“Fuller House” finally has a release date. It also has a deeply unnerving new teaser trailer.
Based on the classic family sitcom “Full House,” which debuted in 1987, “Fuller House” serves as a gender-flipped take of the original series. In “Full House” Danny Tanner (Bob Saget) had been widowed, fending for himself with his three young girls until his brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos) and best friend Joey (Dave Coulier) moved in.
In “Fuller House,” it’s eldest daughter D.J. Tanner-Fuller (Candace Cameron Bure) who has been widowed and left alone with her three boys, until sister Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin) and best friend Kimmy (Andrea Barber) move in to help out.
While a spinoff of a classic television series isn’t the worst idea in the world, Netflix has managed to present a truly creepy teaser trailer to promote the series. Scored with Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me,” the camera moves through exterior shots of San Francisco, before exploring empty shots of the well-known interior sets.
The house appears to have been frozen in time, furnished but not occupied, like a living monument to a time past. And then there’s a dog.
Now, obviously, in the original “Full House” there was a golden retriever named Comet (Buddy) but this is no Comet. (Largely because Buddy, the dog actor, died in 1998 after a successful career that included originating the title role of “Air Bud.”)
However, it’s strange that there’s a young, collared dog sitting in a pristine-looking house that’s completely empty of other life. Then the voices start. The characters from the show talking just outside the door, giving pertinent information about new cast members and generally talking over each other to remind the audience of who they are.
Yet we never see them. The dog, to its credit, seems as disturbed by this turn of events as anyone, and seems concerned about who (or what) might come through that door once it’s opened.
Los Angeles Times Hero Complex editor Meredith Woerner thinks she knows what’s up, though.
Which, while dark, would be a cogent commentary on the constant recycling of old content through zombie shows. Personally, I’m hoping that “Fuller House” really digs into the Tanner curse, which takes young and unsuspecting spouses and kills them off in order to form a strange proving ground for each Tanner.
Maybe that’s why Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olson) won’t be in the series: a simple matter of self-preservation.
Zombie ghosts or not, the 13-episode season of “Fuller House” will debut on Netflix on Feb. 26.
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