The Best - and Worst - Movie Promos of the Week

The Best - and Worst - Movie Promos of the Week

Dec 28, 2012

Throw all the horror movie spoofs, celebrity cameos, gross-out jokes and slapstick gags into a trailer you want, but that’s not getting it into the Best Stuff, Scary Movie 5. And, you know what? The same goes to you, A Haunted House!

The Best Stuff

1.  Django Unchained Trailer: Django Unchained rolled into its wide release with a bang. Unlike most of the earlier trailers, this one ditches the Brittle brothers bit and puts the focus on Django’s search for Broomhilda. It’s got a great fresh feel all while keeping in the confines of the world courtesy of the wildly appropriate John Legend tune and unforgettable imagery.

2. The Place Beyond the Pines Trailer: The Place Beyond the Pines looks a bit like Drive with a motorcycle, but so what? It’s Ryan Gosling robbing banks on a motorcycle! But in all seriousness, this first trailer suggests The Place Beyond the Pines could be another big one for Gosling and the supporting cast members, too. The stakes are high and every scene is oozing with emotion, all of which is further enhanced by a beautifully foreboding tone.

3. First Four Minutes of Warm Bodies: R doesn’t talk, he barely emotes and spends the large majority of his time shuffling around a deserted airport, but based on the first four minutes of Warm Bodies, 90-plus minutes with him should be a blast. The opening strikes a wonderful balance between humor and how sad the situation truly is, while also offering up an engaging and thorough introduction to R himself.

The Worst Stuff

Update: The Movie 43 poster originally included here was, thankfully, just some bad fan art.

2.  Safe Haven Featurette: You know what’s more irritating than yet another schmaltzy Nicholas Sparks adaptation? Another schmaltzy Nicholas Sparks adaptation that comes with a featurette that consists of 75% trailer and 25% dull sound bites. If there’s no interesting behind-the-scenes information to share about your movie, save some time and energy, nix the featurette idea all together and just stick with a trailer – that’s basically what this video amounts to anyway.

3. Aftershock Trailer: I wanted to blame this one on high expectations, but no -- the trailer for Aftershock is just flat-out bad. There’s nothing wrong with campy gore fests, but when you’ve got a trailer for a camp gore fest and opt out of including any charming character information, you’re left with that gore and nothing more, and, even as someone who can’t get enough bloody, gross goodness, that’s never a good thing.

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

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