The Trailer Park: The Undead Have Risen

To be honest, the post title above is somewhat misleading because it actually has nothing to do with zombies. However, it loosely ties the following trailers together pretty well. First, the movies are sequels to franchises which never made much of an impression at the box office. Secondly, they’re also sequels to franchises with rather small followings. Lastly, they’re sequels featuring vampires, werewolves and a motorcycle-riding dude with a flaming skull. As far as I can tell, these are reanimated corpses of movies that should have died (and stayed dead) a while ago.

‘Underworld: Awakening 3D’

The big news here is that Kate Beckinsale is returning as Selene, the über-sexy vampire known as a Death Dealer who specializes in hunting Lycans (werewolves). For some yet unknown reason, she awakens from imprisonment to discover that humans have declared war against vampires and werewolves alike. The trailer looks amusing, but I have a sinking feeling that this movie will likely leave me with the same cold, indifferent reaction as its predecessors. Don’t get me wrong, I mildly enjoy the first three movies as easy throwaway entertainment, but they’re nothing spectacular. Nor are they good enough to warrant a fourth installment. I’ll wait for the inevitable Blu-ray.

‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’

Traditionally, the months of January and February (and often August for the end of summer) have been used as Hollywood’s dumping ground for movies that the studios don’t believe will make a major impact, either financially or critically. As it stands, I’m not sure if the latest ‘Ghost Rider’ installment aims to change that. The first movie was bearable and decent. This time around, the trailer looks like the producers are embracing the over-the-top silliness of the concept and simply having some fun with the possibilities. This doesn’t mean that I’ll run out to see the movie in the theaters, but I think I’ll check it out on home video.

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  1. Jane Morgan

    ‘The Raid’ and ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ both had sexy trailers this week, and all you give us is Kate Beckinsale in tight black leather?

    The ‘Underworld’ movies cost $30M to make. They gross $100M worldwide. Add TV and Blu-ray, it’s free money. I bet we get 20 more of these. It’s good clean posing. It’s ‘Twilight’ for boys.

    P.S. The post title is accurate. Nicolas Cage is undead. I saw the photo.

    • To be fair to E, he wrote this post more than a week ago, but I pushed its publication back a few times because we’ve had a crowded post schedule.

      The inherent problem with the “Nicolas Cage is a vampire” photo is that vampires can’t be photographed. 🙂

      • To add to Josh’s comment, Jane, we should be caught with the latest previews soon. I saw the trailer to ‘The Raid’ a while ago, and yes, it’s pretty spectacular. I also want to comment on the new Dragon Tattoo trailer, but will hold off ’til the next posting.

  2. Jane Morgan

    I guess it’s unfair to expect The Bonus View to cover every interesting film nugget the second it drops into the tubes.

    ‘Scarface’ getting another remake.

    Mel Gibson and the screenwriter of ‘Showgirls’ prepping a film about The Maccabees.

    Liam Neeson punching wolves with razor knuckles in the teaser for ‘The Grey.’

    I will harbor my enthusiasm for ‘The Raid’ trailer until next week.

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