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Relic: First Trailer For Acclaimed Horror Film Starring Emily Mortimer

Originally premiering at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the Midnight section, IFC Midnight has now unveiled the first teaser trailer for an acclaimed indie horror thriller titled Relic.

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Gundala: Explore Indonesia’s First Superhero Film!

From writer/director Joko Anwar comes an adaptation of Indonesia’s preeminent comic book superhero and his alter ego Sancaka. Well Go USA has released an official US trailer for the Indonesian superhero action movie Gundala.

Gundala follows the story of Sancaka, an orphan who lost his father during a riot, intertwined with Pengkor, an orphan who (also) lost his father during a riot. One got struck by lightning, the other got burned by fire. Starring Abimana Aryasatya as the heroic Gundala, and Bront Palarae as Pengkor, with Tara Basro, Ario Bayu, and Lukman Sardi. This is a badass superhero movie that fits perfectly into the midnight madness crowd that appeases both genre fanatics and arthouse lovers alike.

Check out both the US and International trailer for Gundala below:

Joko Anwar is the director of many films including Joni’s Promise, Dead Time, The Forbidden Door, Ritual, A Copy of My Mind, and Satan’s Slaves previously. He is Indonesia’s most prominent, contemporary director of modern genre films. Seriously, check out his Satan’s Slaves remake which strikes equal parts horror, fun, and esoteric heights. It’s a blast.

Gundala was created by Harya Suraminata in 1969.

Gundala

A total of 23 issues of the Gundala series were published between 1969 – 1982. But this isn’t the first time the character made it to the big screen. Gundala Putra Petri was directed by Lilik Sudjio in 1981. The setting was changed from the comics but remained faithful to Hasmi’s original comic on all other fronts.

Then in 2010, photographer and graphic designer Iskandar Salim created promotional material for an unmade Gundala film. Salim created official social media pages and a website, showcasing photos of what was allegedly the movie being made. The hoax caught the intention of producers and the notion of bringing Gundala to screens yet again started back up.

Gundala‘s intellectual property owner, BumiLangit Studios began developing the film as early as 2014 and took years before Joko Anway signed up as the writer and director in 2018. He admitted that the stress of bringing the superhero to screens was most challenging in the scriptwriting process. Spending seven months on the project, reworking the story in order to attract younger audiences to a character that was 50 years old now.

Gundala had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section this past September where head programmer Peter Kupowsky described the film as:

“[A] film that explores the origins of Gundala, Indonesia’s preeminent superhero, epically unfolds on screen in writer-director Joko Anwar’s latest film. A giant-size cinematic universe of comic-book characters whose astonishing exploits and uncanny abilities have for the past 50 years rivaled even those of “Earth’s mightiest heroes,” is ushered in with a magnificent scope and exhilarating action. Preserving the core premise of Harya “Hasmi” Suraminta’s popular series Gundala Putra Petir, Anwar shrewdly reconceives the source material to more relevantly reflect the country’s current socio-political milieu and uniquely soaks the ascension of this storm-fuelled warrior in a dread-filled atmosphere that recalls the director’s frequent forays into horror.”

The final film is one that is meant to entertain and open the floodgates to a planned eight films, which will be made through 2025. The eighth of those films, Patriots, is planned as an Avengers-style crossover, bringing the “Bumilangit Cinematic Universe” to its conclusion. Bumilangit Studios has the rights to more than 1,100 Indonesian comics characters who are going to be used to build a vast interconnected universe. That’s a lot of characters to play within a sandbox.

Check out a pair of posters for the film as well, which really leans hard into the Hero poses of MCU and DC movies alike:

Well Go USA will release Anwar’s Gundala direct-to-VOD in the US starting July 28th this summer.


Source: Well Go USA

Force of Nature: Mel Gibson vs. Old Age, Armed Robbers, and a Hurricane

Lionsgate has released an official trailer for the action-thriller Force of Nature, from director Michael Polish (Twin Falls IdahoNorthfork, The Astronaut Farmer), which is being released directly to VOD this summer.

An edge-of-your-seat action-thriller that explodes during a violent Category 5 hurricane. As disgraced cop Cardillo (Emile Hirsch) races to evacuate an entire apartment building, he comes across Dr. Troy (Kate Bosworth) and her retired detective father, Ray (Mel Gibson). When a murderous gang of thieves arrives to rob a wealthy tenant, they must join forces to battle the criminals and escape with their lives before the entire city is deep underwater.

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The Old Guard: Charlize Theron Is Netflix’s New Immortal Ass-Kicker

Netflix has unveiled the first official trailer for the epic action fantasy movie from director Gina Prince-Bythewood, based on the graphic novel series of the same name by Greg Rucka.

Forever is harder than it looks. Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (Kiki Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate & monetize their power by any means necessary.

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Antebellum: Janelle Monáe Time Travels To Slavery Era America

Lionsgate has released three trailers for the horror-thriller Antebellum, starring singer/actress Janelle Monáe so far and we finally have a pretty good idea what the film is about.

While the first two trailers have been vague with just what’s in store for audiences, the most recent third trailer reveals some of the most impressive shots so far. The synopsis only states Monae portrays modern-day author Veronica Henley who “finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality & must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.”

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Flash Gordon Returns With A New 4K Restoration Re-Release!

Studiocanal has debuted a new trailer for the 4K re-release (in the UK / Europe) of the camp sci-fi classic Flash Gordon.

Originally premiering in December of 1980, Flash Gordon was directed by English filmmaker Mike Hodges, who made Get Carter, Pulp, and The Terminal Man before making this film. The colorful adventure was Alex Raymond’s famous comic strip and blasted to life in what became a sci-fi cult classic.

When energy waves pull the moon out of orbit, New York Jets quarterback Flash Gordon unwittingly finds himself heading for the planet Mongo, where – with assistance from beautiful Dale Arden – he’ll take on Ming the Merciless and rescue humankind.

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Becky: Kevin James Is An Extremely Dangerous and Bearded Killer

Quiver Distribution and Redbox Entertainment have released the first trailer for the new thriller, Becky and it stars Kevin James as a murderous Nazi. This ain’t The King of Queens!

The film follows spunky and rebellious, Becky (Lulu Wilson) who is brought to a weekend getaway at a lake house by her father Jeff (Joel McHale) in an effort to try to reconnect. The trip immediately takes a turn for the worse when a group of convicts on the run, led by the merciless Dominick (Kevin James), suddenly invade the lake house. Becky, not daddy’s little girl anymore, decides to take matters into her own hands.

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Shirley Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Tackles Haunting Of Hill House Author In Twisty New Thriller

Neon has released the first trailer for Shirley, its Sundance Film Festival pickup that stars Elisabeth Moss and Michael Stuhlbarg.

The Josephine Decker-directed thriller is set in the mid-1960s and centers on Rose (Odessa Young) and Fred (Logan Lerman), a couple that moves to a small Vermont college town in pursuit of a job for Fred as an assistant professor of literature. They receive an offer for free room and board from professor Stanley Hyman (Stuhlbarg), as long as Rose agrees to spend time cleaning up the home and looking after his wife, acclaimed horror author Shirley Jackson (Moss). The ensuing psycho-drama becomes the inspiration for Jackson’s next work.

Check out the trailer for Shirley below:

The trailer showcases the film that displays one of Moss’ most gloriously demented performances to date. Moss has already delivered one of the year’s best performances thanks to her work in The Invisible Man, which debuted in theaters and hit PVOD in March. An actress who feels like she can do no wrong, this movie, in particular, finds her playing in a narrative full of spiraling musical melodies and twisting cuts. Moss also produced the film alongside the likes of screenwriter Gubbins, Christine Vachon of Killer Films, and former HBO Entertainment president Sue Naegle.

Shirley marks director Josephine Decker’s return after earning raves for Madeline’s Madeline. And also finds Decker marking new collaborations with cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Rams, Victoria) and composer Tamar-kali (Mudbound). Sarah Gubbins penned the script for the film, based on Susan Scarf Merrell’s 2015 novel of the same name.

Neon acquired Shirley for a low-seven figures deal when the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Auteur Filmmaking in Park City. Neon is coming off a bit of a hot streak. The studio is still riding high after Parasite‘s awards-season run that ended with a historic Best Picture Oscar win.

Shirley

Shirley hits VOD and digital on June 5.


Source: Neon