Author Topic: The Terrible Trailers of Modern Hollywood  (Read 1186 times)

Bad Ambassador

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Re: The Terrible Trailers of Modern Hollywood
« Reply #30 on: April 11, 2019, 04:18:27 PM »
As RLM noted, every blockbuster type film trailer starts with a shot of a city skyline, and now I can't unsee it.

Re: The Terrible Trailers of Modern Hollywood
« Reply #31 on: April 11, 2019, 06:43:28 PM »
Surely the worst trailer of the past decade has to be Dredd.  It was clearly obvious from watching it the first time, that they gave away the death of the lead villian.

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Re: The Terrible Trailers of Modern Hollywood
« Reply #32 on: April 11, 2019, 07:17:16 PM »
It's understandable that they're risk-free though? Fuck the trailer and loads of people won't go to see your $100m movie. They are a crucial part of the marketing aren't they?

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Re: The Terrible Trailers of Modern Hollywood
« Reply #33 on: April 13, 2019, 09:58:10 PM »
Pet Sematary is a great example both of being packed with spoilers (it's a pretty slight film, and pretty much every story beat is in there), but also being contrary to the film's own intentions. There's a very significant moment in the book, where Gage, the son, is hit by a truck and dies. This is then the crux of the plot, in which Gage is brought back to life via the cemetery. The filmmakers made a clear decision to surprise fans of the book by subverting their expectations by having the daughter being the one to die, and then be brought back. It really shows in the film as an intended misdirect, to the extent that they actually set up the scene to make you think Gage is going to get hit, only revealing the truth right at the last second. Very clearly they wanted it to be a huge, shocking surprise, which would mean the film still had unpredictability even if you were familiar with the book. Trailer comes out, all of that gets shown. Any surprise, spunked.

Re: The Terrible Trailers of Modern Hollywood
« Reply #34 on: April 13, 2019, 11:36:21 PM »
Pet Sematary is a great example both of being packed with spoilers (it's a pretty slight film, and pretty much every story beat is in there), but also being contrary to the film's own intentions. There's a very significant moment in the book, where Gage, the son, is hit by a truck and dies. This is then the crux of the plot, in which Gage is brought back to life via the cemetery. The filmmakers made a clear decision to surprise fans of the book by subverting their expectations by having the daughter being the one to die, and then be brought back. It really shows in the film as an intended misdirect, to the extent that they actually set up the scene to make you think Gage is going to get hit, only revealing the truth right at the last second. Very clearly they wanted it to be a huge, shocking surprise, which would mean the film still had unpredictability even if you were familiar with the book. Trailer comes out, all of that gets shown. Any surprise, spunked.

Yeah I was actually excited to see the new adaptation until I saw that trailer and worked out what the major change was. They sanded the edges off and fucked it.