It’s hard to pick this week’s scariest trailer. Was it one of the terrifying clips for the horror flicks “Child’s Play” and “Ma”? Or Will Smith’s disturbingly blue genie in “Aladdin”? Here’s the rundown, ranked from most to least horrifying.
‘Aladdin’ (May 24)
After an initial teaser in October that showed too little, the follow-up shows too much … of Smith, who looks more creepy than cute as the Genie emerging from the magic lamp to grant the title character’s wishes. The specter of Robin Williams, who voiced the genie in the 1992 animated original, hovers over this live-action remake, and even a performer as winning as the Artist Formerly Known as the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air may not be able to make us forget the comic’s performance, at least based on this dispiriting sneak peek.
‘The Hustle’ (May 10)
A gender-switch remake of the exquisite 1988 Steve Martin-Michael Caine farce, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” this casts Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway as con women who target a young tech billionaire (Alex Sharp) as their mark. But there’s nary a laugh in the trailer, which sinks to sex-trafficking, constipation and blind-people gags.
‘Child’s Play’ (June 21)
The witty teaser for this reboot of the Chucky franchise opens as if it’s a commercial for the toy company that manufactures the deadly doll. The tantalizing minute-long spot only shows Chucky in shadows, but his mayhem is right in your face. Glimpses of Aubrey Plaza (“Ingrid Goes West”) and Brian Tyree Henry (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) indicate this could be a cut above the brutally effective 1988 original.
Octavia Spencer reunites with the director Tate Taylor, but they’re a long way from “The Help.” This social thriller from Blumhouse (“Get Out”) casts the Oscar winner as a maternal figure who allows a group of unruly teens to party at her house — of horrors. The setup looks somewhat similar to Neil Jordan’s forthcoming shocker “Greta,” but it should be fun to see Spencer show her range as a dangerous loon.
‘Tolkien’ (May 10)
Nicholas Hoult (“The Favourite”) stars as J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the “Lord of the Rings” series, in this biopic focusing on his early years and how they shaped his vision of Middle-earth. The trailer’s sweeping visuals cut between “Hobbit”-like action and harrowing World War I battle scenes. And the homage to the spinning “O” from the “Rings” films in the title sequence is a stroke of genius.
‘Yesterday’ (June 28)
It sounds horrific on paper: A singleton suffers a head injury (a tired trope from “What Men Want,” “Isn’t It Romantic,” “I Feel Pretty,” etc.) and wakes up to discover that after a massive power outage, he’s the only person across the universe who’s ever heard the Beatles. But written by rom-com master Richard Curtis (“Four Weddings and a Funeral”) and directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle (“Slumdog Millionaire”), this could be a charming sleeper. The cast includes Himesh Patel, Lily James, Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran.