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Tense Movie and TV Trailers
For every movie or TV show comes a trailer. Some trailers show excessive amounts of the plot – even, in some cases, a small clip from the final act or turning points in the story. Nowadays trailers tend to show too much, not leaving anything for the movie-goer to ponder. I don’t know about you, but I find there is something about a quick cut teaser of a film or TV show that can excite a viewer, making them want to see it immediately and still have little knowledge of what’s going to happen. As it is winter and the cold is biting away at us, here are five film and TV trailers that are tense and quite chilling, without giving too much away:
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Mystery
Plot: Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Enemy stars Jake Gyllenhaal who has to share the screen with, well, himself. He plays a college professor who becomes obsessed with tracking down the minor actor he spots in a movie who looks remarkably like him. The professor has an attractive girlfriend, and the actor is about to become a father, but when their worlds collide, neither man will ever be the same.
Thoughts: Personally this is the movie I am most anticipating. Why? Because the idea of a man struggling to control his identity and attempting to come to terms with his doppelganger, and having something as close to David Lynch in terms of mood, is sure to work a treat in a dark movie theatre. Also, another reason to be excited is the ending; which Film.com described as “Enemy might have the scariest ending of any film ever made”.
Release Date: 6th of February (USA) and March (UK).
2. Under the Skin
Genre: Science Fiction
Plot: Directed by Jonathan Glazer, the movie stars Scarlett Johansson who plays an alien seductress who is sent to Earth by a rich corporation to prey upon unwary hitchhikers in Scotland.
Thoughts: You might be excited about this one if you liked David Bowie’s 1976 gem The Man Who Fell to Earth, as the eerie score and mood is reminiscent. The film also boasts great visuals and has plenty of underlying themes such as female sexuality in relation to masculine power. It’s a great chill, and one to watch on your own if you like getting scared.
Release Date: 4th of April (USA) unknown for UK.
3. The Rover
Genre: Gritty Crime/Drama
Plot: Directed by David Michod, Guy Pearce plays a loner who tracks the gang that stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian Outback with the forced assistance of a wounded man (Robert Pattinson) left behind in the wake of the theft.
Thoughts: Director David Michod made his debut with the violent, gritty drama Animal Kingdom in 2010, which saw the film nominated for an Oscar and Golden Globe; so if that’s anything to go by, then we’ll be in for a treat in the Mad Max style setting of The Rover.
Release Date: Not yet announced
Genre: Science Fiction
Plot: Directed by Christopher Nolan, Matthew McConaughey leads a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.
Thoughts: As we all know by now, Christopher Nolan and his brother Jonathan, can make the most complicated of plots seem simple, just look at their work in Inception which was based around the world of the dream. There was also the mind bend that was Memento, which stripped a man of his memory and he had to remember what happened to him piece by piece. Their stories are always told with passion and with a very high budget (which helps). If Interstellar can reach the heights of Nolan’s previous work then watch out for this one.
Release Date: 7th of November (USA) and November for the UK.
5. Blood Ties
Plot: Directed by Guillaume Canet, Clive Owen plays one of two brothers, who are on either side of the law, and face off over organized crime in Brooklyn during the 1970s.
Thoughts: The film unfolds like a ticking clock, notching up the tension all the way into its final act. Watch as the characters’ lives fall apart and see them try to put the pieces back together. Blood Ties plays a bit like a 70s’ cop-opera, but if you like high stakes thrillers, check this one out.
Release Date: 21st of March (USA) unknown for UK.
With the tense Movie trailers over with; let’s check out the latest TV trailers that have chilled the spine:
6. Bates Motel
Plot: WARNING … SPOILERS IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN SEASON ONE. With the death of Miss Watson and Norma and Dylan bonding over firearms at the end of season one, will, in season two, Norman become a suspect for the murder of Miss Watson? What new underworlds will creep up this time? And will Norman finally get over that stupid crush on Bradley?
Thoughts: Last season the Bates Motel balanced dark humour, rich melodrama, and nail-biting suspense that I’m sure Hitchcock would be proud of. The show also has a feel of Twin Peaks about it, with strange and quirky characters lurking around. We’ll have to wait and see if there will be anymore weird goings-on this season. Explore A&E’s version of the Bates Motel here.
Air Date: March 3rd (USA) unknown for UK.
7. The Walking Dead
Plot: WARNING … SPOILERS IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED SEASON FOUR. It was inevitable that the blood bath mid-season finale would set the stage for Rick and the Governor to finally battle it out for the prison. With the battle leaving the prison home to the walkers, it looks like the second half of the season will bring us up-to-date pretty quickly on how the group adjusted to life away from the prison, as the first episode will follow the survivors of the prison assault as they try to regroup. Meanwhile Rick and Carl stumble upon a vacant house in the forest, while Daryl and Beth realize they are being watched by someone, and a new threat begins to emerge.
Thoughts: The first half of season four, to me felt like a bit of a waste of time, because of the seemingly never-ending virus which managed to bump off most of the cannon fodder characters, with the occasional doom-filled supply runs. Hopefully the second half will give us something fresh, and a different threat now the happy mass murderer Governor is gone.
Air Date: 9th of February (USA) 10th of February (UK)
8. True Detective
Plot: The lives of two detectives, Rust Cohle and Martin Hart, become entangled during a 17-year hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana.
Thoughts: It certainly does look packed with rich performances, and a bleak, but emotional story and setting. Something of David Fincher’s Seven about it, with the dark colours and impending doom.
Air Date: Because it is already three episodes in, the fourth episode will air on the 9th of February (USA)
Plot: WARNING … SEASON ONE SPOILERS AHEAD. As of yet, Hannibal season two’s plot hasn’t been revealed. But we can only guess that with Will Graham, who was framed for murder and locked up in Baltimore State Hospital for the criminally insane, will serve as a tension builder between the unaware FBI and Hannibal Lector’s real motivations.
Thoughts: It’s great to see a spinoff of a movie series receiving the praise it got for a refreshing bloodthirsty first season, which served as a great TV thriller which I think tops another thriller, Homeland.
Air Date: Unknown as of yet.
10. House of Cards
Plot: In the second season, Francis and Claire Underwood continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, ‘American Horror Story’), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’s former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes. President Walker’s billionaire confidante Raymond Tusk demands that Francis reciprocate political favors or face retribution; and Claire must confront the increasing glare of the spotlight as it eats away at her and Francis’ once private existence. The Underwoods must overcome these dangers to avoid losing everything, regardless of collateral damage they leave in their wake.
Thoughts: With Netfilx having the rights to show the 13 episode first season off the bat, the first season of House of Cards played not like a TV series, but a 13 hour long movie, providing viewers with a chance to binge watch the show as they pleased. Also announced two days ago; there will be a third season of House of Cards, so if you love those Kevin Spacey speeches to the camera, don’t hesitate to tune in.
Air Date: 14th of February, with all the episodes being released on Netflix.
I hope you enjoyed those trailers, let me know what tense trailers you’ve seen recently.