There has been an increasing amount of news relating to Trespass in the last few weeks! About a month ago the ‘first poster’ for the film was produced, with the release date stated on it as October 14th. There was speculation whether this was an official poster and date, as, to put it bluntly, questions were raised about the photoshopping in the poster. It was also rumoured the film would be going straight to DVD.
However, since then, lots of ‘official’ news has turned up!
- The film will be released in US cinemas and ‘video-on-demand’ on October 14th. It will follow on DVD on November 1st.
- The poster was indeed official.
- Trespass will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, as posted about here a few days ago.
- A few early reviews have been posted about the film, presumably from people having seen a preview screening of it.
- Finally, in the past couple of days the first official trailer for the film has been released! Check back in a minute for that to be posted here.
The official poster can now be viewed in our Gallery, and you can read about those preliminary reviews I mentioned, plus blu-ray specs, further down this post.
Early Buzz: ‘The Thing’ Prequel and Joel Schumacher’s ‘Trespass’
We’ve got advance word today on two films. One, the prequel to The Thing, is an object of great curiosity to many fans of John Carpenter’s 1982 film, which stands as a benchmark for practical creature effects. The other, Joel Schumacher‘s home invasion movie Trespass, which stars Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage, just seems like an oddity at this point. Surprisingly, the word on both is relatively positive.
And then there’s Trespass. Movieline points to a couple of IMDB message board reports — take these with a larger grain of salt than usual, in other words — that suggest the film might almost work as a violent thriller. The first review says,
Trespass preys on our deepest fears of home invasions . Schumacher doesn’t want to make us feel better about these things. In this Movie he is hyper aware of his audience and their expectations for such a film. And so Trespass is as much about torturing the audience as the characters [...] Trespass is one of Schumacher’s finest movies, The performances are outstanding across the board. The direction and writing are masterful [...] The title of the movies suggests a Thriller with a couple of twists, however audiences are exposed to disturbing, sick, survival ride.
Another review pushes the idea that this is a very violent film:
The violence is extremely brutal and unrelenting. The bloody realism may cause some viewers to turn their head. The film becomes more insane from this point on turning into a endless pursuit of cat and mouse. Some people may complain that the film contains certain plot holes. I felt that by director leaving certain things unexplained until the very end, it added to the intensity.
So… could Trespass live somewhere in the same neighborhood that houses The Last House on the Left, Funny Games and Kidnapped? No idea, but the idea of seeing Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage and Ben Mendehlsohn go through he violent wringer is, I’ll admit, somewhat appealing.
And from Movieline, who posted about this first and included the full reviews:
Early Viewer Response Suggests Trespass is Joel Schumacher’s Funny Games
Get out your grain of salt and join me this morning over at IMDB, where the poster-challenged, release-date-addled Nicolas Cage/Nicole Kidman thriller Trespass has doubled its positive viewer response literally overnight.
Which is to say: A tipster points out that two people now claim to have seen Joel Schumacher’s troubled film, which is making the test-screening rounds even as it’s abandoning its Twitter profile and apparently skipping any semblance of fall-festival buzz-building. And while their comments run the gamut from vaguely positive to exultant sub-literacy — again, assuming they’re real at all (and they do seem to be) — let’s focus on the basics: Is Trespass just Schumacher’s version of the notorious Michael Haneke torment-and-torture effort Funny Games?
First up, let’s hear from the redoubtable “trance888” (needless to say, spoilers and syntacticide ensue below):
Trespass preys on our deepest fears of home invasions . Schumacher doesn’t want to make us feel better about these things. In this Movie he is hyper aware of his audience and their expectations for such a film. And so Trespass is as much about torturing the audience as the characters. The film begins so innocently. The couple ( Cage & Kidman ) arrive at their beautiful very upper class house after a social evening gathering . Sarah hears a knock on the door and she meets Ben Mendelsohn & a horrific vision of home invasion starts …
The Kidnappers hold the family hostage for One evening. Violence is rarely threatened, as their insincere faux politeness clearly masks their hidden agenda of torture and humiliation when the situation gets out of control . It will take Sarah’s strength of will to find her way out of the situation and save her ” daughter ” .
Trespass is one of Schumacher’s finest movies, The performances are outstanding across the board. The direction and writing are masterful ..
The title of the movies suggests a Thriller with a couple of twists , however audiences are exposed to disturbing , sick , survival ride.
It could easily ruin your day , clearly obvious from people’s reactions after leaving the screening .
Haha! That Joel Schumacher, always ruining people’s days. Still, he had me at Ben Mendehlsohn.
There’s more where that came from if you care, but now there’s this as well, posted this morning by “reenst”:
The Movie was screened in Regal Cinemas – LA last Tuesday , I didn’t know what to expect from this film as I didn’t see any trailer or any promotional stuff . The beginning of the movie was slow but got interesting when came along. You could tell something was going to happen
The story starts easy, but as it moves on, peculiar things start to happen. This movie keeps you guessing in such a way, you are riveted to your seat, hoping for a quick resolution to the terror. Although the story is very simplistic and nothing original, the film still manages to grab the viewer. It has flawless lighting and camera work, great acting and a truly disturbing psychological intensity.
The violence is extremely brutal and unrelenting. The bloody realism may cause some viewers to turn their head. The film becomes more insane from this point on turning into a endless pursuit of cat and mouse. Some people may complain that the film contains certain plot holes. I felt that by director leaving certain things unexplained until the very end, it added to the intensity. Very suspenseful and horrifying
Got it. Can’t… wait?
Millennium Media Entertainment is planning a Blu-ray release of the thriller Trespass this November. Directed by Joel Schumacher (Tigerland), the film stars Nicolas Cage (Face/Off) and Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) as a couple held hostage by two brutal criminals (Cam Gigandet, Priest, and Ben Mendelsohn, Animal Kingdom).
While the full technical and supplemental details for the Blu-ray have not been announced – in fact, Millennium has yet to release even a trailer – the film will have two separate Blu-ray editions: a Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack and a Blu-ray-only package.
Trespass is expected to street on November 1st.