Recent Trailers Round-up – Feb 2016

We used to post separate articles to every new trailer that came out, but it got so that every few hours there’d be another 2 minute clip to write an entire editorial around, and that just doesn’t make sense people. So for the benefit of both us and you, fair reader, going forward we will store up the myriad trailers released each month and bring them to you in one handy package so you can get a glimpse of everything coming up in one place.

So here are February’s picks, and it’s a weird bunch.

Pete’s Dragon

Disney are continuing with their plan to remake their animated classics as live action movies. The Jungle Book trailer was last month and now we have a teaser for Pete’s Dragon, which might not have too much dragon, but looks pretty great nonetheless.

Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Following on from last year’s instant comedy classic What We Do In The Shadows, Kiwi director Taika Waititi has released the trailer for an offbeat comedy that looks to capture all the whimsy of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, with the awkward comedy of Jared Hess’ Napoleon Dynamite. Can’t wait for this one.

Kindergarten Cop 2

Yes Dolph Lundgren finally got his 1991 Christmas wish and is helming a sequel/beat for beat remake of Arnie’s cult classic. I’ve got to be honest, this looks like dog shit. Funny dog shit. But dog shit all the same, and that’s the reason we’ll be watching it ASAP!

Midnight Special

Featuring the always brilliant Michael Shannon, this intriguing looking sci-fi original tale looks to capture all we loved about 80s Amblin films, with a modern world sheen that offers a gritty edge. It’s always great to see totally new ideas being green-lit, so count us in for opening weekend.

Ghostbusters

This is a teaser for a trailer (yeah they’re still doing that) which is due for release on 3rd March. The footage looks pretty generic and could be from any recent blockbuster set in New York. But nevertheless it’s a Ghostbusters film and it’s coming this year. That is a source of anxious excitement for us.

Criminal

The memories of a dead man with a government secret are implanted in the brain of a career criminal with a history of violence so they can find out what he was hiding. Hmmm. First question is why didn’t they just implant the memories into an easily manipulatable soldier, or office drone? I’ll tell you why, because then there would be no ACTION BABY! Grizzled Kevin Costner is vying for the Liam Neeson crown and might just be in with a shot.

Hardcore Henry

This just looks like fun. Someone saw that awful Doom film and realised that the only good bit was the first person POV sequence, so made a whole film out of it. Though that idea sounds like it might be crappy, the execution here is hugely impressive and promises some genuinely innovative filmmaking.

So there you have it. Some tips from us on the most interesting or downright bizarre films coming in the next few months. We’ll have another trailer round-up for you next month so keep your eyes peeled.

Also if there’s something we missed (and just to let you know we left out BvS on purpose as it’s released in a couple of weeks anyway), please feel free to post a link in the comments section.

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.