When I found that Starbuck and Amy Pond were going to be in a horror movie together, it was like all my little dreams had finally come true. And then I saw the trailer.
To be fair, this is just a teaser, and it doesn’t give you much of the story. But it also doesn’t give you much of Katee Sackhoff, which seems like a bad idea when you know she’s going to be a big draw for the science fiction crowd. Also, that blood is just . . . um. Does it really look like that in the movie? I was glancing at the comments section on io9, where they also posted this trailer, and somebody asked if the evil mirror was leaking hair dye. It seems like a fair question.
Maybe a better trailer will come out, and I’ll be more excited, but this teaser is kind of leaving me cold.
Now this, on the other hand, looks genuinely kind of creepy. Also, it’s directed by a woman, which is exciting, considering how few female horror directors there are in the business. I hope this isn’t all going to turn out psychological — I can’t tell you how boring I find the ‘I’ve been crazy this whole time’ twist. But I don’t think it will, and I’m interested in this, if for no other reason than ‘babadook’ is an awesome name for a childhood monster.
Okay, this is a pretty spectacular teaser trailer. I will give it that. I am actually a little more interested in this movie. But . . . I still have some reservations, mostly because I just can’t seem to figure out what the tone of this film is going to be. It looks like we’re getting Maleficent’s side of the story, which is cool and all, but . . . it’s not like she’s going to win, right? I mean, this is a Disney film. I’m not exactly expecting them to kill Sleeping Beauty. So, are we going to change the ending, and have her and Sleeping Beauty ultimately working together? Cause that’s kind of interesting, but also sounds pretty awkward. (“Sorry, I cursed you and all. Besties?”) Or will Maleficent remain a villain, and die at the end, and everyone will be like, ‘Wow. That’s a surprisingly depressing Disney film. Maleficent was way cooler than Sleeping Beauty.’
At least one thing’s for sure: Angelina Jolie should be a bazillion times better as Maleficent than Charlize Theron was as the Wicked Queen. I mean, it’s hard to imagine how she could be much worse.
A Long Way Down
Hey, I read this book, like, a decade ago. Ultimately, I didn’t like it, but I can’t entirely remember why now. I think I might have been frustrated with all the characters. I figured I could be interested in seeing it as a movie anyway, but I can’t say I’m too jazzed about this particular trailer. The basic idea — four suicidal people meet on the same roof and form a pact not to kill themselves for a little while — interests me, and there are some good actors in this cast. Unfortunately, the tone of this trailer ultimately swings too heavily towards ‘inspirational’ for my liking and ends up feeling a bit cheesy. It’s a rental at best.
And finally . . . Penny Dreadful
Yay, a teaser for a show on a channel I don’t have access to! IMDB’s summary: “Some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula. become embroiled in Victorian London.” (Wow, the typos and overall grammar in that summary . . . and I thought I needed a proofreader.)
So . . . hopefully a more successful League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, then? Could be interesting.