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Trailers
Topic by: Battie
Posted: July 15, 2005 - 11:08 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 18, 2005 - 11:12 PM PDT

author topic: Trailers
Battie
post #1  on July 15, 2005 - 11:08 PM PDT  
You know...I've brought this up a number of times before, but I have to give this its own discussion (that is, if anyone joins and stays on-topic for a day or two). Trailers these days are so very misleading. And they usually mislead one right into a crappy movie that LOOKED good.

For example, I just saw a trailer for Constantine (coming out on DVD). The trailer made the movie look wicked and cool and lots of other meaningless adjectives. Before I realized what the trailer was for, I thought, "Hey, cool! I want to see that!" But see, I have seen it. It's not a horrible movie, but it IS NOT that interesting looking (plus, it's not THAT much of an action/horror).

I also saw a trailer for a foreign film coming to US theaters this month (I am not naming it). It led me to believe the movie would have a lot of action. Well, I saw the movie, and it didn't. However, it DID have a really, really good storyline that twisted around itself, leaving me flat-out confused until the very end. It was quite awesome, in fact. I was expecting less, really, and even though I was disappointed with less action and horror than I believed, it was a good movie. ^_^ (And I'm willing to bet money I don't have that American audiences won't take it as well as I did.)

So, who else was misled into a horrible movie by a clever trailer?
dpowers
post #2  on July 16, 2005 - 4:31 PM PDT  
tons of times but the other way round, turned off a good film because of a hyped-up trailer -

the worst i ever saw because of its trailer was probably patriot games, with harrison ford. i got so turned on i went opening night. afterward, i went home, i slept. it was nowhere near as good as the irish films addressing the troubles from around the same time (mostly by jim sheridan and company).

that was 1992. now, when i see trailers, i see them as desktop computer templates filled with scenes from movie x and words from somebody's thesaurus. that's how they're built and that's about what they're worth.
woozy
post #3  on July 18, 2005 - 9:59 AM PDT  
I saw a trailer for the Wallace and Grommet movie yesterday and it made it look like mediocre american PG children movie fare (I was seeing Madagascar). Maybe it will be mediocre american PG children movie fare but I doubt it and still have hope for it. Sad when a superior art form has to stoop to recruit.

I hate previews that show all the best scenes of the movie and give the entire story. The previews for Bowfinger a few years back were hilarious but after seeing them so often the movie was very disappointing because I already had seen or read about the funniest scenes, knew everything that was going to happen and got nothing out of seeing the movie (which *was* a good and funny movie) that I hadn't already seen. Seeing it for the first time felt exactly like seeing it for the fourth time on television.
Battie
post #4  on July 18, 2005 - 1:18 PM PDT  
> On July 18, 2005 - 9:59 AM PDT woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I saw a trailer for the Wallace and Grommet movie yesterday and it made it look like mediocre american PG children movie fare (I was seeing Madagascar). Maybe it will be mediocre american PG children movie fare but I doubt it and still have hope for it. Sad when a superior art form has to stoop to recruit.
>
> I hate previews that show all the best scenes of the movie and give the entire story. The previews for Bowfinger a few years back were hilarious but after seeing them so often the movie was very disappointing because I already had seen or read about the funniest scenes, knew everything that was going to happen and got nothing out of seeing the movie (which *was* a good and funny movie) that I hadn't already seen. Seeing it for the first time felt exactly like seeing it for the fourth time on television.
> ---------------------------------

Yeah, I know what you mean. Kind of like the preview for an upcoming horror film, The Cave. Don't need to see it now.
IronS
post #5  on July 18, 2005 - 7:35 PM PDT  
Sometimes the trailers are at cross purposes. Take "Sky High". First, te trailer had the high school of superheros angle. Then it was the only kid without superpowers in a family and high school of superheros. Then the next trailer revealed what the kid's superpower is! What?!
Battie
post #6  on July 18, 2005 - 11:12 PM PDT  
> On July 18, 2005 - 7:35 PM PDT IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Sometimes the trailers are at cross purposes. Take "Sky High". First, te trailer had the high school of superheros angle. Then it was the only kid without superpowers in a family and high school of superheros. Then the next trailer revealed what the kid's superpower is! What?!
> ---------------------------------

I guess it's like them testing the audience to see which trailer is likely to bring the most people...only, they figure showing three or four different ones will likely bring in three or four times the original amount!

On that note...I may actually see SkyHigh one day. Bruce Campbell. ^_^ And one of the superkids, I could ALMOST swear, is this actor I'm into. :P

*does some research* Fifteen Minutes Later: Nevermind! But it did lead to me the fact that most of those "kids" are just slightly younger than me. Some by mere months. *sob* Yet, with the one exception of the kid-who-turned-out-to-be-someone-else...they all look so very young to me. Christ, now I'm afraid to ever hit on another guy for fear he'll be so much older than I. *sigh*

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