Movie Website Updates for January 6 - January 12

During the past week promotional websites for several movies were launched and some older ones added additional content. I can't say that it was a particularly busy week, but at least we had a site that was well deserving of recognition in Nanny McPhee - Official Site.

8 Below - Official Site
This is a lame site so far with only the production notes marked coming soon. But who knows, maybe some new features will be added before the movie hits theatres.

Alien Autopsy - Official Site
Just the teaser trailer so far.

Annapolis - Official Site
The three games were added and the quick time links were fixed. Overall it's a good site, but not up to the level of an award-winner.

April's Shower - Official Site
Simple site with all the usual features plus a ton of clips. I'm not sure it sells the film well, on the other hand.

Big Momma's House 2 - Official Site
The flash site launched this week and it has all the usual features, but nothing that comes close to setting it apart from the other sites on this list.

Brick - Official Site
The site has been redesigned, but the only content there now is the trailer and a new section. It does says Full Site Coming Soon, and the release date is a couple of months away so there's plenty of time.

Clerks 2: The Passion of the Clerks - Official Site
The teaser trailer is online, but like most such trailers, it is too much teaser and not enough trailer for my liking. However, it should get the base excited. There's also another video clip raising the sum total to 41.

Film Geek - Official Site
No real changes since the site first appeared on this column.

Glory Road - Official Site
The film opens tomorrow, so there shouldn't be features still marked coming soon. However, this site has Team, Clips, Behind-the-Scenes, and TV Spots are all marked coming soon.

Hard Candy - Official Site
I've been handed the links to the trailer, which is in WMV only. Small, Medium, Large. There's also a Tiny version of the trailer, but it was so small I couldn't read the text in the IM messages that start the trailer so it is more or less useless to me. I'm of two minds when it comes to this movie. On the one hand, it looks like it could be a really good thriller. On the other hand, I hate it when movies demonize the Internet; perhaps that's cause I make my living from the 'Net and I'm a little sensitive when people unfairly attack it. Even so, the film looks good enough to overcome my personal bias.

Hoodwinked - Official Site
No updates since last week, which means the world of Hoodwinked, one video clip and two music videos are still marked coming soon.

Lady in the Water - Official Site
New look, no new content.

Last Holiday - Official Site
Two clips were added to the site just in time for tomorrow's release.

Nanny McPhee - Official Site
Huge site with tons to see and do including several clips, a few games, a behind-the-scenes look at Nanny McPhee's make-up and more. The heart of the site is the map to the Brown house where you can travel to each of the five rooms. There you can find the aforementioned clips, games, etc. but you will also be able to click on seemingly random objects for a bit of animation. (For instance, you can make a wall crack or some windows break.) And if you explore enough and accept all of the rules you can find bonus downloads. Overall an excellent site and easily the winner of the attentive Weekly Website Award.

Running Scared - Official Site
The first six minutes of the movie are online, but you have to prove you are at least 17 years old, which again means giving out more information than I'm willing over the Internet.

See No Evil - Official Site
Just the trailer so far, which left me cold. I'm not a fan of Teenage Slasher Flicks, especially the more sadistic ones, and there's just too many of them coming out.

Tristan & Isolde - Official Site
All the usual features are here, plus a couple of extras, but nothing that really makes the site stand out.

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story - Official Site
There's a voice mail added to the site from a person who apparently doesn't get the gist of the site.

Underworld: Evolution - Official Site
A new game was added to the site, which is very similar to the games found on The Legend of Zorro's Official Site, among others. Because the timer was a little short for moving four players by yourself, the game lost a lot of its potential for strategy. Maybe when there are more people there, there will be less of a need to play one-on-one.

When a Stranger Calls - Official Site
There's a big interactive section added to the site, but it gives out too much information in my opinion. Then again, it is a remake so trying to keep the surprise a secret might be a little hard.

When Do We Eat - Official Site
Lots of information on this site, with just a touch of style. I liked the short character bios but the full trailer didn't do it for me.

- C.S.Strowbridge


Date posted: 2006-01-12