip to Hawaii to console himself but finds his ex and her new guy staying in the same hotel. There's plenty of the signature Apatow adult humor and will probably appeal to fans of Superbad and Knocked Up. For everyone else, there's Kristen Bell in a bikini, which can never be a bad thing. This one hits theaters on May 30. Here's Erik's take on the trailer.
And check out this week's new trailers over at AOL Moviefone:
- Semi-Pro - WIll Ferrell stars as a 1970s basketball star determined to make his team worthy of joining the NBA. Check it out right here:
- Poughkeepsie Tapes - Fake documentary composed of footage supposedly shot by a serial killer.
- Mamma Mia! - Feature adaptation of the Broadway musical that featured the music of ABBA.
- He Was a Quiet Man - Christian Slater plays a man whose life changes after he stops a gunman from shooting up the office where he works. Have a look for yourself:
- Nanking - Documentary about the 1937 rape of Nanking in which actors including Woody Harrelson and Mariel Hemingway read from letters and diaries of people who risked everything to protect the lives of many.
- Kit Kittredge: American Girl - Set during the great depression, this one stars Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin as a young girl with dreams of becoming a reporter.