The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

The Best Movie Trailers of the Week

Aug 16, 2014

Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.

The Babadook


I don’t care much for the melodrama in the first half of the trailer, but after this new promo for Rudderless gets past the sad stuff, it really picks up simply because the music is so good. We’ve seen main characters unable to get devastating losses before and come close to self destruction because of it, but what then makes Rudderless feel like a fresh, rousing spin on the scenario is how Billy Crudup’s character winds up coping with it – through music, and music that’s catchy enough to make you want to see the full film for that alone.

The Guest

It’s hard enough for a full feature to nail a tone as unique as the one in The Guest; can you imagine how difficult it’d be to establish such an exceptional tenor in a one-minute-and-30-second teaser trailer? All of the promotional material for Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett’s latest has been quality stuff, but this new international trailer is the first that actually offers a really solid sense of what you’re in for by intercutting between good David and bad David, and then putting it all to a rip-roaring beat.    

Camp X-Ray

There’s no doubt that a good deal of those 3.9 million-plus views on this Camp X-Ray trailer come from the fact that Kristen Stewart is in it and nothing more, but it’s in no way a promo that leans on her stardom. Even though this is just a short synopsis of the story we’ll get in the full film, it’s a very well structured synopsis, and that makes it especially moving and memorable all on its own. We get an introduction to Stewart’s character’s situation, come to understand the issue that rattles her world and then get a taste of what she’s going to do to fix it. It’s a powerful progression that makes you feel invested, even without all the fine details.

Maps to the Stars

The lack of clarity in this new trailer for David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars is a little off-putting, but the performances can support it. Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska make for a particularly magnetizing pair. On the one hand, we’ve got Moore’s character who’s presented as a point-blank fame-hungry diva, but then Wasikowska’s has so many mysterious layers to her. They’re both fascinating, but in remarkably different ways and that sparks an interest in seeing how and why they come together and then what becomes of their seemingly tumultuous situation.

The Babadook

I’ve seen The Babadook and ever since, it’s been pretty tough to keep myself from walking around and whispering, “Ba ba-ba dook, dook, dook,” to everyone around me. Just check out this new trailer for the film; you’ll see what I mean. We’ve seen horror movies centered on creepy fairy tales and urban legends before, but none like Mister Babadook. And the concept is promotional gold, too. This trailer essentially plays like a campfire ghost story. It leaves you incredibly uneasy, but also curious and eager for more – is the Babadook out there? What’s he capable of? Am I at risk? Keep your eye on this. It’s a special one.

What are your favorite movie trailers of the week?




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