What happens when a movie trailer leaves you feeling violated?
It seems that everything old is new again. The movie industry it seems have completely given up on being original, with many of our latest and greatest being none other than rehashes of prior movies. Some of these are great, some are awful. I’m never really sure what I’m going to get. The upcoming Flatliners is no exception.
As a fan of the horror genre, the original Flatliners holds a special place in my heart. It was not a slasher movie, instead it brought a new story and new ideas to the genre. Sure, some of it may have seemed like dreams created by a certain burned man in a striped shirt, but it was new enough to keep my attention. Usually, horror movies are filled with no-name actors who’s career lasts slightly longer than their character’s lives in the movie. The 1990 movie was much different with stars Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, William Baldwin, Oliver Platt, and Kevin Bacon. Directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Michael Douglas, this was a much different type of horror movie.
Seeing the initial trailer for the new Flatliners, I had high hopes. Starring Ellen Page (Juno), Diego Luna (Rogue One), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), along with a return from Keifer Sutherland, it’s a cast of people we recognize that will be killing themselves off again for minutes at a time.
The latest trailer, has me rethinking my initial thoughts. The new trailer doesn’t really tell any of the story, instead just skipping between moment and moment with an underlying soundtrack that brings heavy breathing to a whole new level. Instead of giving a fright, or pushing my drive to see this movie, it just makes me feel as if I was the victim of a really bad prank phone call.
Yes Sony, my refrigerator is running.
Really, I had to go back and watch the original trailer one more time, just to be sure this was something I wanted to watch. And yes, I will be in theaters soon after it’s release date on September 29th to see the movie. I just hope I’m not sitting next to someone that breathes as loudly as this trailer did.