HAZE (2017) – #MOVIETRAILERPhil Parker Screenwriting Articles Animal House, Blair Witch, college, filmmaking, fraternities, fraternity, haze the movie, screenwriting
HAZE – Fraternity from hell? Or a helluva fraternity?
This trailer for Haze takes me back! Granted, I only got a brief taste of the fraternity life in college, but what an eye opener it was! And not in a good way.
Find me Animal House!
During the 80s, I went to high school in Australia, so everything I knew about American fraternities (which was not much more than f**k all) came from watching Animal House. Naturally then, when my dad took me on a tour of US colleges, I wanted to know which schools had parties like THAT! (Hint – It sure as shit wasn’t the Naval Academy at Annapolis #nobigsurprise).
In the end, I didn’t choose a college based on that rather limited criteria. I didn’t even join a fraternity once I got there. But I DID get a glimpse of the greek world, and seeing this trailer for Haze brought some of those memories rushing back. Or should I say they came back UP – like those little bits of vomit you get in the back of your throat after ingesting three huge bean burritos and a cheap beer.
Screenwriting genius? Or a lumpy mess?
As a screenwriter, Haze to me looks like a cross between The Blair Witch Project and Animal House – the former being an empty shell of over-hyped nonsense; and the latter a masterpiece of teen humor. So which side of the great divide will Haze fall onto? Well, if you believe the quotes in the trailer, and the trailer itself is pretty freakin’ awesome I must say, then Haze could become its own cult classic.
But if the trailer is better than the film… well… it might be time to “Do the Bluto Do the Bluto Do the Bluto!”