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Poster Lab: In Fear

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Poster Lab: In Fear

According to reports from Sundance, In Fear, the debut feature from TV and documentary veteran Jeremy Lovering, drew a lot of inspiration from The Blair Witch Project. No, the director didn’t give his actors a handheld camera and strive to maintain found-footage realism, but he did keep them largely in the dark regarding script and story details, just as Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez offered cryptic, planted clues to Heather Donahue and company amid the Blair Witch shoot. It’s all part of the same directorial method of drawing true, terrified reactions from your horror-movie players—the darker side of, say, filming A-Listers singing power ballads live.

That genuine heebie-jeebies technique isn’t the only link between Lovering’s film and everyone’s favorite micro-budget ‘90s spookfest. The new In Fear one-sheet harkens back to that great photo-negative poster that originally touted Blair Witch, and showed ominous, skeleton trees that implied a wooded path to hell. Similarly minimalistic, the ad for In Fear also uses little more than trees, save for one sharp detail that makes it coolly remarkable.

Too few posters opt to play with the relationship between negative and positive space, which can add the great gift of artful optical illusion. The In Fear image, with its serrated blades providing the slits between those long, splintery trees, calls to mind the rudimentary illusions we discover when we’re young, like a rectangle horizontally bisected in perfect scoops: Is it a row of teeth or a row of circus tents? Is it a curtain closing or ocean waves? Then, of course, there’s Rubin’s vase, arguably the most famous example of this sort of art. For today’s subject, the approach easily establishes setting and tone, not to mention a touch of class often missing from ads for this genre, which excessively favors shock-and-awe marketing.

Still somewhat hush-hush as it enjoys midnight screenings in Park City, In Fear hasn’t leaked much in the way of plot—an extension, one might say, of Lovering’s tight-lipped helming practices. What is known is that a young couple (Downton Abbey’s Iain De Caestecker and Beautiful Creatures’s Alice Englert) get lost when searching for a country inn during a weekend getaway, which is planned to involve attendance at a music festival. Things start slipping from bad to worse, and Lovering has stated in interviews that the main thing he aimed to explore was fear’s escalation, and the point when paranoia becomes justifiable terror. Indeed, the setup and the conceit sound a tad too familiar to inspire breathless anticipation, but this blood-red poster marks a check in the plus column for In Fear, which will hopefully take after its promotion and achieve stark cleverness.

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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