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Trailer Round-Up: Sci-Fi Silliness, True-Crime, Heralded Horror, Dolly Parton, and More!

By Kristy Puchko | Film | March 23, 2021 |

By Kristy Puchko | Film | March 23, 2021 |


Whether you’re in the mood for true-crime unraveled, a delightful docu-series, provocative drama, skin-crawling horror, family-friendly science-fiction, or a healthy dose of Dolly Parton, we’ve got you covered with our latest trailer round-up.

Miracle Fishing: Kidnapped Abroad: Exclusively on discovery+ on March 25.

If you watched the 2000 Russell Crowe/Meg Ryan drama Proof of Life, you have some idea of the story of the Hargroves, whose father was kidnapped on a rural road in Colombia in 1994. Decades later, his son, Miles Hargrove, shares what it was like living under this trauma, by revealing diaries, home videos, and interviews with his mother, brother, and tight circle of friends, who helped them through hell.

Worn Stories: Only on Netflix starting April 1.

This one looks really cute. A docu-series based on the New York Times Best Seller, Worn Stories explores the closets of a wide array of people to discover what we wear and what it means.

Mapplethorpe: Director’s Cut: Coming to digital on April 2.

In 2019, Ondi Timoner helmed a biopic about controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (played by Matt Smith). Now, here comes the director’s cut, which promises “restored scenes depicting Mapplethorpe’s childhood love of photography, his embattled relationship with his father, and his lingering, ambivalent connection to the Catholic faith.”

Dolly Parton: A MusiCares Tribute: Coming to Netflix on April 7.

Musician/movie star/icon/philanthropist Dolly Parton is honored in a star-stuffed event, which includes Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, and many, many more.

Held: Coming everywhere on April 9.

This horror-thriller begins with a couple (Jill Awbrey and Bart Johnson) seeking to save their marriage. But the automated smart house that was meant to be a retreat fast becomes a prison. Directed by Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff.

Moffie: Coming to theaters and On Demand on April 9.

Oliver Hermanus directs this war drama about a young man forced into compulsory military service to defend the apartheid regime of 1981 South Africa. Not only must he fight to survive, for his sanity and soul, he must also hide that he is gay…and falling for a fellow soldier. Kai Luke Brummer, Barbara-Marié Immelman, and Michael Kirch star.

Them: Coming to Prime Video on April 9.

Produced by Little Marvin and Lena Waithe, Them is a terror anthology series with a first season centering on a Black family who moves from 1950s North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family’s idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next-door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them. Deborah Ayorinde, Ashley Thomas, Alison Pill, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Melody Hurd, and Ryan Kwanten star.

86 Melrose Avenue: Coming to On Demand on April 20.

Writer/director Lili Matta unfurls a crime thriller about an ex-Marine (Dade Elza) suffering with PTSD, who takes hostages at an art gallery. Parks and Recreation’s Jim O’Heir co-stars.

The Marijuana Conspiracy: Coming to digital on April 20. (4/20 - get it?)

Inspired by real events, writer/director Craig Pryce created a drama about five women, who sought a fresh start in the 1970s by participating in a study on the effects of weed on women. Julia Sarah Stone, Morgan Kohan, Brittany Bristow, Tymika Tafari, and Kyla Young star.

Bloodthirsty: Coming to On Demand on April 23.

I’ve been cheering for this genre-bending horror film since its Fantastic Fest debut. Amelia Moses directs Lauren Beatty in a story about an ambitious songstress, and the cost of fame. (Oh, and look who’s quoted in the trailer!)

The Mitchells Vs. The Machines: Coming to Netflix on April 30.

Formerly titled Connected, this animated adventure comes from the studio that brought us Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. Plus, it boasts voice work from Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Mike Rianda, Eric Andre, Olivia Colman, Fred Armisen, Beck Bennett, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Charlyne Yi, Blake Griffin, Conan O’Brien, Doug the Pug, Sasheer Zamata, Elle Mills, Alex Hirsch, and Jay Pharoah.

Which trailer has you the most intrigued?

Kristy Puchko is the film editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.

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