Previews: Mother! Poster, Wind River, More!

Lots to see in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the new Mother! poster, Wind River, IT and more…

Mother! Poster

Here is the latest Mother! poster. The upcoming horror movie is written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, and Michelle Pfeiffer. A teaser trailer can be viewed here. Mother! will be screened at Venice Film Festival, and will hit UK cinemas on 15th September 2017.

IT Trailer

Above is the first full trailer for the upcoming adaptation of IT. The footage gives us a proper look at Pennywise. Based of Stephen King’s best-selling novel, the film is directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama). The story follows a group of children in a town called Derry, where children have been disappearing. IT will be released on UK screens on 8th September 2017.

Wind River Poster

Wind River is about a U.S. fish and wildlife agent who joins a rookie FBI agent to solve a murder on an Indian reservation. The film stars Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Gil Birmingham, and Jon Bernthal. Wind River will be released in UK cinemas on 8th September 2017.

Flatliners Trailer

Here is the new trailer for Flatliners. The film seems to be a part remake, part sequel to the 1990 film. This new version stars Ellen Page, Diego Luna, and Nina Dobrev. The film is about a group of medical students who decide to trigger near-death experiences. Flatliners will hit UK cinemas on 29th September 2017.

American Assassin Poster

Here is the latest poster for upcoming action thriller American Assassin. The film is about a Black ops recruit under the instruction of a Cold War veteran. The pair are asked to investigate a wave of attacks. The film stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch. American Assassin will be released on UK screens on 14th September 2017.

Film Review: Mama

MamaFrom executive producer Guillermo del Toro, Mama is a suitably atmospheric horror. Unfortunately the film lacks genuine frights.

When Lucas’ two young nieces disappear following an incident with their father, he never gives up hope of finding them. When they are found five years later having lived in the forest alone, Lucas and his girlfriend Annabel are tasked with raising them. There seems to be something stopping the girls from fully reintegrating…

The plot of director and co-writer Andy Muschietti’s film is adequate enough. However, as with so many horror films, the narrative turns are somewhat predictable. The story is not a classic. Mama begins with a plausible enough premise but it is not too long before it descends into horror cliché. This is typified by the archivist, with a particular discovery she makes and the way in which she relates it. Intentionally or not, this comes across as amusing.

The pacing of Mama is good. A number of the scares are straight out of the horror textbook. These fail to generate the intended outcome, and creates a laughable effect on one or two occasions. Muschietti’s film needed to be more jumpy in order to truly engage the audience.

Mama is nicely shot. The brooding lighting creates atmosphere. There is a fluidity to the camera work which is aesthetically pleasing. Special effects are good overall. Sound likewise is used to good effect for the most part, although it is occasionally overbearing.

Jessica Chastain sports a different look for Mama. Her performance is as competent as ever. Megan Charpentier is excellent as Victoria. She really captures the distracted and disconnected side to her character. Performances elsewhere are serviceable.

Mama is not a horror classic; only the very nervous will find it scary. Nevertheless, the ending at least offers something a little refreshing and unexpected.