Theoretically, everyone in Hollywood is no more than seven degrees away from Kevin Bacon. Heck, I've got no Hollywood connections to speak of and I once figured out how I'm only six degrees away, which puts all of you within seven just by reading this. It's a fun little game, and I recently figured out that it can be applied to movie trailers as well, even when (or especially when) you remove Kevin Bacon from the equation. This week on Trailer Park it's Five Degrees of Trailer Separation. For example:

Halloween
I caught the preview of Rob Zombie's remake of Halloween prior to a showing of Grindhouse the other night. The image that really sticks with me is the new version of the Michael Meyers mask. It's still recognizably Michael but has a dirty and weathered look to it, and doesn't look quite as much like William Shatner as the original did. There are some interesting reinterpretations of classic scenes, like when we see a young Michael Meyers in a clown mask beating someone to death with a baseball bat, and someone (possibly Michael) wearing a bed sheet and glasses. We hear a line or two of Malcom McDowell's dialog in voiceover, which demonstrated to me that he was a great choice for the role of Dr. Loomis. I'm sure many are still crying blasphemy at the thought of a remake, but I've liked most of Zombie's work and I'm curious to see his take on the story. Cinematical's Scott Weinberg had this take on the trailer. And speaking of slasher films...

The Tripper
If nothing else, this trailer made me arch an eyebrow in Spock-like wonder at the idea of Jason Mewes and Paul Reubens being in the same film. Co-scripted and directed by David Arquette, this tale of a Ronald Reagan obsessed axe murderer who hates hippies on the loose at a large outdoor music festival would seem to have an effective mix of scares and laughs. Liberal and conservative ideologies are at war here, a prime example being the scene in which a woman proclaims that the wolves (or possibly wild dogs or something like that) that police are shooting at are God's creatures. The animals, of course, tear the woman to shreds. This looks like it could be fun. Erik Davis first mentioned this film here on Cinematical a little over a year ago. Check out the trailer for yourself...



And speaking of the Reagan era...

Kickin' It Old Skool
To be honest, I was expecting this to be a total waste of time, but after seeing the trailer I think Kickin' it Old School might actually, have a few things going for it. Jamie Kennedy plays a man who has been in a coma ever since a tragic break dancing accident in the 1980's. When he finally wakes up he is essentially a 12 year old boy in a thirty year old man's body. With his parents deeply in debt because of his medical bills, and his girlfriend about to marry his arch-nemesis, Kennedy's character must get the old break dancing team back together. I'm not clear on how this will help his situation, but there are some laughs in the trailer and the premise has comedic potential, even if the story seems formulaic. This trailer had me with the phrase "parachute pants are timeless." Here's what Scott thought. And speaking of Jaimie Kennedy...