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Trailer Watch: 'Beautiful Creatures' One of Many Hoping for the 'Twilight' Lightning to Strike Twice

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 19, 2012 at 12:20PM

Now that the final "Twilight" installment has come and proven its box office powers, it remains to be seen whether any of a host of other supernatural romance YA sensations can cast the same spell on moviegoers. "Beautiful Creatures" (February 3), based on "The Caster Chronicles" and starring Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenrich as curse-crossed young lovers, is certainly trying to hook those feeling Bella-and-Edward withdrawal. Trailer below.
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Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenrich in "Beautiful Creatures"
Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenrich in "Beautiful Creatures"

Now that the final "Twilight" installment has come and proven its box office powers, it remains to be seen whether any of a host of other supernatural romance YA sensations can cast the same spell on moviegoers. "Beautiful Creatures" (February 3), based on "The Caster Chronicles" and starring Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenrich as curse-crossed young lovers, is certainly trying to hook those feeling Bella-and-Edward withdrawal. Trailer below.

The film is adapted from the first novel of the NY Times bestselling book series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. It follows small-town Southern girl and outcast Lena (Englert, who is Aussie director Jane Campion's daughter and can also be seen in "Ginger & Rosa") as she approaches her 16th birthday, unsure of how her family's dark curse will manifest. Her cousin, Ridley (Emmy Rossum), has some sirenized eyes to show for her 16th birthday. Meanwhile, Lena falls in love with Ethan (Ehrenrich, best known from "Tetro"), who tries to protect her as the curse grows near. Viola Davis, Jeremy Irons and Annette Benning also star.

Visually the film owes something to Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows," with plenty of kooky-Goth manse interiors, minus the '70s satirizing. The romantic angle in "Beautiful Creatures" is tapping "Twilight," but so much of the latter's success was owed to audience's rapture with the three leads. Whether Englert and Ehrenrich will set the world on fire, as the Stewart-Pattinson-Lautner trifecta did, is a major question.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.