Trailers

I don't understand one word in the "Dead Rising" trailer, well other than when they say "Dead Rising" but the rest is completely lost on me. What I do know is that the film is based on the much loved video game and it'll be hitting Xbox 360's marketplace sometime in the near future. I have no idea what language the final product will be in but from the looks of things a terrible voiceover isn't really going to hurt anything.

I feel like I just ran down the stairs on Christmas morning and found nothing under the tree. That's how disappointed I am after watching the trailer for "The Booby Trapper". Maybe it's just me but when I read a title like that I expect to see some… well you know. But alas, I present to you what looks to be a decent low budget slasher film set in the woods, nothing more. There's a couple campers, a killer and a cop hell bent on finding the madman. All things that might make this a good film if it hadn't gotten my hopes up so high with a title like "The Booby Trapper".

Tucker (Alan Tudyk, "Firefly", "Dollhouse") and Dale (Tyler Labine, "Reaper") are a couple of good 'ole boys spending the weekend with a few cold beers at their fixer-upper cabin in the woods. Camping nearby is a group of good-looking college kids who begin to believe that Tucker and Dale are a couple of horror movie cliche killer rednecks. The grits hit the fan and Tucker and Dale can't figure out why these preppy kids keep coming on their property to commit gory suicide. "Tucker & Dale vs Evil" could do for hillbilly slasher movies what "Shaun of the Dead" did for zombie movies.

"Splice" has the solid pedigree of coming from "Cube" director Vincenzo Natali and executive producer Guillermo del Toro. It stars Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody as geneticists who successfully engineer an new animal species - conveniently keeping under wraps that they've used human DNA to do so. The new genetic lifeform ages rapidly enough to have a reported sex scene with Adrien Brody. I haven't seen the adult monster design but so far there ain't nothing pretty about that mental picture, folks.

Remember that movie "Open Water" that came out a few years ago about the divers stuck in the middle of the ocean surrounded by sharks? "Hatchet" director Adam Green is probably hoping you don't because his new movie "Frozen" looks to be exactly the same idea, only with a chairlift over a desolate ski resort replacing the open sea and wolves standing in for the sharks. All cynicism aside, the real-life survival horror aspects of this could make this a fun "what would you do?" movie that will haunt skiers for years to come.

You know what all those Guy Ritchie movies have been missing? Vampires! I know it seems pretty obvious now that you think about it but it didn't dawn on me until this morning when I saw the trailer for "Dead Cert". The film follows the turf war between a bunch of London gangsters and a group of snooty businessmen who also happen to be vampires. Vampires are this decade's yuppies apparently.

"Dead Cert" has been showing at random festivals around the country and should find it's way to DVD sometime in late 2010. You can check out the trailer below.

When the rapist and murderer of his eight-year-old daughter is arrested, a successful surgeon kidnaps the man as he's being taken to the courthouse and spends seven days taking out his revenge while evading the police. Word on the French-Canadian film "7 Days" is that it is filled with extremely graphic scenes of the bereaved father using his surgical training as a method of torture. A very cool bonus about this movie is that on the day it premiered at Sundance (January 21) it was simultaneously made available to watch through the VOD service Sundance Selects.

And here I was thinking Croatia's only export was strippers and mail order brides. Egg on my face, huh! Go ahead and throw weird black and white movies that baffle the crap out of me to the list. For example the movie "Vektor", which originally I thought was about graphic design. Turns out it's actually about a young priest who returns to his home after a climate changing nuclear blast has turned the whole place to crap. Sounds familiar I know but the good news I there's no zombies.

The Sundance Film Festival has fully embraced genre film and some of the biggest and best releases of the next year are screening right now in Park City. Over the next few days we'll take a first look at the movies we'll be talking about in a few months.

The whole "trying to make zombies funny thing" is getting a little old, but the people behind "ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction" are giving it another shot. Does it work? From the trailer below I'd say no but then again what do I know. The film focuses on a sleepy little town that is overrun by zombies after toxic gas is unleashed on the US by our overseas enemies. On the surface this should be freakin' hilarious, but take a look at the trailer below and decide for yourself.

"ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction" will be a part of next week's After Dark Horrorfest 4.