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Screenshot: Assassination Nation

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where sometimes we just can’t keep our bloodlust in check. Today we’ve got three different flavors of cinematic violence on-deck—from satirical, to dramatic, to low-budget but alluringly shiny—so let’s dive right in.

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First, and perhaps most gratuitously: A new red-band trailer for Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation, making its return trip to the THH docket. This new trailer is a lot more revealing—not just in the “buckets of blood and scantily-clad teenage girls” sense—but also in respect to the film’s tone, which eventually pivots into a generational conflict centered on youthful rage, kicked off after a hacker releases tons of private texts and social media info out into the world. It still looks painfully loud and over-the-top, but at least we’re finally getting a glimpse of where the movie’s angry, bloody heart might be.

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Next up: The much more somber (if no less brutal) A Prayer Before Dawn, from A24. Starring Joe Cole, and based on a true story, it’s apparently the tale of a guy imprisoned in Thailand, who struggles to find a way to escape persecution and violence by embracing another, more structured kind of violence.


Finally, we’ve got a cheap little visual treat, in the form of the new trailer for indie-sci-fi action flick Blood Machines. The trailer comes with an aggressively tongue-in-cheek plot synopsis (“An artificial intelligence escapes her spaceship to turn into a female ghost and challenges two blade runners to an galactic chase”) but the lurid colors and striking visuals are certainly enough to catch our interest.  

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