Crafting the perfect movie trailer is hard work. There must be enough intrigue to get the audience excited without revealing too much about the film’s plot points and key moments (even then, things don’t always work out perfectly). Because of the sheer volume of new movie trailers being released in a given week, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding them up and separating the good from the bad for you. Check out the latest must-see trailers below, whether you’re looking for action, horror, comedy, or something else.
It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: Spoiler alert! Tread carefully, friends.
Note: All release dates are for the United States.
Just when you thought the zombie genre was long past stale, along comes a zombie Christmas musical. Yes, you read that correctly. This horror comedy from director John McPhail follows a teenager who — along with some of her high-school classmates — must fight their way through a horde of reanimated, flesh-hungry undead to get across town to the safety (or so she believes) of her school. If your idea of a Christmas movie involves the sight of teenagers decapitating snowmen and elves, then this one’s for you. And it does set out to answer a particularly intriguing question: What are zombie Christmas carols like?
Release date:November 30
With mere days to go beforeThe Predator hits theaters, 20th Century Fox released one final, extra-bloody trailer for the sci-fi horror sequel intended to reignite a franchise that somehow got worse when it added the xenomorphs from the Alien films. Filmmaker Shane Black, who played a supporting role in the originalPredator movie, is behind the camera this time around for a story that takes the action to the suburbs and introduces a host of new elements to the Predator lore — including a genetically modified “super-predator” variant and alien hunting dogs.
Release date: September 14
Willem Dafoe is already one of the most fascinating actors in Hollywood, and now this film casts him as one of history’s most fascinating artists. Dafoe portrays Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh in the film, which chronicles his later years in France — a period in which he produced some of his most memorable works of art but also suffered some of his most traumatic experiences. The film’s trailer certainly looks beautiful, with the sort of vibrant colors one expects from a film about the world as seen through van Gogh’s eyes. Dafoe is joined in the cast byRupert Friend, Oscar Isaac, and Mads Mikkelsen, among other familiar faces.
Release date:November 16
We’re fast approaching the season for scares, so it makes sense that Universal Pictures is raising the profile of its latest reboot of theHalloween saga. The new film serves as a direct sequel to director John Carpenter’s original 1978 movie of the same name, and the trailer is filled with some pretty intense, cleverly filmed scenes from director David Gordon Green. The footage from the film certainly doesn’t make it feel like the usual reboot, meaning this could be something special — or at the very least, something to check out once the Halloween holiday spirit grabs you.
Release date: October 19
What happens when a mysterious hacker reveals the sordid internet history of everyone in town and they all think you did it? Well, the trailer forAssassination Nation would have us believe that the entire community goes more than a little crazy — as in, gun-wielding, murderous mob crazy — when this happens in Salem, Massachusetts. This modern witch-hunt story looks pretty intense, and the red-band trailer for the film offers a peek at the chaos that ensues when Lily (Odessa Young) and her girlfriends find themselves targeted by the rampaging mob. The film was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and will get a limited release later this month.
Release date: September 21