The Best -- and Worst -- Movie Promos of the Week

The Best -- and Worst -- Movie Promos of the Week

Nov 23, 2012

Not out of your Turkey Day food coma just yet? Have no fear; I’ve sorted through all the hot new movie promotional material and picked out the delightfully riveting and laughably disastrous for you. Sit back, relax, sip some Alka-Seltzer and take a look.


The Best Stuff


1. This Is 40 Red-Band Featurette: Based on its promotional campaign, This Is 40 doesn’t look like comedy gold, but there’s something about the environment and characters that’s just wildly magnetizing. The film’s brand new red-band featurette is charming to the max, suggesting the full feature may really manage to earn that 134-minute running time. Warning: The following is NSFW. [via Yahoo]



2. Dark Skies Trailer: Could Dark Skies be the Insidious and Sinister of 2013? I’m still betting on James Wan’s The Conjuring, but based on this first trailer Dark Skies could come close. Stunning visuals, curious situations, creepy happenings and a score that enhances them all tenfold? The alien invasion of the horror genre could really work.


3. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Motion Poster: The Hunger Games franchise is officially king of the motion poster. Sure, it’s cool to have a snazzy image playing on repeat, but the art of a motion poster is emulating a tone and bringing back a spark of what you felt while watching the first film. This new motion poster for Catching Fire takes that idea one step further, offering up a chill in the form of a striking passing-of-the-torch between the Hunger Games logo and the new one for Catching Fire.



The Worst Stuff


1. The Awakened Trailer: If you can’t get the basics of a story across in a trailer, odds are the feature is in some major trouble. This piece for The Awakened starts off on the right foot, simply getting across the point that the main character lost her mother, but how does that lead to blood, guns and someone trying to kill her? By the looks of this trailer, via lots of melodramatic nonsense.


2. The Last Stand Russian Poster: Cut and paste alert! The poster designers for The Last Stand have totally been caught red-handed. The most recent domestic poster for the film isn’t “Worst Stuff” bad, but now that the new Russian one reveals that Johnny Knoxville and Jaimie Alexander are interchangeable it totally is.


3. Elysium Photo: There’s nothing wrong with this new still from Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium, per se, it’s just frustrating how similar it is to the one released back in July. Especially when a movie taking place in 2159 when the Earth is in ruins and the wealthy live on an idyllic space station should have so much more to offer visually. Enough teasing -- it’s time for more!


What are your favorite and least favorite movie promos this week?

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