SXSW ’11: ‘Attack the Block’ Trailer Reminds Me of When Movies Were Fun!

Remember the days when you’d be watching Showtime or TMC and they’d play House, Night of the Creeps, Fright Night or even Monster Squad? There was something special about that time where movies were always engaging and fun. Maybe it was seeing someone closer to your age battling ghouls, or something else, but when I finished watching the trailer for Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block I had “that” feeling.

Inside you’ll find the trailer debut for the alien invasion horror film which stars Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter, and Nick Frost in a film that follows a gang of South London teenagers defending their housing project home against an alien attack.

The pic will have its premiere at this month’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Also dig on the official website and Facebook.


Attack The Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a housing estate into a SCI-FI PLAYGROUND. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And weapon wielding teenage thugs into heroes. Think ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 only with monsters and a tower block. Or LA HAINE crossed with ALIENS. It’s inner city versus outer space.

Trainee nurse Sam is walking home to her flat in a scary South London tower block when she’s robbed by a gang of masked, hooded youths. She’s saved when the gang are distracted by a bright meteorite, which falls from the sky and hits a nearby parked car. Sam flees, just before the gang are attacked by a small alien creature that leaps from the wreckage. The gang chase the creature and kill it, dragging its ghoulish carcass to the top of the block, with they treat as their territory.

While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of meteors fall. Confident of victory against such feeble invaders, the gang grab weapons, mount bikes and mopeds, and set out to defend their turf. But this time the creatures are bigger. Much bigger. Savage, shadowy and bestial, they are hunting their fallen comrade and nothing will stand in their way. THE ESTATE IS ABOUT TO BECOME A BATTLEGROUND. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her, and the block’s, only hope.

Trailer courtesy of our friends at Empire:

Source: Empire
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