After bringing our poll back from the dead, I’ve finally resurrected Trailer Watch too after realising that the last post was in February 2012! It’s an odd bunch of trailers this time around so let’s look at what’s coming out over the next few months.
Argento’s Dracula 3D
Director: Dario Argento
Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Marta Gastini, Asia Argento, Rutger Hauer
Oh Dario Argento, whatever happened? OK, so his films always had flaws in terms of narrative, performance and dialogue, but they had style and they had atmosphere. This seems to have all and neither respectively. It looks incredibly cheap and dated, laughably hammy and just plain hackneyed. This doesn’t look to be a new take on the Dracula story, just a shoddy rehash of what we’ve seen done better in the past. Argento’s downward spiral continues.
Approved For Adoption
Directors: Laurent Boileau, Jung
Cast: Maxym Anciaux, Cathy Boquet, Mahé Collet
This looks like an interesting one. Approved For Adoption is an animated biography based on Jung’s graphic novel which tells of his life as a South Korean orphan living with a family in France. The unusual style mixes muted hand-painted imagery with 3D animation and looks lovely. The film itself looks like it might be a little too sentimental, but should hopefully be unique and warm enough to win people over.
Last Days on Mars
Director: Ruairi Robinson
Cast: Liev Schreiber, Romola Garai, Elias Koteas
This British sci-fi horror looks like pretty standard fare. The empty, dusty expanses of the surface of Mars look to be put to good use, but there’s a shot in the middle which is far too reminiscent of Alien and it looks to be your standard monster/slasher movie by the end. Saying that, it looks classy enough and boasts a reasonable cast, so if the scares work it could be a decent space-set chiller.
Director: Peter Segal
Cast: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin
Do you remember the talk on the internet a few months ago about a possible Rocky vs. Raging Bull (well, Jake La Motta) film? Grudge Match is the result. Pitting Sylvester Stalone against Robert De Niro as two rival boxers now well past their sell by date who agree to put on a long overdue grudge match, this plays the absurd situation for laughs thankfully. I say thankfully, but I’m not sure how funny this is actually going to be. The trailer wasn’t as bad as I expected to be honest, but it still looks pretty cringeworthy. If only De Niro would grow old a bit more gracefully. Stallone can be let off as I quite enjoy the Expendables movies.