Trailers are a great way for films to find an audience, especially when those films don’t have massive, multi-million-dollar campaigns backing them up. There were so many good, smaller trailers released last week, that we had trouble keeping up. So despite the fact that these are a bit delayed, we just had to get the previews for The Woman, Apollo 18, Blackthorn, Father of Invention and a new clip from the much-anticipated thriller Drive up for you because we’re just so damn excited. Most of these films made their debuts at film festivals, and are finally getting released to the public later this year. Check out the new trailers below…

Father of Invention

Father of Invention brings together a number of interesting actors including Kevin Spacey, Craig Robinson and Johnny Knoxville. The story follows Spacey’s character Robert Axel as he tries to rebuild his billion dollar empire. Once Axel was a wealthy and famous inventor, but when one of his inventions backfired and sent him to prison, he was forced to start over.

The film is directed by Trent Cooper whose previous project is Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector. Not only did Cooper direct, but he also penned the script with the help of Jonathan D. Krane. When the news first broke that Father of Invention was being made, Robinson’s role appeared to be on the serious-side, but after watching this trailer, we can rest assure that he’s sticking to what he knows.

The Woman

“They were an ordinary family, with an ordinary life” who just happened to find and take in a beastly woman to try and civilize her. Right.

Based on the best selling book by Jack Ketchum, The Woman follows a successful lawyer who captures and attempts to civilize the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast in the wild for decades, thereby putting the lives of his family in extreme jeopardy.

The film was premiered during the Park City midnight program at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. Many walked out during the screening, others became sick during the graphic scenes. One audience member even went as far to say that the film should be ‘confiscated and burned.’ The film does appear a little on the edge because it shows a woman in chains, being held against her will. But this is a new concept and it’s pushing boundaries.

Blackthorn

Here’s a film with a stellar cast and a great premise. The trailer’s okay, but it doesn’t do it justice. Blackthorn is a western that continues the story of Butch Cassidy.

As it turns out, Cassidy survived the standoff with the Bolivian military in 1908 and is quietly living out his years under the name James Blackthorn in a secluded Bolivian village. Tired of his long exile from the U.S. and hoping to see his family again before he dies, Cassidy decides to go back home, but has an unexpected encounter with a young criminal. He embarks on one last adventure, the likes of which he hasn’t experiences since his glory days with the Sundance Kid.

Blackthorn features Oscar nominated actors Sam Shepard and Stephen Rae, with Spanish actor Eduardo Noriega. The film will be released on September 2nd via Magnolia On-Demand and in theaters October 7th.

Drive

Ryan Gosling is a favorite right now. Onscreen he’s a charmer in his latest film Crazy, Stupid, Love. Off the screen he’s a superhero, stopping crime on the streets of NYC. And with this, he’s about to become a badass.

Drive made its world debut at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and was immediately praised. The story revolves around Gosling’s character who is a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. The film was adapted from a novel by James Sallies, of the same name. Drive also features Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Oscar Isaac and Ron Perlman.

This film looks amazing from every angle. The story, the cast, the trailer, the billboards, and now, this clip. This film hits theaters September 16th!

Apollo 18

Apollo 18 explores some of the mysteries revolving Apollo 17 which was the last mission to the moon, and launched on December 17th in 1972. Many say that this wasn’t the last launch, and Apollo 18 shows that two years later, in December 1974, two American astronauts were sent on a secret mission to the moon funded by the US Department of defense.

The film is considered to be based on found/ actual footage which the astronauts captured on that mission. NASA denies its authenticity, but others say it’s the real reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.

The film features English actors Lloyd Owen and Warren Christie, and is directed by Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego.

Fireflies in the Garden

Lastly there’s Fireflies in the Garden. The film debuted at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008, but it’s only now seeing the light of day. The film got picked up by Universal Pictures and will hit theaters on October 14th.

The film revolves around three generations of a family, with flashbacks to their growing up. The focus is on a overbearing father and his strained relationships with his son, and other family members. The film stars Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hayden Panettiere.

The film has a resemblance to The Tree of Life in that it goes back and forth. It looks intense. Dafoe makes one hell of a bad guy, and I’m excited for that.

What films are you excited for?