Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.
It was the more comedic approach to the last Horns trailer that finally got me on board with the idea of Daniel Radcliffe donning a set of horns, but even though the comedy is long gone in this version, the editors do manage to find a new way to make it work. This trailer highlights the film’s suspense and violence, making a convincing case that Horns could be an excellent Halloween-time option. Thanks to the romance-heavy opening, the rather vicious and unsettling trailer-ending montage and all of the interesting, engaging story details in between, the piece winds up delivering a comprehensive sense of the story with a powerful build while also suggesting Horns will be a rip-roaring, eccentric and entertaining watch, too.
At this point, it's somewhat fair to completely dismiss a movie when you hear that it’s horror and shot shaky-cam style, but don’t do that to The Pyramid! The story is surprisingly original, it features some really impressive talent and the visuals are stunning as well. The opening bit does feel a little too familiar (and probably because the narration sounds so similar to what we get in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), but as soon as we meet the main players and find out what they’re up to, it’s all fun, fresh stuff. It’s a nice surprise to see someone like Denis O’Hare take the lead in a found-footage horror film, the actual found footage is quite beautiful and very well composed, and the whole concept is something we haven’t really seen before.
Amityville: The Awakening
Similar to The Pyramid, don’t write off Amityville: The Awakening for being yet another horror sequel. The original Amityville Horror is a great film, but it’s never been one to make me eager for sequels quite like Friday the 13th, Texas Chainsaw or Halloween, just to name a few. All of the installments within those franchises are a bit repetitive, but the core idea of Amityville is especially limiting – new folks move into the house, there are bumps in the night, someone starts to go crazy and that’s that. Amityville: The Awakening, however, seems like it has a shot at spicing that familiar situation up while still maintaining a connection to the original material.
This new trailer for Stephen Daldry’s Trash does feel a bit like a wannabe Slumdog Millionaire, but the three leads are so likable and their situation rocks this Goonies-like vibe that’s so infectious, it’s impossible not to give in and enjoy it. The material does get a little darker and much more dangerous in the second half of the trailer, but between the bright visuals and the fun, infectious beat of that song in the background, by the time the trailer wraps up it’s brimming with warmth and hope again.
What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?
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