Thursday, 17 August 2017
So, two days after I watched the first trailer for Mother! Paramount Pictures offers us trailer #2, which seems to be called Wife.
Oddly, the word, "Wife!" doesn't sound as scary as the word, "Mother!" I can only leave it to psychologists to work out just why that would be.
But, the trailer, did it make any more sense to me than the first one did?
No it didn't.
It's basically ninety nine percent composed of Jennifer Lawrence walking around her house. I must confess that I spend lots of my time walking around my house and, fool that I am, it had never occurred to me that I could make that mundane feat into a journey into terror simply by adding an overwrought soundtrack to it. This inability to spot an opportunity is the reason I've failed to terrify anyone in my entire life. Needless to say, this lesson has now been learned and I shall be a nightmarish experience for anyone who meets me from now on.
Also needless to say, I remain none the wiser as to just what's going on in the film. But it still looks intriguing and I live with genuine hopes that watching it may turn out to be a decent, if gloomy, experience.
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
I know nothing about this film, other than that it has the sort of title that only miserable songs and horror films have.
Well, no one loves a good horror film more than me.
Come to think of it, no one loves a bad horror film more than me either. So here's where I click on the Play button and see what this video has to say for itself....
Well, that was all very intriguing. Mostly because I didn't have a clue what was going on. Obviously, it involves a house-moving, decorating and getting to know the locals. Beyond that, I can surmise nothing.
This is a good thing, as it forces me to see the film in order to fill the vast gaps in my knowledge.
Come to think of it, I don't even have a clue why it's called Mother! as there didn't seem to be any motheriness going on in it but it's good to see Michelle Pfeiffer still getting work after all these years, even if it means I have to Google her name to remind myself how to spell it. The suffering I have to go through to produce these posts.
Anyway, from what I've just seen, it would appear to be a film I'd like to see. Whether I'd enjoy it is hard to tell but I would definitely feel the urge to see it and, therefore, the trailer has done its job.
Monday, 14 August 2017
Them! Them! Them!
OK, I admit it, that was a sentence that didn't really go anywhere and had no reason for existing. But it does at least lead me into It Came From the Desert which, from what little we see of it, is clearly basically a remake of that 1950s classic.
Obviously, with modern technology, far more can be done with giant ants on the rampage than could be done back in those days.
But here's the odd thing. Looking at that trailer, the CGI doesn't look anything like as evocative, or as well done, as the wobbly giant puppets of the original.
The other warning sign is that it also appears to be based on an old video game and, as we all know, movies based on such games don't have a great track record.
That aside, it's one of those films that, given its subject matter, looks like it could be good fun - but I always take the view that you should look for what's not in a trailer, not what is in it, and the truth is that virtually everything is not in the trailer. We get very little of the movie shown to us, creating a very thin concoction indeed. To the cynical mind, this creates the impression that the film is somewhat lacking and they're trying to hide as much of it from us as is possible.
While I retain an open mind, I have my suspicions that this one is basically just a slightly prettier equivalent of those Syfy productions that litter up Freeview channels every day, as unwanted late-afternoon schedule filler.
Needless to say, as a lover of giant ants everywhere, I hope to be proven wrong.