Here’s the trailer for US series The River, a supernatural mystery directed by Oren Peli, the man behind the original Paranormal Activity movie.
As you can see from the video above he’s carried over his trademark schtick of people flying backwards into cameras. Hey, if it worked the first time…
Here’s The River’s official synopsis:
Famed explorer Dr. Emmet Cole went looking for magic deep in the uncharted Amazon and never returned. The shocking truth about his disappearance is out there, somewhere, just waiting to be discovered. To the millions of kids who grew up watching his nature show, Dr. Cole was a hero. To his own son, Lincoln, he was more of an enigma. Now, six months after he vanished, Lincoln is finally ready to bury the past when Dr. Cole’s emergency beacon suddenly goes off. At the urging of his mother, Tess, Lincoln reluctantly joins her on a search for his father. To fund the rescue, they agree to let Dr. Cole’s cagey ex-producer, Clark, film the mission documentary-style. The mixed crew of old friends and new acquaintances includes the sexy and resourceful Lena (Eloise Mumford), loyal mechanic Emilio (Daniel Zacapa) and lethal bodyguard Captain Kurt Brynildson (Thomas Kretschmann).
Does anyone else find the whole faux documentary genre confusing? View the trailer again and you’ll notice that in some scenes you’re watching through the fictional director’s lens, (the guy they’ve hired to film their search for Dr Emmet Cole), the next you’re back on planet normal watching a scene through Oren Peli’s lens. Kind of defeats the purpose, don’t you think?
Right first things first, maybe this is just funny to people from the UK in particular those from Scotland but in this trailer for Steven Spielberg alien invasion mini-series the attacking extra terrestrials are called ‘Skitters‘.
*(spits mouthful of grog over computer screen)*
This word probably doesn’t have the same hilarious effect it will have on audiences over here but we would love to shake the writer’s hand who came up with that name. Fried gold!
The series stars ER regular Noah Wyle as a university lecturer who wears sweaters and knows a lot about military history, (wonder if that knowledge will come in handy throughout the series?). After his wife is killed and his son is captured…hahahahahahahahaha the aliens are called Skitters, hahahahahahahahahahahahahahah…
*(catches breath and wipes tears from eyes)*
…Noah’s character heads up a plucky band of human resistance fighters who collectively work to repell the alien creatures which are called Skitters…hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
Sorry. We do apologise.
One of our favourtie TV shows of last year was Justified, starring the ever watchable Timothy Olyphant as a tough, slow speaking, southern US Marshall who serves up his own kind of justice to all sorts of unsavoury characters. It’s basically a modern telling of the old gunslinger western but with many surprising twists and turns along the way.
The good news for us is the second series begins next week in the US, (hopefully it won’t take too long to be shown over here), and judging by the trailer they’re keeping all of the elements which made the first series so enjoyable intact, including their use of pop culture references. Lucas will be proud.