Killing Them Softly
As for another action thriller, we have the brilliant first trailer for Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly, previously titled Cogan’s Trade, as he returns to work once more with Brad Pitt in the lead role following 2007’s The Assassination of Jesse James. After debuting at Cannes earlier this year to very positive reviews, the new trailer will show you exactly why. With Dominik directing from his own script, adapted from the original novel by George V. Higgins, the film follows Jackie Cogan (Pitt) who is called in by the Mob when their poker game is knocked off by petty thieves. Under the eye of a mysterious driver, Jackie must track down and punish those responsible for the heist. Also starring Scoot McNairy, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, and Slaine, the film is set to be released on 21st September.
Bart Layton’s upcoming thriller The Imposter has a new trailer too, which opens up the films premise of the unsettling of 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, the boy has been found thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling kidnap ordeal. His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances – but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas. Though the family accepts him, suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas, leaving the family with many questions about who this man is and what really happened to their son. The Imposter is set to be released on 24th August.
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
We also have a number of horror trailers this week. First up is Michael J. Bassett’s sequel to 2006’s Silent Hill, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, both of which are adaptations of Konami’s survival-horror video game. This time following Adelaide Clements in the lead, the film follows her character Heather and her father (Sean Bean) who have been on the run, always one step ahead of a dangerous force that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by horrific nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she’s not who she thinks she is, as she is led into the demonic world of Silent Hill that threatens to trap her forever. The new trailer reminds us of some of the horrific characters from the game and the first film that will make this worth watching. Also starring Adelaide Clements, Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Radha Mitchell, and Malcolm McDowell, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is set to be released on 31st October.
Paranormal Activity 4
Another horror sequel with its first trailer is the fourth film in the Paranormal Activity franchise. With co-directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman back behind the camera, 19th October will see the release of Paranormal Activity 4 to make Halloween that little bit more scary once again. Directed from a script by Zack Estrin, continuing on from Oren Peli’s original 2009 big hit, the film sees the return of Katie Featherstone, this time alongside Dianna Agron (Glee). The trailer for this explains a little more about how the film follows on from the previous three films, but I guess we’ve all already made our minds up about this franchise.
A Night in the Woods
As for another hand-held camera horror, we have the first trailer for Vertigo Films’ latest horror, A Night in the Woods, which stars Scoot McNairy (Argo), Anna Skellern (W.E.) and Andrew Hawley. Directed by BAFTA nominated Richard Parry, the film follows the trio of actors who intend to go on a fun camping trip in the atmosphere of the legendary haunted past of Dartmoor’s Wistman’s Woods. Bad moods and minor disagreements rapidly lead to feelings of severe paranoia, sexual tension, fear and, eventually, violence between the three friends, a situation that worsens as the evening draws in, and as night closes upon them each begin to wonder if darker forces are at work. The trailer is very much what you would expect of this type of film, but the actors seem to give pretty strong performances. A Night In The Woods is set to be released on 7th September.
House At The End Of The Street
And finally, we have the third trailer for Mark Tonderai’s upcoming horror House At The End Of The Street. Directed from a script by David Loucka and based on an original story by Jonathan Mostow, the film is a twist on the familiar horror story of a family – Elisabeth Shue (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) and Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) – who move into a house and things start to go badly wrong. In this case, it turns out that he house next door was the scene of a brutal murder, where the only survivor still resides. The new trailer shows that this horror might actually have a decent story line behind it, but even if it didn’t Lawrence sure makes it worth watching. Also starring Max Thieriot and Nolan Gerard Funk, House at the End of the Street will be released on 21st September.