Trailers are generally pretty darn wonderful. Firstly, they are short. Regular readers will know the trepidation I feel towards films over 120 minutes. To be honest 90 minutes is my ideal but 120 minutes is acceptable. And so, with trailers I don’t get pins and needles or smoke deprivation. I just really dislike sitting still for a long time.
Obviously there are major 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. To be fair, the last ‘long film’ I watched was The Wolf of Wall Street and I loved every minute.
Trailers are cool because they pack in highlights – funny moments, action packed car explosions or Zac Efron with his top off. They often star the Trailer Voice Guy (“In a world….”) 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 for fun (crazy times) convinced that maybe the film is better than I remember. It’s not – it’s fucking shit, but the trailer makes it look brilliant. I won’t even post it here because everyone will think about watching it and I can’t be held responsible for that.
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.
Facebook banned me from calling myself Donnie Donowitz though.
Not everyone likes trailers I suppose. When sitting with a group of friends for a movie night, what do you say when the DVD goes on? Are you The Impatient One? Are you shouting “skip to the menu!” with a mouth full of M&Ms and a handful of popcorn, or perhaps you quite enjoy watching the trailers, or at least find the extra pre-movie time handy – more time to look for extra bags of crisps 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.
Anyway, I get the feeling I’m going slightly off topic here. What’s the post title again? Oh yeah – spoof trailers.
Spoof or parody trailers are another reason I love trailers. I love having a laugh and I have rather a silly sense of humour. It’s fabulous that we silly-senses-of-humour can unite on the internet to share and watch spoof trailers (and funny cat videos of course) with one another.
There are generally two types of spoof trailer: the first makes the film look like a different film entirely and the second type just makes that film look pretty silly.
I love both examples, here are four of my all-time favourite –
1. The Shining
The hip cats amongst you will already have seen this classic but it’s worth re-posting due to its complete hilarity and believability as a life-affirming, cosy family movie. All together now…HA!
2. Casino Royale
This trailer just takes the piss. And the silly person who lives inside my head can’t get enough of it! The comments embedded over the top have me in stiches – “it’s difficult with manual transmission!” can be heard as Bond dices with death during a terrifying car stunt.
3. Mary Poppins
This is really well made and makes Mary Poppins look like a creepy villain in a horror movie. Excellent effort, very believable.
Makes Henry look gay. Like Casino Royale, not the sharpest edit but if you have a really immature sense of humour (like me) you should find it pretty darn funny. The music is ridiculous!