Thursday, July 1, 2010

Trailer Roundup: Horror Edition

First off, I would like to preface this with announcing that this is my 100th post! Yay milestones! I'm not really one for horror, namely because many horror movies nowadays rely on the same jump-shock scares that were surprising the first time, but now have grown old, as well as weak stories and pathetic, one-dimensional characters that are never meant to be anything other than victims and screamers. But trailers for two moderately-interesting projects were released this weekend, Paranormal Activity 2 and Let Me In. Paranormal Activity 2 is, of course, the sequel to last year's no-budget hit. The trailer doesn't show too much, mostly using audience reaction shots of the first along with that same Micah-gets-thrown-across-the-room scene that I can't for the life of me remember actually being in the movie. Here's the trailer: The trailer (and the film itself) has a few things working in its favor. I was surprised by how good the first Paranormal Activity was. It was a refreshing take on horror, drawing endless comparisons to The Blair Witch Project (not a bad thing) with its camcorder footage purported to be true. But it was also very well-acted, written, and directed, setting up writer/director Oren Peli as a talent to watch. Unfortunately, Peli is not returning to this sequel, and supposedly neither is the original cast (though the woman at the end does look like Katie Featherstone, it would be hard for them to return considering the original's ending). But this trailer has some nice moments, especially if you really look at the last shot and listen as the title is displayed. It's quite creepy, which is always good. I'm also intrigued by the use of multiple security cameras for the footage in this film: what sorts of things could we see? This one is a possibly see for me. Let Me In is the American remake of the phenomenal Swedish vampire drama Let the Right One In. Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moritz of The Road and Kick-Ass, respectively, star as the boy and the vampire he falls in love with, respectively. The trailer is here: I'm against this one out of principle. Even the original's director, Tomas Anderson, is against the remake. The trailer seems to amp up the gore of the original, which makes me shudder, and seems to be a lot less subtle as well. As much as I enjoyed what director Matt Reeves did with Cloverfield, this doesn't seem as good. This version does seem to have one thing going for it, though: the cast. Smit-McPhee and Moritz have turned in fantastic performances in their respective aforementioned films, and the always-reliable Richard Jenkins is playing Moritz's handler. Otherwise, though this does not have much in its favor. I think I'm going to pass on this one. What do you think? Are these worth seeing? Comment please.


Simon said...

Let Me In looks blessedly shot-for-shot, or at least scene-for-scene.

Also, hazzah 100!

The Man Behind The Curtain said...


But see, that's the thing about Let Me In: if it is indeed a shot-for-shot remake, then what's the point of remaking it? I can understand wanting to bring it to American audiences without subtitles, but still. If the cast can turn in great performances, maybe it'll be worth it.