It's been a helluva a few weeks for new horror movie trailers.
Debuting officially this month are the trailers for Richard (Donnie Darko) Kelley's The Box, Martin (Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, Goodfellas... c'mon REALLY? ) Scorsese's Shutter Island and Ruben (um... Zombieland) Fleisher's Zombieland all hit theaters in wide release this October. All seem to be mandatory Halloween Horror Viewing for October.
It's exciting to know that we'll have such a smorgasbord of scary this October.
And by the looks of the trailers, all seem to be great in their own way.
THE BOX (October 30th):
I'm not cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs over Donnie Darko like some are, but I admire and respect the film. Frank the Bunny is a terrifying image.
All that said this film, based on Richard Matheson's classic tale "Button Button," looks fantastic.
Frank Langella's look and presence seem creepily familiar, like a modern day The Tall Man from Phantasm or Father Merrin from The Exorcist.
And due to the subject matter, I'm sure it'll spurn lots of water cooler talk and "what if" conversations much like the buzz that surrounded Indecent Proposal.
SHUTTER ISLAND (October 2nd):
I don't know if you've heard of this guy Marty Scorsese but I think he's got a real future in the talkies.
But seriously folks... Mr. Scorsese hasn't really dipped his toe in the horror pool for some time (Cape Fear was over 18 years ago back in 1991) but Shutter Island definitely looks like he hasn't lost his touch. Part Session 9, part Shawshank Redemption-- oh and some actor named Leonardo DiCaprio-- I am really digging the look and feel of this.
ZOMBIELAND (October 9th):
Zombieland looks fun.
Woody Harrelson with a shotgun.
What else do you really need?
If this trailer accurately represents the tone of the film I think we're really in for a buddy comedy with zombies: or a budzomcom. An American version of Shawn of the Dead.
Yes please. Where may I line up, please?
All this PLUS the arrival of the long awaited DVD release of Mike Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat means October 2009 is shaping up to be quite the month for celebratin' Halloween horror.