Category Archives: TRAILERS

TRAILER: BLAIR WITCH and a look back at the beginning

meavatarjessKudos to all involved in the surprise Comic-Con revelation last week that a BLAIR WITCH sequel was on its way and hidden in plain sight! For the follow-up to a film that was itself partly the product of a new era in innovative online marketing, it was all the more appropriate that the unexpected third installment in the series arrived like a sneaky spirit of the woods, developed and produced largely in shadows, teased under a different title (THE WOODS), and then revealed at a convention screening that set the horror community and Internet ablaze with shock and excitement. While the audience sat in a room watching the surprise unfold before them, workers in the lobby were switching posters, and the truth was known; the Blair Witch was back. More after the original teaser for THE WOODS and two very similar posters…

The Original THE WOODS Teaser

THE WOODS and BLAIR WITCH Posters
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Back in ’99, I attended a press preview of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore (my hometown and still home base) and was struck by two things at the film’s end. One: it was a tight, claustrophobic thriller perfectly suited for a lights-out home-based Halloween night viewing with a cast that was trying a bit too hard to say the f-word every minute but otherwise good at conveying fear. It was not the second coming of horror the hype suggested, but it was good. Two: The other critics in the theater with me had no respect for the mood of the experience, “aww”ing and laughing the second the final shot cut to the credits. Come on, guys, let’s at least dwell in the moment!

On that first point, it’s worth noting that while I still don’t think the original BLAIR WITCH is as towering an achievement as some thought or think, it did indeed set a standard still being copied and riffed upon to this day as “found footage” films have become a go-to genre for horror. It was not the first such film, although some articles insist on repeating that lie (check out CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST for example), but it most certainly established the approach in the mainstream and created a pattern that would be duplicated countless times over the next 17 years.

THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT Trailer

One of my fondest journalistic memories from that time was taking a couple friends to Seneca Creek State Park in Maryland, home to most of the BLAIR WITCH PROJECT production, and shooting a photo-essay that ran on the EON MAGAZINE website (my editor was none other than SHARKNADO director Anthony C. Ferrante!). The movie was a phenomenon, and being a Marylander meant that we were all in some way a part of that; the folks that lived in Burkittsville sure wished they weren’t.

The first sequel all but killed the franchise dead with its attempt to be a bit too different from its predecessor, and yes we might as well take a look. Feel free to skip down if you just can’t see this again:

BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 Trailer

But those days are behind us. The arrival of the BLAIR WITCH “soft reboot” – a growing pop culture phenomenon in a post-FORCE AWAKENS and JURASSIC WORLD…well, world – and its accompanying stealth marketing offers us a glimpse of future surprises to come. I for one can’t wait to go into those dark and lonely woods once again…but I think I better pack some supplies in the back of the car just in case.

The Trailer for BLAIR WITCH

BLAIR WITCH is directed by Adam Wingard, whose previous horror credits include V/H/S, V/H/S/2, and YOU’RE NEXT. The surprise sequel arrives on September 16. And remember…”it’s not the same log!”

TRAILER: TRAIN TO BUSAN (Korean with English Subtitles)

meavatarjessIt’s always exciting when another zombie film pops up on the global map. With the apocalyptic genre spreading to every corner of the planet, we’re seeing new undead mayhem emerging from countries all around the world, and often from places that rarely if ever told zombie stories before.

TRAIN TO BUSAN, which pits survivors on a fast-moving bullet train up against a viral zombie outbreak, has already enjoyed some record-breaking success in Korea, and I’m looking forward to checking out this all-new action-packed undead adventure and sharing my review with you as soon as possible! We have the trailer and poster to show you, but first…

…A note on zombie history: TRAIN is being touted by some as the first Korean or first South Korean zombie movie, and all those horror sites should really check with the expert that co-authored ZOMBIEMANIA (that would be me). Three previous South Korean zombie films are:

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GOESHI (1981)
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THE ALIENS AND KONG KONG ZOMBIE (1989)
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Just saying. Anyway, here’s the subtitled trailer and poster for TRAIN TO BUSAN. From the trailer alone, this looks like a kinetic thrill ride with some wild zombie insanity; here’s hoping it lives up to the glimpses we see here!

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TRAILER: The Walking Dead Season 7 (with the Doctor of the Dead’s reaction)

meavatarjessSo by now many of you have already seen the new Season 7 trailer for THE WALKING DEAD debuted at the San Diego Comic-Con, but now the Doc is here to offer his reaction to what we’re seeing in this glimpse of the zombie-laden TV saga’s seventh year! First, here’s that trailer:

And now, how about we break it down western-style, since the show owes a lot to that genre…

THE GOOD

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The opening montage pulls at the heartstrings for sure, reintroducing all the players while making it clear how hard it’ll be to say goodbye to at least one of them in that S7 premiere. Once again the show makes a good use of music to underscore an emotional situation, and there’s Carol doing her cute “innocent Carol” bit once again. As for the usually-stellar zombie effects, Greg Nicotero and his team appear to be pushing the Walkers even further into decay in a variety of intriguing ways. There will doubtless be ongoing homages to zombies past, as well; that last shot of a horde of sand-encrusted undead even led DOCTOR OF THE DEAD producer/co-host Scott Woodard to say “those sand walkers are so Fulci at the end!” And then there’s the arrival of the Kingdom and King Ezekiel, which leads me to…

THE BAD

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…Shiva. We knew that Ezekiel’s tiger was going to be accomplished by CGI due to a variety of legitimate production reasons, but our first glimpse is…odd. Oh sure, it looks amazing, that’s not the problem; it’s just that Shiva really looks like he isn’t even in the same shot with Ezekiel, so the interaction between actors and computer-generated animal may not be all that convincing. Still, we shall see – this is only a trailer, after all!

THE UGLY

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By “ugly” here, I’m talking more about sad inevitability and an emotional roller coaster ride. We know Season 7 is going to kick off with a jarring death, and Negan’s arrival means the world of our heroes is about to get a whole lot uglier. I’ve talked on the DOTD podcast about the show’s unfortunate tendency to fall into cyclical storytelling, and so a lot of Negan’s over-confident glib dialogue does come off as just another variation on the Governor and other past antagonists. But let’s face it, Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a delight to watch, so although Negan will speechify like every other super-villain, perhaps it’ll be a bit less tedious to endure. I suspect it will also be harrowing!

THE WALKING DEAD Season 7 debuts on October 23 at 9pm on AMC. Invest in Kleenex now.

TRAILER: FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK

avatar-scottwoodardmeavatarjessAs even Leonard Nimoy had to admit eventually, he was Spock. But for so many of us, the man behind the ears was equally as fascinating.

We recorded a special episode of The G2V Podcast as a tribute to Nimoy shortly after his death, but now Nimoy’s son Adam has produced a documentary that serves as a truly moving homage to a man that brought joy – and logic – to the lives of millions of people. The official blurb for the film explains how it came to be:

The film’s focus began as a celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of Star Trek: The Original Series, but after Leonard passed away in February 2015, his son, director Adam Nimoy, was ready to tell another story: his personal experience growing up with Leonard and Spock. Adam not only shares details on the creation, evolution, and universal impact of Mr. Spock, but also about the ups and downs of being the son of a TV icon.

FOR THE LOVE OF SPOCK will be available on demand and in theaters starting September 9. Watch the trailer below, then plan to see the film. You can even pre-order it now via iTunes.

After all, it’s the logical thing to do…and the human thing to do too.

TRAILER: ASH VS. EVIL DEAD SEASON 2 Red Band Trailer Gives Us Some Sugar! [UPDATED 7/19/16]

meavatarjessRead on for the original article, but we’ve updated this post to include the all-new red band trailer and San Diego Comic-Con poster:

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[ORIGINAL POST] The Doc here, and long-time listeners of our DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast certainly know how much Scott and I absolutely loved the first season of ASH VS. EVIL DEAD! We watched every single episode with a smile plastered on our faces, and we often talked on the show about how this series was just an absolute gift to fans, something we could never have expected and couldn’t quite believe even existed!

Well it happened, it exists, and it was not only awesome but groovy enough to return for a second blood-drenched season of Deadite-destroying escapades. Welcome the Ghost Beaters back with this explosive Season 2 teaser! Bull-riding, felt puppets, and buckets of blood – what more could any EVIL DEAD fan ask for?

And here are the two official stills released so far; this team is ready for action!

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ASH VS. EVIL DEAD returns to the Starz channel this October.