Dream House, Kill List, Rabbit Horror 3D, The Grandmasters, The Dark Knight Rises Trailers

Before I start this trailer post I have to say that I am enjoying Torchwood immensely although the CGI in the second episode was a let down. A real mixed bag of trailers this weekend culminating in two brilliant ones from the Far East. I’ve saved those two for last.

Dream House

Release date:  30th September 2011 (US)

Running time: N/A


Starring: Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts and Rachel

A couple move into a new house with their two children but find that it was the location of a murder. Sounds like Danny and Oxide Pang’s 2008 film, The Messengers.

Publisher Will Atenton (Craig) and his wife Libby (Weisz) move from Manhattan to a small New England town with their two daughters. Will and Libby soon find their new house has a dark history – it was the scene of a brutal murder of a mother and children and the town think the husband did it. Will decides to investigate with the help of a neighbour named Ann (Watts) but finds the parallels of the case with his circumstances, the stress of the investigation and the threat of the killer’s return causing great strain.

Kill List

Release date:  Friday 2nd of September

Running time: N/A

Director: Ben Wheatley

Starring: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Michael Smiley, Emma Fryer

A British film about hitmen. OH NO!, I hear you groan, but wait! This one has a lot of buzz behind it and the trailer builds a lot of suspense.


For ex-soldier turned hitman Jay (Maskell) it has been eight months after a disastrous job in Kiev left him physically and mentally scarred. Money is low and he is pressured by fellow hitman Gal (Smiley), into taking a new assignment which leads down a dark path that sends Jay into chaos as his life unravels amidst paranoia.


Rabbit Horror 3D

Release date:  17th of September 17th, 2011

Running time: N/A

Director: Takashi Shimizu

Starring: Hikari Mitsushima, Teruyuki Kagawa, Nao Omori, Tamaki Ogawa, Takeru Shibuya

A favourite director of mine and a favourite actress. Rabbit Horror 3D also has a favourite cinematographer – frequent Wong Kar-Wai collaborator, Christopher Doyle. The talent is awe-inspiring but what about the story?

The film follows a young boy whose family is falling apart around him and he develops a dangerous friendship with his stuffed plushy Rabbit after said plushy comes to life.

The trailer looks awesome. This is one film I’m excited about! I’m all for exploring the edges of reality and madness especially with Hikari Mitsushima.

The Grandmasters

Release date:  It’ll be ready when it’s done!

Running time: N/A

Director: Wong Kar-wai

Starring: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Zhang Yiyi, Song Hye-Kyo, Chang Chen, Zhao Benshan, Julian Cheun Chi-lam, Cung Le.

This film is a biopic about Ip Man, Bruce Lee’s sifu (master). There have been quite a few recently but what makes this film interesting is the director. I have long been a fan of Wong Kar-Wai – since high school – and although some critics like David Thomson are sniffy about his work I can’t get enough of it. Although Wong Kar-Wai is associated with character study, romance and drama this wouldn’t be the first film he has done with martial arts so it’s not totally new territory. Furthermore, the film has fight choreography from Yuen Woo-ping. The trailer has it all really, Tony Leung, stylish fights, slow-motion and rain. I can’t wait!


The Dark Knight Rises

Release date:  N/A

Running time: N/A

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Marion Coltillard, Jospeh Gordon-Levitt

Quite the cast list – a lot of Inception chaps – I actually like the theatre repertoire feeling of these familiar actors. I also like the fact that Nolan has turned Batman from a superhero movie into a crime thriller. Gone are the gaudy Schumacher days and the gothic sensibitily of Burton in favour of grit and realism. I loved The Dark Knight but felt it was much too long. Here’s the trailer:

Link of the Week

Whilst doing some research into anime heroines I came across this sweet little site that has catalogued games from the classic consoles of yesteryear. Primarily concerned with Japanese games, it’s a treasure trove!


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