Movie trailers are an art by itself. What they do is advertise a studio product. Sometimes, and that certainly proves the case in recent times, the trailers themselves end up much better than the film they are promoting.
Sad to say, here are 8 movie trailers in my opinion that first makes you a giddy fanboy/fangirl, then round up your friends and family to see the film, only to end up for the movie sucking in all of your faces and make your acquaintances wonder what exactly the hell is wrong with you for bringing them to such crap, which you will awkwardly try to justify (i.e. sucking up) for the coming weeks before accepting your humiliating fate. (I’m pretty sure those who went and saw The Phantom Menace did just that, I kind of enjoyed that movie though. Yes.)
8. Superman Returns (2006)
Remember when Bryan Singer (temporarily) quit the X-Men franchise to take on the Caped Crusader? Remember when hunky Brandon Routh was plucked from nowhere ala Christopher Reeve to don the movie? Remember how this was once touted as the most expensive film ever made at the time? No, you don’t, because this movie was boring as crap.
7. Terminator Salvation (2009)
Now, in all fairness, this wasn’t a particularly terrible film in my opinion, and I can see McG’s intent in trying to divert the universe James Cameron built into a whole new somber direction as seen in the trailer here. However, when said direction reveals itself to be a Mad Max/Transformers rip-off, sometimes, you just have to put your foot down. Still better than Genisys, though.
6. Pearl Harbor (2001)
Speaking of Transformers, in just two and a half minutes, this trailer promises you the heroic war movie tropes brought to life by the team of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay. Sadly, audiences will have to wade through 2 and a half hours of Titanic-wannabe diaper doo-doo to experience said heroics.
5. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Saw the trailer, paid for the ticket, got a Papa John’s commercial instead.
4. Dreamcatcher (2003)
Sometimes trailer-makers are the best goddamn marketers available. They managed to make shit this retarded look spooky as hell.
3. Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
Black Hawk Down meets Independence Day? Cool trailer, gives the foreshadowing of an epic, dark battle involving soldiers and aliens. But the actual movie starts, with editing that makes you wish you’d shove your face in a meat blender, it’ll probably be a better visual experience.
2. AvP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
Holy shit, was this movie insane. Again, epic trailer, shitty movie. Though not as horrible as I thought it was upon rewatching it, in fact, it’s kind of batshit crazy. Always appreciate the effort to go-for-broke.
1. A Good Day to Die Hard (2013)
As a massive John McClane fan, I say fuck you for selling me on the notion of a good John Moore film. Really, it’s all there in the trailer. All the best bits. All fucking 2 minutes and 35 seconds of it.
Well, that’s the list. Now excuse me while I cry in the corner as I contemplate me in the past expecting all of these movies to kick ass.