The first trailer for My Sucky Teen Romance, the horror comedy from teen filmmaking sensation Emily Hagins (Pathogen, The Retelling) has hit the web after making its debut at this past weekend’s Wizard World Austin Comic-Con. And as you might not expect, it’s a movie that doesn’t feel like it was directed by someone who just turned 18. In fact, you wouldn’t have even noticed that it was directed by an 18-year old if I hadn’t just mentioned it. Twice.
But now that you know, please don’t hesitate to be impressed by the quality of the production. Allowing yourself to be awed by the maturity Ms. Hagins shows (especially visually) isn’t a distraction, either. There’s real talent here — talent that can be seen in two and a half minute teaser. And that’s not something we can say of every filmmaker, despite their age.
Now the tough love part: the trailer is a bit sluggish at times and some of that dialogue is rough and awkward in a way that you’d expect from a young filmmaker. And I’m predisposed to strongly dislike the word “sucky.” That said, how can we not be excited about what this trailer (and the director behind it) may grow into some day? In a world where we spend countless hours ripping big Hollywood for lacking originality and bemoaning the lack of attention paid to little Hollywood’s victories by mainstream audiences, we’d be doing ourselves and you a disservice if we didn’t bring attention to a film such as this. That, and the Robert Pattinson lookalike character makes me giggle. It’s proof that some of our next generation of kids are growing up right — with proper eyes for parody. There may be hope for the world after all, assuming the robots don’t kill us all.
My Sucky Teen Romance is currently in post-production. They are also still looking for more funding, which means that you can get in on the action. If you think that it’s worth seeing the dreams of one young filmmaker continue to come to fruition, you can head over to IndieGoGo and make a donation. They will even send you some swag and put your name in the credits. Or if you’re like me and you prefer to keep things anonymous, they will put your alias “Hugh G. Rection” in the credits instead. What can I say, I’m just trying to keep it classy.
Bottom line: we can’t wait to see more. Oh, and here’s a poster: