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6 trailers that have us hyped this week: Candyman, Rumble, and more

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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 brings us some chilling horror in the form of Saint Maud and Candyman, but also some family-friendly fare, like the monster-wrestling flick Rumble and the high-fantasy Netflix series The Letter for the King.


If you ever thought, “Huh, the one thing that would make WWE even cooler is if the superstars were actually GIGANTIC HYBRID MONSTERS,” you’re in luck, because that’s what Rumble is about.

Movie release date: Sometime in 2021

Hype level: 6. It could be goofy gags, but the concept is so out-there that I’m intrigued.

The Letter for the King

A heroic kid in a medieval fantasy world doesn’t seem like new fare, but the cast is surprisingly diverse for a genre that has in the past usually just included white people. There’s knights, magic, horses, and some fun, family-friendly humor.

Series release date: March 20 on Netflix

Hype level: A tentative 7. It’s been a while since we’ve had a good family-friendly high-fantasy live-action affair. Also, I can’t read “The Letter for the King” without hearing it to the tune of the part in Hamilton’s “Farmer Refuted” that goes “A message from the king!”


The 1992 horror movie gets a direct sequel for 2020, with Tony Todd returning as the mysterious urban legend who stalks a Chicago neighborhood and can be summoned by the chanting of his name. The first trailer for the Jordan Peele production (directed by Nia DaCosta) paints a suspenseful atmosphere — with a little help from a trailercore version of the Destiny’s Child song “Say My Name.”

Movie release date: June 20 in theaters

Hype level: 1000000. If a film can make “Say My Name” creepy, it has my undivided attention.

Radium Girls

A harrowing account of the Radium Girls, a group of factory workers fighting for justice after they were exposed to harmful radiation in the early 20th century. It’s a fictionalized account of a real historical event, starring The Act’s Joey King as a girl whose sister comes down with radiation sickness.

Movie release date: April 3 in theaters

Hype level: 8. The drama looks harrowing, plus it’s interesting to see a key piece of history that hasn’t been explored in pop culture much before.

Saint Maud

Hospice nurse Maud, who has recently found faith, begins to worry that a less-than-holy influence is at work when she becomes obsessed with a former dancer under her care. As she convinces herself she’s capable of saving her patient’s soul, she also seeks to free herself from past trauma, and puts herself through excruciating pain.

Movie release date: April 3 in theaters

Hype level: 5. This lands in the middle because it looks compelling, but also like a squeam-fest to watch.

The Eddy

Damien Chazelle is back, baby! If you were worried that First Man meant he was over his obsession with jazz, fear not, because jazz is back on Chazelle’s mind in full force. André Holland stars in a “musical drama” set in Paris and a jazz club called the Eddy.

Series release date: May 8 on Netflix

Hype level: 8. I mean, just look at André Holland.

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