The best new movie trailers: ‘Slaughterhouse Rulez,’ ‘The Nutcracker,’ and more

Rick Marshall

Crafting the perfect movie trailer is hard work. There must be enough intrigue to get the audience excited without revealing too much about the film’s plot points and key moments (even then, things don’t always work out perfectly). Because of the sheer volume of new movie trailers being released in a given week, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding them up and separating the good from the bad for you. Check out the latest must-see trailers below, whether you’re looking for action, horror, comedy, or something else.

It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: Spoiler alert! Tread carefully, friends.

Note: All release dates are for the United States.

‘The Nutcracker and The Four Realms’

The famous ballet and the story that inspired it —  E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King — make their way to the big screen for Disney’s live-action feature based on the story of a young girl who is whisked away to a magical realm populated by wooden soldiers, oversized mice, and a host of other colorful characters. Interstellar actress Mackenzie Foy plays the lead role, and the latest trailer offers a peek at the film’s CG-fueled setting and creatures, which feels akin to Alice in Wonderland and other recent, live-action fantasy films the studio has produced. There’s a lot of eye candy in the new trailer, but will the film be all style and no substance?

Release date: November 2

‘Slaughterhouse Rulez’

Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz co-stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for this horror-comedy about a British boarding school besieged by demonic creatures when a nearby fracking operation opens a portal to, well … someplace filled with terrifying, demonic creatures. This is the first trailer for the film, which also stars Ender’s Game actor Asa Butterfield and Michael Sheen.

Release date: TBD

‘The After Party’

An up-and-coming rapper becomes a viral joke when he throws up on Wiz Khalifa in the middle of a set, but his friend and manager is determined not to let the incident ruin his career. The two embark on a mission to get into an elite party filled with some of music’s biggest names but first, they have to get in the door. That’s the premise of The After Party, and the first trailer for the Netflix film is packed with hip-hop celebrities while featuring relatively unknown actors (and also quite a few decent laughs). It could be worth keeping an eye on.

Release date: August 24

‘Lizzie’

Hollywood has largely avoided the tale of Lizzie Borden, who was accused of savagely murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in 1892, but this film takes a deep dive into the notorious case with an impressive cast. Academy Award nominee Chloë Sevigny stars as Lizzie Borden, and her character’s relationship with a housemaid portrayed by Twilight franchise actress Kristen Stewart sets a series of events in motion that lead to the brutal murders that remain unsolved to this day. The first trailer is a moody, intense preview for the film that teases some compelling performances from its cast.

Release date: September 14