CinemaCon is just kicking off and we’re already getting a look at some initial marketing this year’s upcoming films. First up, Collider snapped a photo of the banner for Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy Seven Psychopaths and paired it with the first poster. See below:
The biggest draw is the dream cast, and the designs take more than enough advantage of this. Christopher Walken and the always fun Tom Waits, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell, Abby Cornish and Olga Kurylenko are conveniently numbered and placed front and center, leaving oglers to imagine what kind of film could bring so many big personalities together. If you’re curious, see the film synopsis below:
From Oscar-winning writer and director Martin McDonagh comes a star-studded, blood-drenched, black comedy. Marty (Colin Farrell) is a struggling writer who dreams of finishing his screenplay Seven Psychopaths. All he needs is a little focus and inspiration.
Billy (Sam Rockwell) is Marty’s best friend, an unemployed actor and part time dog thief, who wants to help Marty by any means necessary.
Hans (Christopher Walken) is Billy’s partner in crime. A religious man with a violent past. Charlie is the psychopathetic gangster whose beloved dog, Billy and Hans have just stolen. Charlie’s unpredictable, extremely violent and wouldn’t think twice about killing anyone or anything associated with the theft. Marty is going to get all the focus and inspiration he needs, just as long as he lives to tell the tale.
Seven Psychopaths opens on November 2nd.
Along with Seven Psychopaths, Collider reported on the upcoming Bradley Cooper vehicle The Words. Helmed by first-time feature directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, the drama doesn’t skimp on the star power either, with supporting roles being filled by Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Zoe Saldana and Olivia Wilde. See poster and synopsis below:
Rory Jansen, a struggling writer, aspires to be the next great literary voice. When he discovers a lost manuscript in a weathered attaché case, he realizes he possesses something extraordinary that he desperately wishes he had created. Rory decides to pass the work off as his own and finally receives the recognition he desperately craves. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought as he faces a moral dilemma that will make him take a hard look at the man he has become.
The Words opens on September 21st.
But CinemaCon shouldn’t get all the attention, as the horror world also got its share of poster love today. For one, fans can soon see Jennifer Lawrence taking a break from The Hunger Games in the frightful House at the End of the Street. A new one sheet for the film, which is directed by Mark Tonderai and also stars Elizabeth Shue and Max Thieriot, was released, and it goes nicely with the trailer we covered last month. See poster and synopsis below:
Seeking a fresh start, newly divorced Sarah (Oscar®-nominee Elisabeth Shue; “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Piranha 3D”) and her daughter Elissa (Oscar®-nominee Jennifer Lawrence; “X-Men: First Class,” “Winter’s Bone”) find the house of their dreams in a small, upscale, rural town. But when startling and unexplainable events begin to happen, Sarah and Elissa learn the town is in the shadows of a chilling secret. Years earlier, in the house next door, a daughter killed her parents in their beds, and disappeared – leaving only a brother, Ryan (Max Thieriot, “My Soul to Take”), as the sole survivor. Against Sarah’s wishes, Elissa begins a relationship with the reclusive Ryan – and the closer they get, the deeper they’re all pulled into a mystery more dangerous than they ever imagined.
House at the End of the Street is set to hit theaters on September 21st.
Finally, found footage master Oren Peli will return to scare up another hit with Chernobyl Diaries. Produced by Peli and directed by Bradley Parker, the cautionary tale for tourists boasts a bigger budget than Paranormal Activity, but the shaky cam is still there, as proven by a recently released trailer. As for the new poster [via iTunes], its imagery plays with film’s concept and delivers a fairly chilling result. More than any other genre, I think horror depends on the effectiveness of its promotional material to draw in viewers, so creativity is a must. See below:
Chernobyl Diaries will explode onto screens on May 25th.
Are you interested in any of these films? Do the posters draw you in at all?
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