This week’s roundup includes previews for the horror film Hereditary, heist thriller American Animals, and Jim Carrey’s ultra-moody Dark Crimes – you know, uplifting movies (not).
HEREDITARY (JUNE 8)
Holy hell, this second trailer is even scarier than the first. I recall feeling the same way when I watched the preview for The Quiet Place, but Hereditary may give me legit nightmares. What a stellar year so far for truly original horror movies.
The official premise for Hereditary really just explains it the best: “When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s (Toni Collette) family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.
Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell.” Um, please don’t sugar-coat it for us, whatever you do. Holy hell.
It also stars Gabriel Bryne and Alex Wolff… watch the trailer, if you dare.
AMERICAN ANIMALS (JUNE 1)
I’m all for a twisty heist-gone-wrong movie that’s based on a true story, especially when it sports a great cast. American Animals tells the story of four friends (Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson), who live pretty normal, albeit boring lives. In order to spice things up, the four guys decide to try to pull off one of the “most audacious art heists in US history.” There’s more to the official synopsis: “As the daring theft unfolds through each of their perspectives, each of them starts to question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives is simply a misguided attempt at achieving the American Dream.”
Judging from the trailer below, Peters and Keoghan are going to own this. Also, if you want to see how truly talented Keoghan is, check out the dark and weird The Killing of a Sacred Deer, from the same director of The Lobster.
DARK CRIMES (MAY 11)
This drama has apparently been on the shelf for a few years, which isn’t the best of signs, but looks like Jim Carrey’s deep, dark turn in this crime drama is finally getting a US release date. Based on the 2008 article True Crimes: A Postmodern Murder Mystery by David Grann, Carrey plays “a hard-boiled detective who becomes suspicious of an author when the incidents described in his hit novel resemble the inner-workings of an unsolved murder.”. Ah, sounds like a bit of Basic Instinct clearly without the sex. It also stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marton Csokas… check out the trailer.
HEARTS BEAT LOUD (JUNE 8)
And now for something much more lighthearted, we have the trailer for Hearts Beat Loud. The premise looks so endearing, centering on a father-daughter relationship. Nick Offerman plays an owner of a small record shop who still dreams of having a band – especially if that band includes his talented daughter (Kiersey Clemons). But she’s headed off to college soon and doesn’t really want to do the music thing anymore. He convinces her to write and record a song with him, for one last hurrah, and when he puts it online, it becomes a hit on Spotify. What happens next?
WLE’s Scott Menzel got a chance to see this little gem at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and raved about it (read his review). Now we can all watch the trailer and see how indeed delightful it probably is.
INCREDIBLES 2 (JUNE 15)
I’ll wrap it up with a new trailer for Incredibles 2, which brings a new adventure with the Parr family, aka the Incredibles. Here’s the official synopsis: “Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.” Watch the trailer!