TOP 5 TRAILERS
As I’ve said before, I follow movies from start to finish. From concept and pitch, to casting, through pre and post production, until we are graced with the final product on the big screen. Sadly, when movies finally make it to us they tend to be a bit of a let down. That’s why the trailer has always been the peak of the movie going experience for me. Previews tend to be the best short version of any story told on film… after all, that’s how they get you to buy a ticket. Even if the end product sucks, the trailer can sell you on an idea and it’s potential.
Below I’ve listed my 5 all time favorites. I have to say before we dive in that I got this idea from my good buddy Heather over at Movie Mobsters who did one of these a while back and I was jealous and wanted to do my own. We no doubt have some similar opinions on the matter but, what can I say? Great minds think alike!
Anyway, here ya go (in order):
HONORABLE MENTION: SUPER 8.
This is the new trailer popping up that I’m jonesing for. Like J.J. Abrams work or not, from this to Star Trek to the #2 on this list, the guy knows how to put out a trailer that’ll put people’s asses in theater seats.
5. BLAIR WITCH PROJECT.
I watched this again today and it still gives me shivers. What’s amazing is the buzz it created and how no one knew if it was real or not… even though it’s based on a witch in a forest. I remember rumors that it was playing at the Junior College by my house (OCC) and that it was actual found police footage. People ate up all the hype.
4. SIN CITY.
We had never seen anything like this on film before and it was a bowl of eye candy. Not to mention it was based on a much revered comic property, had an amazing cast and hits about halfway through with a kick ass guitar riff from Robert Rodriguez’s band.
3. FIGHT CLUB.
Fight Club would go on to change my life (as I’ve talked about ad naseum many times) but it hooked me with this. I still get chills everytime the Pixies’ Where Is My Mind? starts to play at the end!
As I said above, I follow films from the very beginning. Well, when this trailer hit before the first Transformers movie I, like everyone else in the theater, was blown away because I hadn’t heard a single thing about it. Produced by J.J. Abrams, and filmed in secrecy, Cloverfield turned out to be one of the greatest Monster movies ever made. I still remember the collective silence in the theater, mixed with the occasional whisper of “Holy shit!” when the trailer ended. A mind blower for sure!
1. THE DARK KNIGHT TEASER.
My favorite trailer… all time… hands down. Not to mention that finding this clip online remains the greatest find of my life. Topping even a 10 year old Kaiderman’s discovery of the world of masturbation.
You have to realize that for months people were speculating on why Nolan had cast Heath Ledger as the Joker and what his Joker would be like. The role was standing lonely in the shadows of Nicholson’s 1989 performance which loomed large. Leading up to this, the only glimpse of TDK’s Joker that had been given was a blurry still through thick, muddy glass… a real teaser. This teaser trailer was our first real glimpse at what would end up being one of the greatest performances ever caught on film. The first words ever heard by the public. When I saw it, I called my wife to the computer and we proceeded to listen to it another 30 times. A feeling I hope I get to experience again!
That laugh… Oh, my God… that laugh… PERFECT!!!