There's nothing like seeing a great movie but sometimes the trailer for a movie is way better than the movie itself, and well...that kinda sucks. I think there's an art to making a great trailer, you don't wanna show too much but you can't show too little either. Music is also a big factor, the perfect song can make a trailer really shine. In some weird way I think a great trailer can stand on it's own, regardless of how good or bad the movie is. Here's some fairly recent trailers that I can remembering loving, some from movies that weren't that great and some from movies that were.
I always wanted to make a horror film, some sick, twisted, crazy horror film, but have the trailer be cut so that it was seen as a romantic comedy. People would go into the film expecting one thing and get the total opposite. Maybe the first week's audience wouldn't be happy but, when word got out, I think people would appreciate it. This last trailer is a spoof trailer for The Shining, it's cut to be a family drama. I'm sure most of you have seen this, but what the heck...
It's not a secret that Star Wars Episode 1 is not only a horrible Star Wars movie, it's just a horrible movie in general. Sitting through it is a task, it's so dense and filled with boring political plot points, bad acting and computer graphics. It feels more like an ILM portfolio showcasing CG techniques rather than a film.
I can remember as a kid watching it for the first time and leaving the theater confused. I thought maybe I wasn't watching as careful as I should have been? I dunno what it was but I felt like I missed something because, its Star Wars, isn't it supposed to be good? I thought, "Did I just black out for most of that movie? Was I daydreaming the whole time?" I begged my parents to take me again, so I could see what I surely missed but they wouldn't take me. I had to wait for it to come out on video when I finally realized that it wasn't just me, this shit really does just suck.