Coming Soon: May 15th, 2020

Greetings, and welcome to this week’s edition of Back Lot 605’s Coming Soon column! Once again, we’re providing a peek at what’s available for streaming and VOD this weekend and beyond. Here’s what’s coming soon for the week of May 15th, 2020:

New Streaming and VOD Premieres

Scoob!

It may be hard to believe, but America’s most famous mystery-solving dog, Scooby-Doo, just turned 50 years old this past September! Over the decades, the Scooby-Doo franchise has reinvented itself many times, by way of various new series debuting frequently on Saturday mornings and on Cartoon Network. In recent years, Scooby’s also made the leap to the big screen, with 2002’s wildly successful live-action Scooby-Doo movie (and its 2004 sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed), which starred Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard, and Linda Cardellini (and written by James Gunn!). And now, here comes Scooby’s first-ever big-screen animated feature… or well, it was supposed to go to theaters, until COVID-19 forced Warner Bros. to move this feature to VOD. Why? Well, not only to entertain quarantined families, but also to help sell the vast amount of movie merchandise that’s already in stores.

So what exactly does Scoob! add to the world of Scooby-Doo? Well, part of this movie is a prequel, showing us how young Scooby and young Shaggy first met (and how Scooby got his name), as well as how they met fellow mystery-solvers Fred, Daphne, and Velma. We then move to the modern day, as the Mystery Machine gang takes on what the plot synopsis describes as the “dogpocalypse”: a plot involving the release of the mythological Greek ghost dog Cerberus. (Or a kid-franchise-friendly version of him, that is!) And finally, this movie is going to kick off what is intended to be an interconnected Hanna-Barbera cinematic universe, with other (non-Scooby-related) characters from the legendary TV animation studio popping up in this movie.

But the voice cast for this movie has been the source of some fan controversy. While legendary voice actor Frank Welker (the original Fred back in 1969, and the current voice of Scooby-Doo himself) voices Scooby in this movie, a brand-new cast of famous actors has been recruited to play the rest of the team. Zac Efron is taking over as Fred, Amanda Seyfried is Daphne, Gina Rodriguez is Velma… and Will Forte is the new Shaggy, a move that’s upset many fans, namely because Matthew Lillard has continued to voice Shaggy in various animated projects since the movies’ release. (Lillard wasn’t happy to hear the news, either!) Rounding out the cast: Mark Wahlberg as The Blue Falcon, Ken Jeong as his loyal sidekick Dynomutt, Jason Isaacs as Dick Dastardly, and Tracy Morgan as Captain Caveman. (Premieres Friday, May 15th on VOD rental and purchase.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzlEnS7MmUo

Seberg

This week’s Amazon Studios original movie is a failed awards contender from last fall, which Amazon Prime acquired after mixed runs at Venice and Toronto. Kristen Stewart stars as legendary 1960s actress Jean Seberg, who’s best known for starring in Godard’s French New Wave classic Breathless. In particular, this movie takes a political-thriller bent, as it covers her support of the Black Power movement, which in turn caused the FBI to begin surveilling her. Other cast members include Jack O’Connell, Margaret Qualley, Zazie Beetz, Anthony Mackie, and Vince Vaughn. Directed by Benedict Andrews (Una). (Premieres Friday, May 15th on Amazon Prime.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tck5EBUTeoc

Monstrum

This week’s Shudder original is quite the mash-up: It’s a South Korean period piece that’s also a monster movie! Set during the 16th-century reign of King Jungjong, it follows the king as he receives word of the titular man-eating monster ravaging his kingdom… and he must decide if this is just a rumor fueled by political scheming, or if there really is a monster afoot. But you can probably guess how that plays out. 🙂 Directed by Huh Jong-ho. (Premieres Thursday, May 14th on Shudder.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gq8YCRwSiE

Into the Dark: Delivered

Finally, we regret to inform you that we forgot last weekend’s installment of the Blumhouse/Hulu holiday-themed horror movie series Into the Dark! Whoopsie! 🙂 And this particular entry is not exactly Mother’s Day-themed… but it’s close enough! It follows Valerie (Natalie Paul), a pregnant woman who’s not looking forward to her impending entry into motherhood. At pregnancy class, she meets fellow mom-to-be Jenny (Tina Majorino!!!), who takes an unusually strong interest in Valerie’s baby. Directed by Emma Tammi (The Wind). (Premiered Friday, May 8th on Hulu.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUKhbohdLPI

Older Movies New to Streaming

Netflix:

  • Public Enemies (2009) (premieres Saturday, May 16th)
  • Soul Surfer (2011) (premieres Sunday, May 17th)
  • Trumbo (2015) (premieres Tuesday, May 19th)

Hulu:

  • It’s a Disaster (2012) (premieres Friday, May 15th)
  • Like Crazy (2011) (premieres Tuesday, May 19th)
  • Trial by Fire (2019) (premieres Tuesday, May 19th)

Amazon Prime:

  • Like Crazy (2011) (premieres Tuesday, May 19th)
  • Trial by Fire (2019) (premieres Tuesday, May 19th)

Shudder:

  • Goodnight Mommy (2014) (premieres Monday, May 18th)
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) (premieres Monday, May 18th)
  • The Dirties (2013) (premieres Monday, May 18th)

Disney+:

  • Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) (premieres Friday, May 15th)

HBO GO/HBO NOW:

  • Joker (2019) (premieres Saturday, May 16th)

The Criterion Channel:

  • Thursday, May 14th: Short Films by the Quay Brothers – The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer (1984), This Unnameable Little Broom (1985), Street of Crocodiles (1986), Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987), Stille Nacht I: Dramolet (1988), The Comb (1990), Anamorphosis (1991), Stille Nacht III: Tales from Vienna Woods (1992), Stille Nacht IV: Can’t Go Wrong Without You (1993), In Absentia (2000), The Phantom Museum (2003)
  • Friday, May 15th: Double Feature: Knockout! – The Harder They Fall (1956), Raging Bull (1980)
  • Saturday, May 16th: Saturday Matinee – The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
  • Sunday, May 17th: Written by Frances Marion – Stella Dallas (1925), The Scarlet Letter (1926), The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926), The Wind (1928), Their Own Desire (1929), Anna Christie (1930), The Big House (1930), Min and Bill (1930), The Champ (1931), Blondie of the Follies (1932), Cynara (1932), Dinner at Eight (1933), Secrets (1933), Riffraff (1936), Knight Without Armour (1937), Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood (2000)
  • Monday, May 18th: Criterion Collection Edition #682 – Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (1970)
  • Tuesday, May 19th: Short + Feature: Fassbinder and His Friends – Angst isst Seele auf (2002); Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (1974)
  • Wednesday, May 20th: Three by Diane Kurys – Peppermint Soda (1977), Entre nous (1983), Children of the Century (1999)

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Derrick Veurink has been consuming anything and everything movie-related since he was 5, and is an encyclopedic fount of random movie information. He is an avid physical media supporter, and sees nearly every major theatrical release. (Yes, even "Playmobil: The Movie".)
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