[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.]
2. Children of Men (2006)
Quick check...yep, still makes me cry. Even divorcing myself from how much I loved the film itself, I have to rave about the construction of the trailer. The premise is laid out immediately and simply, the chaos depicted, the hopelessness ... and then out of the chaos comes the girl. The music is stellar not once (the orchestral version of "Gimmie Shelter") but twice (the Sigur Ros song). ...Sorry, I just watched it again and got goosebumps. Just amazing.
Awesome trailer attributes: cool song/score
6. The Strangers (2008)
If you need me to tell you why, you've clearly never seen it. Click the link, press play, and remedy that immediately. The first time I saw this trailer in a movie theater, even having seen it online and knowing what was coming, I jumped and curled myself into a ball on my seat. You don't even want to know how I contorted myself during the run of the actual movie. I should also note that the entire marketing campaign for The Strangers was flawless, with other scary-as-fuck trailers, killer posters, the whole nine.
Awesome trailer attributes: great tagline; creep-tastic
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