In a world, of chaos and uncertainty. In a universe trapped light years from home, Emmakwall Productions brings you, this summer –
(coming to a cinema near you soon)
Trailers are generally pretty darn wonderful. Firstly, they are short. Regular readers will know the trepidation I feel towards films over 120 minutes. I just dislike sitting still for such a long time. Obviously there are exceptions to this ‘rule’ and I do watch films longer than two hours. I just don’t always want to – and that’s the difference.
Trailers are cool because they pack in the highlights – funny moments, action packed car explosions or Zac Efron with his top off. They often star the Trailer Voice Guy and they pretty much always include decent music to enhance the clip and grab attention.
They can also be scary. Last year when I watched the trailer for The Babadook on my phone, I got so scared at the raspy Baba….dooook voice I threw my phone at my boyfriend whilst screaming “turn it off!!!!” – I was only 28 at the time though.
In fact I have – and I’m being completely serious – watched trailers that are better than the film they advertise. Outlaw for example – that trailer kicked arse! I still watch it sometimes now for fun (crazy times in my household) convinced that maybe the film is better than I remember. It’s not – it’s fucking shit, but the trailer makes it look brilliant.
Back in 2009 I was so deliriously excited with the Inglourious Bastards trailer I called myself the Bear Jew and watched it every day until I got to the cinema to watch it. Luckily I loved the film more than the trailer (and it had a duration of over two hours).
Not everyone likes trailers I suppose. On movie night what do you say when the DVD goes in? Are you impatient? Are you shouting “skip to the menu!” with a mouth full of M&Ms and a handful of crisps. Perhaps you quite enjoy watching the trailers, or at least find the extra pre-movie time handy – more time to look for snacks and the TV remote. If I had a pound for every time I’d asked out loud “where’s the TV remote?” I would not be in full time employment right now.
Spoof or parody trailers are another reason I love trailers. I have a rather silly sense of humour and find it fabulous that we silly-senses-of-humour can unite on the internet.
Now there are generally two types of spoof trailer: the first makes the film look like a different film entirely and the second just makes that film look silly. I love both and here are four of my all-time favourites:
Completely hilarious re-telling of this horror classic as a life-affirming, corny family movie. Couldn’t be better!
This trailer just takes the piss and is very, very silly. It’s the comments embedded over the top that I love – “it’s difficult with manual transmission” can be heard as Bond dices with death during a terrifying car stunt.
This is really well made and makes Mary Poppins look like a creepy villain in a horror movie. Excellent effort and very believable!
Makes it looks as though Henry is in love Jimmy. I know, I know, I need to grow up. But it’s funny. And the music is ridiculous!
Have a poke around on YouTube and see what you can find, there’s plenty on there.