Here’s The Trailer for Urban Myths: Tooth Worms!


No sooner had I finished writing my post about the trailer for The Devil Within than another horror trailer dropped.  This is for a Korean anthology film, one that features several different tales of terror.

The title of the movie?  Urban Myths: Tooth Worms.

AGCK!

Even the title is scary!

Here’s The Trailer For The Devil Within!


The trailer for the upcoming horror film, The Devil Within, dropped today and….

….actually, it doesn’t look that bad.

If nothing else, the trailer seems to suggest that the film tries to put a different spin to the usual exorcism film.  Does everyone get a chance at the exorcism?  Do all other exorcists eventually team up, Avengers-style?  Who knows?  To be honest, there’s no evidence from the trailer that they do but that’s still something I would like to see.  If you’re a filmmaker looking for an idea for your next horror movie, jot that down and give me “suggested by” credit.  Thanks!

Anyway, here’s the trailer:

Here’s The Trailer for Pinocchio!


When you wish upon a star….

Well, I guess you get another live action remake of a beloved Disney classic.  In this case, the remake is Pinocchio.  Now before anyone rolls their eyes at another Disney remake, it should perhaps be considered that this one is being directed by Robert Zemeckis and it stars Tom Hanks as the lonely puppet maker.  To be honest, this seems like a good fit for Zemeckis’s style of storytelling and Tom Hanks seems like a good fit for Geppetto and he’s got experience playing a toy so he should at least understand Pinocchio’s point of view.

The film is set to drop on Disney+ on September 8th and I know at least one member of the TSL crew will be watching.  At the very least, this will probably be a little bit better than the Roberto Benigni film.

Here’s the trailer!

6 Classic Trailers For May 31st, 2022


The Delta Force (1986, directed by Menahem Golan)

93 years ago, on this date, Menahem Golan was born in Israel.  After serving in the Israeli Air Force, Golan would attend the Old Vic Theater School in London before returning to Israel and launching his legendary career in film.  With his cousin, Yoram Globus, and using Roger Corman as both a mentor and a inspiration, Golan would go on to producer and direct some of the most successful films in Israeli history.  Eventually, Golan and Globus would purchase Cannon Films and would be responsible for some of the greatest (in a fashion) films of the 80s.

Though Golan was best-known as a producer, he never stopped directing.  Today, on what would have been his birthday, Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse Trailers presents 6 trailers for 6 Golan films!

  1. Lepke (1975)

After finding great success in Israel, Golan first attempted to break into the American market with this biopic about the head of the Mafia’s Murder, Inc., Louis “Lepke” Buchalter.  Though the budget was low, Golan managed to get a name — in this case, Tony Curtis — to play the lead role.  As you can tell, the trailer wanted to make sure that you knew that this film was about Lepke.

2. Enter the Ninja (1981)

This was, I think, the first film that Golan directed after buying Cannon Films.  How great is Enter the Ninja?  It stars Franco Nero as a ninja!  Seriously, you don’t get much greater than that.  Anyway, as I think I’ve stared on this site before, Enter the Ninja is a lot of fun and Franco Nero was the sexiest ninja of the 80s.

3. The Delta Force (1986)

Chuck Norris was a Cannon mainstay and it seems appropriate that he starred in The Delta Force, a film that was very important to Golan.  The Delta Force was essentially a remake of an 1977’s Operation Thunderbolt, an Israeli film that earned Golan his only Oscar nominations when it was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.  The Delta Force did not receive any Oscar nominations but it has a legion of fans.  Our own Jedediah Leland has frequently described this film as being the greatest ever made.  I don’t know if I’d go that far but still, it is always satisfying to see Chuck blow up the bad guys at the end of the movie.

4. Mack the Knife (1989)

Menahem Golan directs a musical!  Unfortunately, this film has never received a proper DVD or Blu-ray release.  Though it was a Cannon production, Golan and Globus had a falling out (one that was, at least partially, caused by Golan spending money on films like Mack The Knife) and Golan ended up distributing this film himself.  I find the trailer to be intriguing.  The film itself is on YouTube so I’ll watch it someday …. maybe.

5. Hit The Dutchman (1992)

Much like Lepke, this film is about a real-life gangster.  In this case, the gangster was Dutch Schultz.  Interestingly enough, the trailer suggest that Al Capone was active in New York whereas everyone knows that, though Capone did get his start in New York, he didn’t become a prominent gangster until he relocated to Chicago.

6. Crime and Punishment (2002)

Finally, this adaptation of the great novel was a bit of passion project for Golan.  He filmed it in Russia in 1993 but, because of financial difficulties, it was not given a release until 2002.

Here’s The Trailer For The Gray Man!


Pity The Gray Man.

The trailer for this upcoming Netflix spy thriller had the misfortune to drop as the same time as the trailer for the new Mission: Impossible film.  Needless to say, The Gray Man has been a bit overshadowed, despite being directed by the Russo Brothers and starring Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Ana de Armas.

As for the trailer itself, it looks like a standard Netflix action flick but, if you’ve seen The Iceman, you know that Chris Evans can be an entertainingly eccentric villain.  And I think the Russo Brothers do have the potential to be a force outside of the MCU, even if Cherry did fall a bit flat.  So, we’ll see!   

Here’s the trailer!

Here’s the 2nd Trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder!


The 2nd trailer for Thor: Love and Thunder has been dropped!  In this trailer, we get to see a bit more of Thor’s reunion with Jane and we also meet the film’s villain, a creepy-looking god slayer who sounds a lot like Christian Bale.

One thing I’ve noticed about the Thor films is that someone is always trying to destroy Asgard and kill all of the Gods.  Maybe the Asgardians need to work on their image or something.  Invest in foreign trade.  Export a really funny television sitcom.  Just do something that will give the rest of the universe something positive to associate with Asgard.  When America was getting a bad reputation, it produced its own version of a British show called The Office and totally won the hearts of the world.  Maybe Asgard needs its own Steve Carell.

It’s just a thought.

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s The Trailer For George Miller’s Three Thousand Years of Longing


Three Thousand Years of Longing, George Miller’s first film since Mad Max: Fury Road, made quite a splash when it premiered on Cannes yesterday.  A lot of people said that this film, which features Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba, was the first legitimate Oscar contender to come out of Cannes.

We’ll have to wait to find out if that’s true or not but the trailer is certainly intriguing.

6 Classic Trailers For May 13th, 2022 (RIP, Fred Ward)


Originally, I was going to devote this latest edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse Trailers to all of the Friday the 13th films but then I heard the sad news that the great character actor Fred Ward had passed away at the age of 79.  Needless to say, I changed my plans.  There will be many Friday the 13ths but there was only one Fred Ward.

Fred Ward lived a life that could have been a movie.  He ran away from home at a young age.  He spent three years in the Air Force.  He spent some time as a boxer.  He worked as a lumberjack in Alaska.  He worked as a cook.  He worked as a janitor.  He spent some time in Rome, dubbing Italian films for the American market.  Much like Lance Henriksen, someone from Fred Ward’s tough background may have seemed like an unlikely actor but he proved himself to be one of our most memorable.  Ward brought an authenticity to even the wildest of parts.  He was a smart actor who could play dumb and, by most accounts, a down-to-Earth nice guy who could be totally intimidating on screen.  He was one of the best.  Here are 6 Fred Ward trailers.

  1. Time Rider (1983)

After appearing in a few supporting roles (most memorably as a trigger-happy redneck in Southern Comfort), Fred Ward had his first starring role in Time Rider.  In this film, Ward plays a dirt bike rider who travels through time.

2. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)

After playing tragic astronaut Gus Grissom in 1983’s The Right Stuff, Ward was cast as Remo Williams in Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins.  Ward performed all of his own stunts and, if the film had been a success, he would have had a chance to be an American James Bond.  Unfortunately, Remo Williams bombed at the box office and was only later appreciated by fans of action cinema.

3. Tremors (1990)

Perhaps the most beloved of all of Fred Ward’s films, this horror comedy featured Ward, Kevin Bacon, and a bunch of killer worms.  What could have been a standard B-movie was elevated by a witty script, energetic direction, and Bacon and Ward’s playful performances.  The way that Ward and Bacon bounced dialogue off of each other was almost as fun as all the monster mayhem.

4. Miami Blues (1990)

The same year that Tremors came out, Ward co-starred with Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh in Miami Blues, a film that showed all three of those performers at their best.

5. Cast a Deadly Spell (1991)

In this film, which was made for HBO, Fred Ward plays a role that was perfect for him.  He’s a tough, hard-boiled P.I. working the mean streets of Los Angeles in 1948.  The catch?  In this version of 1948, everyone uses magic!  This is a fun movie and I recommend it to everyone.

6.  Full Disclosure (2001)

Even though Ward’s career as a leading man slowed down a bit in recent years, he still appeared in movies and often, he was the best (any maybe only) reason to watch them.  I’ve never seen Full Disclosure but if I ever do track it down, it will be because of Fred Ward.

Fred Ward, R.I.P.

 

Here’s The Trailer for Cha Cha Real Smooth!


Earlier this year, Cha Cha Real Smooth was one of the biggest hits on the Sundance Film Festival.  I have to admit that my main reaction to hearing about the film was to think that Cha Cha Real Smooth is one of the worst titles that I’ve ever come across.  Either call the movie “Cha Cha” or call it “Real Smooth” but stringing all four of those words together …. ugh.

That said, the critics loved it and there’s been some talk that it could duplicate CODA’s success as an early streaming Oscar contender.  The film will be released in June and here’s the trailer!