It's been quite a while since I did a trailer round-up, so I thought I'd bring it back with a small taste of what to expect in the first quarter of 2017! Now sit back and prepare for a quick glance into fantastical worlds containing advanced artificial intelligence, giant apes and monsters, killer board games, and an ongoing race war between werewolves and vampires! Enjoy!
TRAILER #1: BEYOND THE GATES
Release Date: December 9, 2016 (Limited Theatrical Release + VOD)
I stumbled across this trailer quite by accident, and I'm glad I gave it a watch because this movie looks quite promising! Barbara Crampton stars in this Horror-themed version of JUMANJI, in which a pair of estranged brothers meet up to liquidate the assets of their missing father's video store. While pouring through their dad's office, they come across a mysterious board game called "Beyond the Gates." Out of sheer curiosity they begin playing it, and soon discover that they have to finish it in order to saves themselves, and their father!
TRAILER #2: GHOST IN THE SHELL
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Scarlett Johansson stars as The Major, a cyborg police officer that battles criminals and hackers in this visually stunning live-action adaptation of the popular Manga series. It has a very BLADE RUNNER feel to it, and I totally dig the remix of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence." It seems that great pains were made to keep this movie visually authentic, and after watching the trailer I'm ready to give GHOST IN THE SHELL a chance next March!
TRAILER #3: JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK
Release Date: February 7, 2017 (Direct to DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital)
When a supernatural threat looms over the world, the Justice League calls in some backup: Etrigan the Demon, John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, and Swamp Thing! DC's new animated adventure looks kind of cool, and it is nice to see some love being given to characters we don't see all that frequently. (Seriously, like 90% of DC's animation and live-action output is Batman and Superman oriented.)
TRAILER #4: KONG - SKULL ISLAND
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Legendary has now teamed with Universal to build a new giant monster cinematic universe that will culminate in a rematch between King Kong and Godzilla! With Godzilla successfully rebooted here in the U.S., the next step will be next year's KONG: SKULL ISLAND. In this Kong reboot(?), Vietnam era U.S. soldiers lead a research team onto the mysterious Skull Island, only to find that it is populated by giant insects, prehistoric monsters, and an enormous primate that is worshiped as a god! Though full of spoilers, the latest trailer shows us a film that holds a lot of promise, with a multitude of monstrous creatures, and a rather impressive cast. This is one movie that I am super excited for next year!
TRAILER #5: UNDERWORLD - BLOOD WARS
Release Date: January 6, 2017
Just when you thought it was dead, the UNDERWORLD series returns and offers up more of the same! Selene (Kate Beckinsale) attempts to end the feud between Lycans and Vampires once and for all, when a new threat emerges. Can she stop the new, and seemingly unstoppable Lycan leader by obtaining new powers? Well... yeah, probably. Personally I'm shocked that this particular franchise is still going (never underestimate the power of Kate Beckinsale wearing tight leather), but if anything, this movie can't possibly be as bad as the last one. Could it?
That's all I've got for you this time Vault Dwellers, but definitely check back soon for more trailers, Blu-ray news, and more!