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Judging the hype-worthiness of 8 new trailers

Our Fantasy Island wish ... is for more trailers!

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A million movie trailers drop online every week, which can make it hard to keep track of what’s actually coming up in theaters and on home screens. To help parse through the endless stream of upcoming movie and TV releases, we’ve assembled a list of the most exciting (and in some cases, weirdest) trailers that came out this week, along with a hype level rating, tracking whether these particular trailers actually excited us about the upcoming product. Afraid you might have missed something? Fear no more.

This week’s offerings are an unpredictable bunch: a film about a potentially deadly eating disorder, a simple romance, an alternate history, and the resurrection of a popular franchise and a popular character.

Swallow

Actual real-time experience of watching this trailer: Huh, this seems normal. Like, okay, this housewife is clearly unhappy, and there’s something wrong. She’s pretty timid and insecure, especially considering that her in-laws are kinda awful — could this be a build up to her “Gone-Girl-ing” her husband? Is she going to kill him? What’s that shot of a marble? Why is she putting it in her mou— holy SHIT.

Movie release date: Mar. 6 in theaters

Hype level: 6, because I’m curious but I don’t know how I’ll be able to… swallow this. (Get it?)

Fantasy Island

A lush vacation turns quickly into a nightmare. I’m getting Cabin in the Woods vibes from this one, except that it’s set in the tropics, and definitely more personalized to the characters’ fears. There’s a high-school bully crossing paths with an adult victim, a dead child come to life, and more!

Movie release date: Feb. 14 in theaters

Hype level: 7 — who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned “Be careful what you wish for” horror story?

Better Call Saul

Everybody’s favorite disastrous self-fulfilling prophecy returns for a fifth season in the new trailer for the penultimate season of Better Call Saul. Jimmy — now professionally known as Saul — is back, as are tough guy Mike (who sends a would-be group of assailants running) and, in a surprising turn of events, Hank “A$AC” Schrader. Given that the series now has a (sort of) end date with the announcement that the sixth season will be its last, we expect the show will be ramping up in intensity, as Saul Goodman becomes his own man.

Series release date: Feb. 23 on AMC

Hype level: 10. 10s all the way down. Better Call Saul may just be the best drama on TV.

The Photograph

It’s a love story! Am I really jaded and cynical to have expected some GOTCHA in the middle of this trailer, revealing that one member or the other of this happy couple is a serial killer or something? (Maybe it’s because I watched the Swallow trailer right before this one). But The Photograph is a tried-and-true love story about two people falling head over heels for each other.

Movie release date: Feb. 14 in theaters

Hype Level: 6 — it looks endearing, like a perfect Valentine’s Day movie, but I’m still expecting someone to die or something.

Followers

As Netflix grows, the platform is expanding its roster of original content all around the globe. One of its latest additions, Followers, is a series that takes place in Tokyo and follows several women working in media who struggle with social media, fame, and societal expectations as they progress in their respective careers.

Series release date: Feb. 27 on Netflix

Hype level: 5. The trailer is a bit short to offer a full picture of what the series is about, but the struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with social media is #relatable.

The Pale Horse

Rufus Sewell stars as a man whose life starts to unravel when his name appears on a list found in the bottom of a dead woman’s shoe. The people on that list are dying one by one, and they start coming to him with various theories on what’s going on, and how to stop it.

Series release date: Mar. 13 on Amazon

Hype level: 9. We love a good mystery!

The Plot Against America

An alternate-history series starring John Turturro and Winona Ryder, in which Charles Lindbergh runs for president against Franklin Delano Roosevelt, amid the growing threat of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. Lindbergh’s “America first” policies and growing anti-Semitism grip the nation. It’s chilling.

Series release date: Mar. 16 on HBO

Hype level: 8, though fans of alt-history and World War II may see it as a 10.

F9

Frankly, saying anything more than AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH would spoil a big surprise. This trailer gives away a lot about the upcoming “Fast Saga” film, so you might want to sit back and watch and be amazed, or try to avoid this so you can enjoy the reveals in the theater. Oh also, John Cena plays Vin Diesel’s character’s little brother — that’s not too spoilery, right?

Movie release date: May 22

Hype level: A big F9.