Today brings yet another eclectic collection of movie posters, which feature masked murderers, religious vampire hunters, monster-patrolling detectives, rocking easter bunnies and a more-than-half-naked man tattooed with a variety of brand names. Not every day you get to see that, is it?
This poster roundup includes new one-sheets for the upcoming titles Scream 4, Priest, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, Hop and the documentary The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
Ghostface is dusting off his handy stabbing knife for a new round of terrorizing the residents of Woodsboro in this spring’s Scream 4. Franchise steadies Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox are back for director Wes Craven’s fourth entry in his self-reflexive slasher franchise – along with a younger cast of potential victims that includes Emma Roberts, Rory Culkin, Adam Brody, Alison Brie, and Hayden Panettiere (yes, the cheerleader still needs saving).
Early word of mouth for the bloody scarefest is pretty good, and while the material in the latest Scream 4 trailer felt quite familiar, it should deliver exactly what fans are looking for. Like this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth Scream pic looks to stick with what worked well in its predecessors and (fingers crossed) give it enough of a creative spin to keep moviegoers interested.
Both the new Pirates of the Caribbean and Scream flicks are also being designed as the first in new trilogies, but are approaching that prospect in different manners. Whereas Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow will remain the star of future Pirate flicks, Campbell and co. will instead be handing over the reins, so to speak, to their younger costars in Scream 4 – hence the inclusion of Roberts, Brody, and Panettiere on the Mexican one-sheet.
Check out that international poster (via Shock Till you Drop) below:
The manhwa (read: Korean comic book) Priest makes its way to the big screen this May, and hopes to not get lost in the thunder of Thor‘s arrival just a week earlier. Paul Bettany reunites with his Legion director Scott Charles Stewart for the film, which once again features him as a powerful warrior squaring off against evil, supernatural forces – this time, bloody-thirsty vampires rather than sinister angels.
Here’s an official synopsis for the post-apocalyptic, sci-fi tale:
The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest (Bettany) from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them.
While the second Priest trailer threw a whole lot of stylish action involving motorbike chases, deadly flying crosses, and grotesque vampiric monsters onto the screen, it was overall just kind of a mess. Given that Stewart and Bettany’s previous action/horror teamup, Legion, ended up being little more than a schlocky B-movie with high production values, there’s good reason to approach Priest with relatively low expectations.
Check out the new Priest poster below (CLICK FOR LARGER SIZE):
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
Tiziano Sclavi’s popular comic book creation, Dylan Dog, makes his jump to the big screen in the upcoming Dylan Dog: Dead of Night. Superman Returns‘ Brandon Routh headlines the film as Mr. Dog, a human private eye who maintains the peace between the werewolf, vampire and zombie residents of New Orleans.
A new Dylan Dog: Dead of Night trailer was released this past week and it’s heavy on the expository voiceover narration, one-liners, supernatural monster-themed jokes, CGI beasties – and it even has a quick shot of a shirtless Routh for all his fans out there. If this new theatrical preview is any indicator of what screenwriters Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan the Barbarian), as well as TMNT filmmaker Kevin Munroe, have in store for us, the results look to be, well, less than impressive.
On the other hand, the mashup of Noir and supernatural horror genre conventions in Dylan Dog could be fun and the final product may be more clever than this preview suggests. Plus, the movie features Broadway star Taye Diggs finally getting to play a smooth customer for the first time since Chicago – and that’s something to be cheerful about.
Check out the latest Dylan Dog: Dead of Night trailer (via Apple) and movie poster below:
Are you ready for the next kid-friendly, live-action/CGI hybrid from the director who brought you Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties and Alvin & the Chipmunks? That’s what you’ll be getting this upcoming April Fools Day with Hop, helmed by Tim Hill and co-scripted by Despicable Me writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio.
Hop features the vocal talents of Russell Brand as the soon-to-be-crowned Easter Bunny (or, EB), who’d like to spend his days rockin’ out on the drums and becoming a celebrity in Hollywood – rather than delivering candy around the world once a year. James Marsden costars in the flesh as Fred, the hapless human who ends up befriending EB as the two (wait for it)… “learn what it finally takes to grow up.”
Obviously this pic is strictly for the 10-and-under crowd, who’re more likely to get a kick out of EB playing Rock Band, pooping out rainbow-colored jelly beans, and getting cozy with Fred’s girlfriend. So unless there will be kids tagging along on your next trip to the theater (or you and some friends are mildly intoxicated when you go), there’s little reason to see Hop when it arrives.
Check the trailer and poster (via Apple) for Hop below:
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock shifts his attention from the world of fast-food chains (Super Size Me) and terrorist organizations (Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?) to that of Hollywood’s predisposition for product placement with The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, which was picked up earlier this year at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Here’s the gist of Spurlock’s latest project:
‘The Greatest Movie Ever Sold’ unmasks the marketing process to bring audiences behind closed doors directly into the pitch meetings and marketing presentations which ultimately inform our everyday entertainment decisions. Sponsors were provided with brand category exclusivity. Each of the brands represented in the film have sponsorship arrangements with Spurlock, placing him front and center in their brand campaigns and advertisements, both on and off-line. Partners have the unique right to promote themselves in association with Spurlock and the film as “The Greatest.” The agreements also stipulate that Spurlock maintains creative control of the film’s content and final edit.
Spurlock’s earned a reputation over the years for delivering real-life cinematic adventures that feature attention-grabbing subject matter – and yet he’s a surprisingly thoughtful documentarian, in terms of his approach. The Greatest Movie Ever Sold was well received at this year’s Sundance fest, so hopefully it’ll go over well with more casual moviegoers also.
Check out the poster for The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (via Yahoo! Movies) below:
Hop arrives in theaters next month on April 1st, followed by Scream 4 on April 15th, Dylan Dog: Dead of Night on April 29th, and Priest on May 13th.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold will begin a limited release in NY/LA next month on April 22nd.