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HBO’s Chilling New ‘True Detective’ Trailer: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson Star

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Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson Star in ‘True Detective’ – HBO’s Chilling Upcoming Series

We usually don’t cover T.V. here on Movie Melt, but every now and again something could come around that is just too good to pass up on.  HBO is generally a good place to look for such times, and with it’s recent trailers for it’s anthology mini-series ‘True Detective’ we believe we have stumbled on a prime candidate.  When an 8-episode mini series has a cast consisting of Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan and Kevin Dunn you can essentially just classify it as a really long movie split up into parts, as opposed to a TV series.



Revolving around two detectives, Rust (McConaughey) and Martin (Harrelson) who cross paths as partners during a serial killer case that spans the course of 17 years, the show looks incredibly chilling and dark.  The trailers tease us with a unique and grisly murder, 17 years prior, as well as a look into the state of our detectives when the case is reopened all those years later (for a reason undisclosed by the trailer itself).

Both trailers, particularly the first, do an absolutely fantastic job of setting a tone for what the show will be like, and I can only hope that it lives up to the mood and quality established by them.  Containing small bits and pieces of what sound like monologues, from the two stars, their words are cold, chilling and brutally insightful.  We get the sense that these two men are hollowed out by whatever brutality they witness, and their lives have changed for the worse as a result of the case.  This is shown specifically in suggestions that Martin’s relationship with his family and wife (Monaghan) has fallen apart in the years following the murder.

What I would envision, is that the show will look to provide the perfect blend of the actual mystery at hand and the effects and collateral damages that it causes on the lives of those involved.  Maybe this is what it’s like to be a ‘true detective’ and possibly the reason behind the name.  Apparently the series, if successful will follow a similar formula to that of American Horror Story, in that each season is a unique story, independent of the previous, but in the same vein.

“There’s a feeling, you might notice it sometimes – this feeling like life has slipped through your fingers” (Harrelson)

“Someone once told me that your life is just a nightmare you keep waking up to – and like a lot of dreams, there’s a monster at the end of it” (McConaughey)

I’d say these quotes sum things up – the concept that their lives have slipped away as they focused their attention on this brutal murder – and the fact that they see the world for the dirty, disgusting thing that it really is, while everyone around them is living a lie.

I can’t wait for this one folks.  I just can’t.  True Detective will premier on HBO on Sunday January 12th, 2014 at 9pm Eastern.




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