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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Monstrous teasers hint that some things wicked this way come

Sequels have yet to emerge from such monster-iffic hits as Cloverfield and District 9, but the films have spawned imitators to mess with your heads. Thanks to clever filmmakers and technical advances, awesome creature features can be affordable in one of my favorite cinema trends of our time. These films specialize in enigmatic teaser trailers that only hint at the beasties to come. With three coming up, the stories may be drastically different, but the quasi-documentary vibe and sense of dread are almost identical.

Monsters (Oct. 29, 2010). A photojournalist and his boss's daughter attempt to make their way through part of Mexico quarantined from the United States thanks to an alien infestation. Compared to the $25 million budget for Cloverfield and $30 million for District 9, this British sci-fi film was made for practically nothing ($15,000 in some reports). Expect it to share District 9's political sensibility as well.

Skyline (Nov. 12, 2010). This time, hostile aliens launch devastating attacks from above like nothing you've seen before. The Brothers Krause previously helmed Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, and their next effort looks more like a Roland Emmerich-style sci-fi disaster.

Super 8 (Summer 2011) Practically nothing is known about this mystery project, co-written and directed by Cloverfield producer J.J. Abrams, although it allegedly is intended to pay homage to the Steven Spielberg thrillers of the 1970s. The trailer hints that something unhuman escapes from the crash below, but maybe it's an angry hobo or a circus bear, I dunno.

Mark my words: when the trailer breaks for The Thing (Apri 29, 2011), the prequel/remake of John Carpenter's 1982 gorefest, it'll be just like these.

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