Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

Watch 'Frankenweenie' Takes It Back To The Days Of Classic Monsters With New Trailer & Comic-Con Poster

The Playlist By Benjamin Wright | The Playlist July 13, 2012 at 10:43AM

It’s hard to instill a great deal of faith in director Tim Burton after a string of films that has included the unneeded revisionist fairy tale “Alice In Wonderland,” along with the recent disappointment that was his update of the television series “Dark Shadows.” While 'Shadows' started promising enough – almost returning the helmer to his glory days of atmospheric joy -- it fell to pieces in the second and third act. Well, some of us are still remaining optimistic about his next directorial effort, a stop-motion feature version adaptation of his own 1984 short film, “Frankenweenie.”
0
Frankenweenie Character Posters

It’s hard to instill a great deal of faith in director Tim Burton after a string of films that has included the unneeded revisionist fairy tale “Alice In Wonderland,” along with the recent disappointment that was his update of the television series “Dark Shadows.” While 'Shadows' started promising enough – almost returning the helmer to his glory days of atmospheric joy -- it fell to pieces in the second and third act. Well, some of us are still remaining optimistic about his next directorial effort, a stop-motion feature version adaptation of his own 1984 short film, “Frankenweenie.” The early trailers have given us a “Nightmare Before Christmas” or even “The Corpse Bride” vibe, and frankly it’s the aspect of the filmmaker’s oeuvre that’s remained the most consistent in terms of quality (even though Henry Selick handled directorial duties on the Burton-branded 'Nightmare').

Well, things are continuing to look fairly impressive, as a new trailer appropriately entitled “Homage” has hit the web, and it certainly pays its respects to the sort of wild sensationalism we’d imagine you’d find in the previews prior to a Saturday matinee for man-eating ant terror “Them” in 1954. There’s a haunting voiceover, which sets up the story of a young boy who conducts a very “Frankenstein”-esque experiment to bring his dog back to life, while text that reads “Millions will be thrilled by the greatest story ever told,” and even cleverly refers to Burton as “The Master of the Fantastic.” It’s all in good fun.

A Comic-Con poster has also hit (via Bloody Disgusting) showcasing the vintage genre film theme, with a particular standout the promo encouraging audiences to see the film in “Spectactular 3-D, Spellbinding!” Not sure how much Burton has to do with all this, but as he’s a big fan of the very films the materials here are sending up, we'd wager he had some input.

“Frankenweenie” hits theaters on October 5th, and fingers crossed it brings a little ghoulish enjoyment just in time for Halloween.

Frankenweenie Comic-Con Poster

This article is related to: Film Trailers, Frankenweenie


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates