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Hot New Trailers - July 2015

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
October 2015 (United Kingdom)

Supposedly the sixth and final installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise, The Ghost Dimension also happens to be the first film in the series to be shot in 3D. Hopefully though, first time director, Gregory Plotkin does not use 3D as a gimmick, and keeps the horror in line with previous films. Very little is known about The Ghost Dimension's storyline, except for the fact that a series of video tapes are found by the Fleeges family, as they move into a new house. It may be a Horror movie trope, but based on the debut trailer below it's no less frightening.

Best Bit: Can't say as we only managed to get through the first minute.

Final Girl
August 2015 (United States)

My, how Little Miss Sunshine has changed. Final Girl sees Oscar-nominated actress Abigail Breslin take on a far more different role than in her formative years. The basic premise of the film is revenge, as Breslin's character Veronica is trained to eliminate a group of young men that target, hunt and eventually kill young women for sport. Posing as a victim, Veronica turns the tables on her attackers, and dishes out some sweet justice. The film's not just about human hunting in the woods, as we also see glimpses from Veronica's past as she's trained by the mysterious mentor (Wes Bentley).

Best Bit: The awe-inspiring training montage at 0:45. 


September 2015 (United Kingdom)

A Mexican term for "Hitman", Sicario is a gritty film about an FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who leads a drugs task force from her native United States into the far more volatile Mexico City. Being a novice to the country, Blunt and her FBI team enlist the help of a local consultant (Benicio del Toro) to assist them. Without giving too much away, things turn sour over the border and Blunt's character, Kate Macer quickly finds herself way in over her head. Joining Blunt and del Toro in Sicario is acting heavyweight Josh Brolin, which means we can expect strong performances all around for this one.

Best Bit: When all hell breaks lose at 1:20.

Kung Fu Panda 3
March 2016 (United Kingdom)

Jack Black is back as the martial arts loving, and equally lovable, Po for Kung Fu Panda 3. While the Dreamworks-produced film only arrives in March 2016, the first trailer found its way online earlier this week. Joining Po are the usual suspects, with the Furious Five and Shifu, along with Po's long last father, voiced by Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame. As for whom the big bad in this film will be, little is known, with the trailer showing a rather odd exchange between Po and his father Li. If the exchange between the two is anything to go by, the apple has not fallen far from the tree.

Best Bit: Po's unusual Kung Fu style early on.

Daddy's Home
December 2015 (United States)

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg first joined up for the underrated and funny The Other Guys back in 2010. This year sees them become adversaries in Daddy's Home, as Ferrell and Wahlberg compete in a game of "oneupmanship" for the affections of two young kids. The kids by the way happens to belong to Wahlberg's character's former wife, who is now dating Ferrell's character in the film. We've often seen films portray things from the kids or ex-husband's perspectives, but Daddy's Home should offer a hilarious take on the new stepdad's point of view.

Best Bit: Ferrell realising he's outgunned at 0:49.

November 2015 (United States)

Our good old friend Charlie Brown is finally returning to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie, and as expected, he's not exactly loving life. Along with Charlie Brown are fan favourites like Peppermint Patty, Lucy, Linus and of course Snoopy. The gang seem to be at it again, dealing with the boredom that winter often deals, by getting up to all manner of shenanigans. Charlie Brown is also coming to grips with love, and trying to win the affections of the new girl that just moved in. Arriving in November this year, The Peanuts Movie will be a welcome bit of nostalgia for the holidays.

Best Bit: Anything involving Snoopy. 

Dark Places

Following the success of Gone Girl, it only made sense for more of Gillian Flynn's work to be adapted for the silver screen. First up is Dark Places, starring Charlize Theron as the survivor of a Kansas-based mass murder. Initially an orphan after the killings, she is now an adult struggling for a bit of anonymity. Instead she is found by a group of former cops, detectives and investigators called the Kill Club, who try to solve cold cases. Just like Gone Girl, nothing is quite what it seems in this intense thriller, which should make quite an interesting trip to the movies when its release date is officially announced.

Best Bit: Meeting the Kill Club at 1:00.

This article first appeared at Techsmart.co.za.