I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Grim tales, growing pains, taking flight

Join us every week for a trip into the weird and wonderful world of trailers. Whether it’s the first teaser for the latest installment in your favourite franchise, an obscure preview for a strange indie darling, whether it’s good, bad, ugly or just plain weird – your favourite pop culture baristas are there to tell you what they think.

Julie: From the novel by Stephen King, adapted for HBO by Richard Price, we have The Outsider and it looks dark. Terrence Maitland is arrested for the unspeakable murder of a child: Frankie Peterson. But the evidence is contradictory.This looks like an even darker (and possibly supernatural) version of True Detective, and if the previewers are any judge, it is going to rock. Lovers of the “slow and spooky” or even the downright lugubrious might want to keep an eye on this one.

Mege: Mexico City has 45 ambulances for 9 million inhabitants, so the Ochoa family has bought their own vehicle, tailored their own uniforms, and now drives through the night in search for those injured people who look like they can afford their services. The Ochoas operate in a semi-legal area, they are not really trained for the job, and it’s illegal for them to take money, and yet it’s their only source of income. What sounds like a movie based on a Thomas Pynchon novel is a stranger-than-fiction documentary called Midnight Family.

Matt: I wouldn’t say I’m a horror film fan altogether, but I definitely like a good atmospheric slice of cinematic scariness. This one puts me in mind of The Witch meets Sleepy Hollow, though there’s also a fair bit of style that strikes me as entirely its own thing. I liked Oz Perkins’ I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (and yes, Oz is the son of Anthony Perkins, an actor not entirely unknown to genre afficionados) and I could definitely imagine spending a chilling hour or two in the presence of these kids and that friendly, hospitable woman they bump into. Surely there’s nothing that can go wrong, right?

Eric: Eight years later, the director of Beasts of the Southern Wilds, a tale about letting go and growing up, returns with a retelling of Peter Pan — a story about refusing to grow up. Ah, but it’s from the perspective of Wendy; so not that different after all. Movement bursts through every scene showcased – witness how even the handheld shots make tight focus and action flow like poetry – so this is clearly a tale of forward momentum, underlined by another triumphant score. Releasing on the last day of the shortest month of the year – clearly that’s just a coincidence. Isn’t it?

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