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SXSW Trailer Roundup

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 17, 2011 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | March 17, 2011 |

We’ve still got a few reviews coming up from our SXSW coverage, but given that most of the films we’ve seen and reviewed are under the radar and may or may not be hitting theaters or DVDs any time soon, they have largely unseen trailers. So here’s four trailers of some of the best of those indie films we were lucky enough to see.

Turkey Bowl: Seth’s review is here and the only thing I can add to it is that this was the film that every single one of us loved. Every film had some dissenters, if all six of us caught a film, at least one of us didn’t like it. Except this one. All of us liked this one. The description of “ten friends get together for an annual game of football, winner gets a Thanksgiving turkey” makes it sound like that one episode of “Friends” but doesn’t do it the slightest justice.

A Bag of Hammers: TK covered this one here and although I liked it a lot less than the other writers, it was still a solid and effective film. It’s funny seeing a trailer for the first time after you see a film though, and noticing what exactly they choose to focus on. This trailer shows a quirky indie comedy. The film is that, but also is very dark in places, something not really hinted at in the trailer.

Sound of My Voice: The review for this one is still in the works, but this is a fantastic movie filmed on a shoestring of a budget. It’s about a couple who attempt to infiltrate and document a strange insular cult. This trailer does it a disservice by really just being a brief clip, but it conveys the creepy vibe. And despite the description and trailer, it’s not really a horror film so much as a very subtle science fiction film.

Attack the Block: TK reviewed this one here and I have nothing to add since I didn’t get a chance to see it. But the trailer looks every bit as good as TK described. But then, it’s got Nick Frost and aliens, which are two things that simply make me happy.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.