Don Bauder 9:40 p.m., May 21
A Tale of Two Trailers
Fascinating. Below is one trailer for the upcoming Clive Owen psychological thriller The Intruders.
Here's the description that accompanies that trailer, and it seems fitting enough: "The film tells parallel stories of two families whose lives are disrupted by menacing apparitions: in Spain, a mother tries to protect her son from a faceless stranger, while in Britain, a young girl has terrifying dreams of a demon who becomes a real danger to her and her family."
Yikes! Especially coming from 28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.
But. Here is another trailer for the same film:
And here is the description that accompanies that trailer: "Two children living in different countries are visited nightly by a faceless being who wants to take possession of them."
Both trailer and description have been, what's the word... strip-mined? It's hard to believe it's the same film! The first looked like it might have been a meditation on the evil within - within the home, within the family, etc. Like maybe Daddy is the bad guy, and the monster in the closet is just how daughter copes.
Creepy, creepy stuff. The second? Well, let's just count the hoary sources, shall we?
"Hollowface will come, because someone called his name." Hello, Candyman!
"He would hide in the dark corner of her room and wait for her to go to sleep." Hello, Freddy!
And Clive Owen's "So you think I'm crazy?" in response to the revelation that there was, in fact, no intruder reads as persecuted hero instead of suspected monster.
It's almost as bad as the official trailer for John Carter, which took an old-fashioned sci-fi epic and tried its durnedest to make it look like the hot mess that was the Clash of the Titans remake. They tried to recover - released a bunch of scenes, plus a raft of better-cut trailers, but it doesn't seem to have helped much.