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Trailer Tuesday: ‘Ouija,’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ & ‘Miss Julie’


Cast: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Shelley Hennig
Director: Stiles White
Genre: Horror
Synopsis: A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board.

A couple of friends and I played with an ouija board once and we freaked ourselves out a little bit but ultimately… nothing happened. (Or did it?) The kids in Ouija, however, set off a chain of Final Destination-like events after one angsty-looking girl gets the bright idea to contact her dead friend’s spirit on the “other side.” From the trailer, it looks like Ouija employs a lot of jump-scare tactics; there are people getting lost in the dark, as well. Nothing too out of the ordinary for a horror movie.

Ouija will be released in theaters on October 24, 2014.

Fifty Shades of Grey

Cast: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Genre: Drama, Romance
Synopsis: Based on the novel by E.L. James, literature student Anastasia Steele’s life changes forever when she meets handsome, yet tormented, billionaire Christian Grey.

So that happened. As of today, Fifty Shades of Grey became the most-viewed trailer of 2014. Here I thought it was going to be a complete disaster but it’s starting to look like it’ll be a huge box office success if online movie trailer views are anything to go by. Set to a newly recorded version of “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé, the Fifty Shades trailer shows Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele meeting for the first time and Anastasia describing Christian in the blandest way possible, using words like “polite,” “intense,” and “smart.” Eventually, they do the do, whips, blindfolds, and ropes included.

British comedian Richard Ayoade put it best.

Fifty Shades of Grey will be released in theaters on February 13, 2015.

Miss Julie

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
Director: Liv Ullman
Genre: Drama
Synopsis: Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father’s valet to seduce her.

Sexy 19th century historical drama comes in the form of Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie, based on the Swedish play written by August Strindberg. Jessica Chastain plays the eponymous Miss Julie who enters into a sexually charged power struggle with her father’s valet Jean (Colin Farrell). Watch Colin Farrell describe Miss Julie’s ankles in the trailer above. Who knew ankles could be so sexual?

Miss Julie will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2014.