I’ll be in my trailer… watching trailers: Fear itself

Join us every week for a trip into the weird and wonderful world of trailers. Whether it’s the first teaser for the latest instalment 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.

A number of us here at A Damn Fine Cup of Culture like horror films, and this is reflected (see what we did there?) in this week’s Six Damn Fine Degrees, with Mege’s thoughts on how horror reflects us back at ourselves. Lake Mungo, the film he mentions most prominently, is not as well known as the big names in the genre, but this little-known Australian gem is sad and terrifying, like many of the best ghost stories.

Meanwhile, there isn’t just terror in the water but also in the skies – as Alfred Hitchcock taught us so memorably in his 1963 classic The Birds. There’s less terror to be found in his teaser trailer, but like so many Hitchcock trailers it’s a wonderful tongue-in-cheek joy to watch.

And we’re staying with frights for our final trailer this week:

Matt: After the frightful fun of the recent horror comedy Renfield, in which the two Nicks Cage and Hoult revive a certain toothsome lord of terror and his servant, The Last Voyage of the Demeter seems like a more fright-focused take on Bram Stoker’s iconic Dracula – though I do wonder: how much material is there in Vlad the Impaler’s shipboard journey from Varna to Whitby? And do any of the poor people aboard the Demeter have any chance, stuck as they are with the most iconic vampire of them all?

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