“Trailer Talk” rounds up recently released trailers for upcoming and anticipated movies.
This week was an unusually busy one for trailers, from horror reboots and remakes, fun kids’ movies, a new beginning for a toy-centered franchise and a showcase for Lady Gaga. Let’s dig in.
Forty years after Michael Myers left a trail of bodies in John Carpenter’s iconic 1978 slasher, the maniacal killer returns. And this time, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is ready and waiting for him.
The heavily anticipated reboot is the 11th movie in the “Halloween” franchise. But this installment disregards all the sequels after the original. The new “Halloween,” directed by David Gordon Green and produced by Carpenter, comes from Blumhouse, the production house behind such horror hits as “Get Out” and “Split.”
Nick Castle returns as the evil Michael Myers, with James Jude Courtney also playing the masked maniac. The trailer is enough to send shivers down your spine.
“Halloween” slashes its way into theaters Oct. 19.
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web”
The sequel to 2011’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” brings back fierce hacker Lisbeth Salander as a vigilante saving abused women. Claire Foy, who won raves as Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s “The Crown,” takes over the role from Rooney Mara. Foy ditches the crown jewels and prim dresses for Lisbeth’s trademark spiky hair and black leather, transforming herself into an avenging angel.
The crime drama is based on the fourth novel of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium book series. The trailer’s intense opening scene – where Lisbeth strings up an abusive CEO – will have you on the edge of your seat.
“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” swings into theaters Oct. 26.
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
Five years ago, the surprisingly clever and endearing “The Lego Movie” charmed kids and adults alike. The followup looks just as funny and delightful as the first film.
The sequel to the 2014 hit drops the Lego characters, including still-optimistic construction worker Emmet (voiced by Chris Pratt) and brave warrior Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), into a “Mad Max: Fury Road” dystopia. When an invader from outer space kidnaps Wyldstyle, Emmet must step up and save her and their friends, including Batman (Will Arnett) and Princess Unikitty (Alison Brie). New voices in the cast include Stephanie Beatriz as villain Sweet Mayhem and Tiffany Haddish (“Girls Trip”) as Queen Whatevra Wa-Nabi.
“The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” puts all the pieces together Feb. 8, 2019.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2”
The sequel to the 2012 hit cartoon may be Disney’s most meta feature yet as the House of Mouse acknowledges its growing empire and reunites all – yes, all! – of its classic Disney princesses.
Big-hearted arcade game villain Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) returns with his best friend, glitch-turned-princess Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). This time, the duo are unleashed in the big, wide expanses of the internet. From Google to Amazon to Oh My Disney, the World Wide Web will never be the same.
The film is getting a lot of buzz for bringing together its fabled princesses. There’s the originals – Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora – and Ariel, Belle, Jasmine and Pocahontas from Disney’s Renaissance period. There’s also newer additions like Tiana and Rapunzel, plus Elsa and Anna from “Frozen.” In an incredible move, many of the actresses from the original films have returned to provide their characters’ voices. The movie boldly takes shots at the fairy tale tropes commonly used in Disney’s cartoons.
“Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” plugs into theaters Nov. 21.
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
The third and final film in the wonderful “How to Train Your Dragon” franchise reunites dragon trainer-turned-village chief Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) with his best friend, adorable dragon Toothless.
As Hiccup works to build a utopian hideaway for dragons, Toothless finds a potential new mate, a beautiful and rare White Fury. But a new threat puts the future of the dragons and Hiccup’s dream in danger. Cate Blanchett, America Ferrera, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill and Kit Harington return to the voice cast.
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” tames theaters March 1, 2019.
The lovable and mischievous yellow Autobot from the “Transformers” franchise gets his own film in this prequel. Where the mute Bumblebee was a Camaro in the five previous movies, he returns to his roots as a Volkswagen Beetle here.
Unlike the Michael Bay films, there’s no explosions in the new trailer. But under the reins of director Travis Knight, there is a lot of emotion in what looks like a potential reset for the tiring franchise. After I was greatly let down by “Transformers: The Last Knight,” I’m excited to see what “Bumblebee” holds for the future of the series.
Set in 1987, the adventure stars Hailee Steinfeld as Charlie, a 17-year-old motorhead who rescues Bumblebee from a junkyard. The teen and the childlike robot form an immediate bond in an awe-inspiring scene of Bumblebee transforming in front of her. John Cena also stars a member of the classified government agency Sector Seven.
“Bumblebee” takes flight Dec. 21.
“A Star is Born”
Lady Gaga takes on her first leading film role in “A Star is Born,” the classic story of love and fame. Making his directorial debut, Bradley Cooper also writes, produces and stars in the musical, which is the third remake of the 1937 film.
Cooper plays a country music star who discovers struggling singer Gaga. As her career lifts off, his is winding down. Their relationship suffers as they ride the carousel of fame.
Lady Gaga follows in the footsteps of Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand, who starred respectively in the 1937, 1954 and 1976 versions. She also helped write several new songs for the film.
“A Star is Born” rises in theaters Oct. 5.
The remake of the influential 1977 horror classic aims to scare a new audience. Luca Guadagnino (“Call Me By Your Name”) pays homage to Italian director Dario Argento’s masterpiece in this unsettling trailer.
Dakota Johnson stars as an American ballet dancer who begins attending a prestigious dance academy in Germany. After a series of gruesome murders, she discovers a sinister conspiracy of supernatural activity. The film also stars Tilda Swinton and Chloe Grace Moretz.
“Suspiria” terrorizes theaters Nov. 2.