“Trailer Talk” rounds up recently released trailers for upcoming and anticipated movies.
Trailer Talk takes on a thriller-horror vibe this week with new trailers out for “Joker,” “Annabelle Comes Home” and “The Dead Don’t Die.”
The DC Extended Universe is branching out. Warner Brothers/DC Comics seems to have found more success with films that stand apart from their attempt at a unified movie universe, such as “Aquaman” and this weekend’s new release “Shazam!,” which has been getting a lot of positive buzz. Now comes “Joker,” a standalone movie that focuses on the origin of one of the most iconic villains in comic book, TV and film history.
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” doesn’t fit the mold of your typical special effects-laden comic book film. Judging by the unsettling trailer, the film looks like a character study that examines the Batman villain’s descent into madness. The trailer gives off Martin Scorsese vibes as Phoenix’s itineration appears to transform from a struggling comedian into a murderous psychopath. There’s even a disturbing moment where Phoenix’s character, Arthur Fleck, forces a smile onto the face of a young boy (is that you, Bruce Wayne?).
How will Phoenix’s version of the classic villain hold up against previous portrayals of the character? We’ll found out when “Joker” hits theaters Oct. 4.
“Annabelle Comes Home”
She’s ba-ack. The demonic doll returns in the seventh (!) entry in the “Conjuring” Universe and the third film in her own franchise.
After the solid prequel “Annabelle: Creation” traced the creepy doll’s beginnings, the new film shows Annabelle behind glass at the home of married demon hunters Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga in a welcome return). But the doll won’t be contained for long. This time, she’ll be terrorizing the Warrens’ daughter, Judy (Mckenna Grace, recently seen as a young Carol Danvers in “Captain Marvel”) and her babysitters.
The frightening trailer reveals that Judy shares her mother’s clairvoyant gift. But will it be enough to survive the night? Also, the final scene in the trailer is pure nightmare fuel.
“Annabelle Comes Home” enters theaters June 28.
“The Dead Don’t Die”
The star-studded horror-comedy looks to offer a fresh take on the zombie genre. “Zombieland” veteran Bill Murray partners with Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny to fight off the undead when zombies take over their small town. Joining the fight is a katana-swinging Tilda Swilton, channeling the Ancient One from “Doctor Strange.”
The impressive cast also features Steve Buscemi, Selena Gomez, Iggy Pop, Carol Kane, Danny Glover and Rosie Perez.
“The Dead Don’t Die” staggers into theaters June 14.
Rebecca Kivak and Joe Baress write about movies for Take 2 blog. Together, they review current flicks and offer their insights into the latest movie news. Rebecca is a copy editor and page designer at The Times-Tribune. She started her career with Times-Shamrock Newspapers in 2005 and has won several professional journalism awards for page design and headline writing. She also covers NASCAR races from Pocono Raceway. Contact: email@example.com; 570-348-9100 x5126; @TTRebeccaKivak