Call them what you will -- progeny, small fry, rug rats -- this week it's all about the kids. Welcome to Trailer Park: The Ankle Biter edition.
This latest trailer has me stoked to see this Spanish language creep-fest. Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, produced by Guillermo del Toro, and positively reviewed by Cinematical's own Scott Weinberg, this looks like one worth seeing when it goes into limited U.S. release on December 28. The preview is light on plot details, but creepy as hell with enough atmosphere to get not just the horror fans excited but a more mainstream audience as well. A woman reopens the orphanage where she was raised, and her son develops relationships with some new "imaginary" friends. The boy soon goes missing and the plot is off and running. The kid with the bag over his head that you see several times in the trailer just gives me the willies (that's a good thing).
As is pointed out in the trailer, Bruges in in Belgium, a fact I was aware of, but only because part of a Harry Kumel's Daughters of Darkness takes place there. At any rate, be advised this is not a green band trailer and F-bombs (among other expletives) are hurled left and right. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson (Mad Eye Moody from the Harry Potter films) are two hit men who have been ordered by their boss (Ralph Fiennes) to lay low in Bruges after whacking a priest. Apparently two working class mobsters in Bruges is a bad fit, and cultural clashes and a disagreement with Fiennes leads to some fun bits. This one barely makes the cut for the Ankle Biter edition, but there's a pretty funny bit where Gleeson's character insults Fiennes' kids using the aforementioned "other expletives." I'll definitely be trying to find this when it goes into limited release on February 8. If you're going to be at Sundance this year, In Bruges will be the opening night selection. Here's Jessica's take on the trailer.