Last week in trailers: Stranger Things, Star Wars & more

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi had its official trailer release last week, and no major blockbusters were willing to compete with that screen time. The result? A week of smaller trailers that may not have the budget, but may just have the heart.

Here they are.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

I’m adding Star Wars: The Last Jedi here for formalities, because I’m sure the majority of people who wanted to see it already have — but, hey, one more time can’t hurt.

As a recap: Luke is afraid of Rey, who has no idea where she belongs. Maybe with Kylo Ren? Maybe not.

The Last Jedi is out in SA on 15 December.

Stranger Things

The second trailer for season two of Stranger Things is here, and it seems like Netflix has given up trying to shield Eleven from promos.

In this trailer you’ll get: a reminder that Ronald Reagan was once US president, canted angles, and a peek at the new girl character set to the synth tones we all know and love.

Catch the season premiere on Netflix 27 October. Spooky.


The trailer for Throughbreds offers little in the way of plot. All you’ll get is that two young upper-class girls lure in an older guy to help them with a sadistic plan of sorts.

But that’s all you’ll probably want: the film currently has a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes, with many labelling it “superbly unpredictable“. And who would want to spoil that?

Thoroughbreds is one of Anton Yelchin’s last projects, and does not have an SA release yet.

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women tells the story of William Marston, the creator of Wonder Woman, and his wife and girlfriend who helped shape the character we know today.

Ignoring the clickbaity thumbnail, the trailer offers a detailed look into the life and relationships of a fascinating inventor and psychologist who, despite his fame, never wrote under his real name.

The film is out in SA 17 November.

The Tribes of Palos Verde

The trailer for The Tribes of Palos Verde may start out like a thriller — and I’m not convinced it fully shakes that feel — but is in fact a family drama that tackles issues like deteriorating marriages, drug addictions, and eating disorders.

Based on the eponymous novel by Joy Nicholson, the film stars Jennifer Garner, Justin Kirk and Maika Monroe.

Tribes doesn’t have an SA release, but it will open in the US on 1 December.

The New Mutants

“When will we get a teenaged X-Men horror?” the crowds were screaming outside Marvel’s offices, and the studio’s finally caved to their demands.

The New Mutants tells of five young mutants just beginning to understand their powers who are kept in a “haunted house” against their will.

It stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) and Anya Taylor-Joy (Split).

The New Mutants hits South African shores 13 April 2018.


When you see the word “blockers” next to an image of John Cena, it’s easy to assume we’re talking about steroids. Unfortunately, it’s worse.

Blockers is actually short for “cockblockers” and is about three parents who attempt to stop their daughters from having sex at prom. It seems creepy, sexist, and definitely targeted at parents who misunderstand emoji — so at least there’s a market.

The film stars John Cena, Leslie Mann, and Ike Barinholtz. It doesn’t yet have an SA release, but will be in the US 6 April 2018.


Runaways is Marvel’s second trailer of the week targeted at teenagers.

The Hulu show tells of six teenagers who team up to defeat their “common enemy”: their evil parents. The show is set in Marvel’s cinematic universe, and shares continuity with its other films and TV shows.

The 10-episode series is set to premiere on Hulu in the US 21 November.

The X-Files

The latest X-Files season is almost here, and Mulder and Scully are still out here trying to save the human race and find their son.

The tenth season failed to hype fans or critics, and rallied a disappointing 65% on Rotten Tomatoes — but fans in the YouTube comment section seem eager that season 11 will outdo 2016’s lackluster comeback.

The X-Files returns in 2018.

She’s Gotta Have It

Spike Lee’s first joint, She’s Gotta Have It, is back as a Netflix series directed by Lee himself.

The series tells of Nola Darling, a “sex-positive, polyamorous pansexual” who balances her ambitions, friends, and three boyfriends while struggling to define herself.

She’s Gotta Have It premieres globally on Netflix in November.

Haters Back Off

It’s tough talking about how little I understand this show, because the title is just an endless retort to anything I have to say. Checkmate, I guess.

The Miranda Sings show is back for a second season on 20 October on Netflix.



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