Movie trailers have the sheer ability to make—or break—a movie; they are exciting, innovating, and just plain awesome. In order to show my love for movie trailers, here is my list of the top ten trailers of the past few years. Keep in mind that not all of these movies were great or even made a decent amount of money, but their trailers were captivating and had the power to leave viewers drooling at the edge of their seats…
10. Snakes on a Plane
I’m sorry, but how could this movie not be on the list? The trailer opens with dark music playing in the background. The words “They are the world’s deadliest creatures…They can attack without warning…And they’ve just been unleashed…30,000 feet in the air” are shown, and a plane roaring through the sky appears at the end. Who knows what these evil blood-chilling creatures could be? And then you see it: Snakes…and Samuel L. Jackson. I can vividly remember seeing this trailer in the theaters, and hearing the entire audience hysterically laughing. The entire marketing strategy of this movie was based on the sheer ridiculousness of the movie it was promoting. Though it wasn’t a box office hit, the movie was definitely one of the most talked about that summer.
9. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Exciting, colorful, fun, Sam Rockwell with long blonde hair and a white furry jacket. It’s a trailer that makes fun of trailers themselves, introducing the pure irony of the movie it is promoting. Definitely worth watching.
8. Young at Heart
The trailer begins with the names of several prestigious rock bands such as The Clash, The Ramones, and Coldplay flashing on the screen. The announcer introduces it as “the concert event Rock and Roll fans have dreamed of their entire lives…” and suddenly it cuts to an old woman’s mouth wailing the tunes of The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” This trailer is hilarious, inspiring, and definitely makes its viewers excited to see the movie.
7. Marie Antoinette
Upon seeing a poster for this movie, one would probably assume it was just another boring period piece about the reign of Marie Antoinette. However, once you view the trailer, you see a whole other side to the film. Though Kirsten Dunst is dressed from head to toe in clothing that seems ancient, she is shown more as a young celebrity living the life ala Lindsay Lohan than a queen. Rock music plays, music one would never associate with a movie such as this, and the words “SCANDAL…SEX…FAME…REVOLUTION” are shown. This trailer reveals the modern twist Sophia Coppola brought to an old story.
6. The Departed
When Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, a hot chick, Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb” and lots of guns, violence, and gangsters are shown on the same screen within two minutes, audiences have no resistance. This movie is absolutely awesome, and so is its trailer.
Want to know the top five? Check back next week for the rest!