Thursday, July 02, 2009

Trailer Tournament, Round 2: There Is No Band

Low Res presents a 64-team NCAA-style bracket tournament to choose the best trailer of the past decade. At the end of each post, YOU make the call: which was the more effective trailer? Not the best movie, exactly, but the best two-and-a-half minutes that made you want to see said movie. You can take a look at the full bracket here, and you can catch up on the entire tournament so far here. Enjoy!

[On a formatting note: I've tried to both embed the trailers (where possible) and link to the trailers someplace where I know they won't be pulled. If there's no embed, blame YouTube. Just click the link on the movie's title and you'll get it.]


The INDEPENDENCE DAY Region

4. Cloverfield (2008)
The perfect sneak-attack trailer, made all the more effective because almost nobody knew a project of this scope was even in the works. The lull lulls, the chaos is chaotic, and then that perfect cut right as soon as the Statue of Liberty's head is visible. That pretty much sold an entire opening weekend's worth of tickets right there.



Awesome trailer attributes: teaser; creep-tastic




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5. Mulholland Dr. (2001)
Oh, David Lynch trailers. For a guy who is so famously opposed to every ancillary aspect of movie marketing, his movies always lend themselves to brilliant trailers. Of course, Lynch was probably thrilled to see just how little of the Mulholland plot gets into this clip. So much to love here, with the retro song (that doesn't even lose points for featuring Melissa George) laid over imagery that veers wildly from beatific to terrifying. Once we get to the scary old couple and the "Silencio" guy and the screaming, I dare you not to pee your pants.



Awesome trailer attributes: cool song/score; teaser; creep-tastic





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3 comments:

Ed Howard said...

This is kind of a no-brainer for me: would it even be possible to make a bad trailer for Mulholland Dr.? I guess if you tried to do the conventional Hollywood plot summary trailer, but that would be pretty tough to do in this case. Meanwhile, pretty much any quasi-random assemblage of footage from the film would yield a pretty awesome, visceral experience. Lynch has always been about the impact of his images and the mood of the film more than the plot anyway, so his films are very easy to condense into compelling trailers.

Joe Reid said...

Ahh, but is that a reason to vote FOR the Mulholland trailer or against it? Is it so much of a no-brainer that we shouldn't give it as much credit? (Just playing devil's advocate -- I love the trailer and think it's skillfully crafted.)

DuchessKitty said...

I'm surprised this contest is so close. It's tied folks!