Where would we all be without movie trailers? In their absence, to find out what the upcoming movie releases were going to be like we’d have to… I don’t know, read something. Or something.
Well, good news ‘Subjective Advertising Dressed Up as Exclusive Preview’ fans, as Think Outside the Box brings you Trailer Trash, an exciting combination of both video and words. Don’t know which upcoming feature you should spend your money on? As long as you only want to see one of the following four films you now have your answer…
Insidious: Chapter 2, released 13th September 2013
Without even pressing play you can see that the second (presumably, of many) installment in the Insidious franchise is going to be a scary one. I mean just look at that woman. She’s ominously pointing – with her mouth all open and dark. She’s either very bad news or she’s just seen that Miley Cyrus VMA appearance and is thoroughly disapproving.
Anyway, Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up where the last movie left off (well, not exactly – as previously Patrick Wilson’s character seemed to be possessed and about to butcher his family – but let’s gloss over that) with the Lambert family continuing to be tormented by the malevolent spirit world. The original was essentially a horror designed by committee, with all of the standard clichés included, and TOTB doesn’t suggest you expect much different second time around, with the trailer itself full of the tropes that you can tick off like some kind of unsettling bingo.
The Call, released 20th September 2013
TOTB doesn’t know about you, but we love a good trailer. A little teaser of all the exciting movie action to come really whets our appetite, but with the trailer for The Call the studio has basically shoved a 10oz steak in our face before giving us a chance to enjoy the aperitif.
This 2 minute 31 second preview of Halle Berry’s latest thriller essentially takes us through the narrative of the entire movie and leaves us in no uncertain terms as to where the film is going. She plays a 9-1-1 operator who feels she is responsible for the death of a young girl at the hands of a serial killer – and she’s back at the centre of the case when she is on the call of a seventh potential victim where she must make up for previous mistakes. If you’re intrigued by the premise we suggest clicking stop after 45 seconds.
Thor: The Dark World, released 30th October 2013
The general worldwide consensus is that if you didn’t love Avengers Assemble then you don’t have a soul – but then if you are going to find a humanity vacuum anywhere it will probably be the internet so it may be some of you are unmoved by the thought of a second edition to the Thor franchise. Even so, it can’t be denied that the trailer to Thor: The Dark World is action packed.
The one concern would be that it doesn’t look as though it has that same sense of fun as Avengers Assemble or indeed the first Thor film, which could be it’s undoing, but then given the stock the Marvel universe is receiving nowadays the trailer could be 5 minutes of Chris Hemsworth blow drying his hair and it would still be a box office hit.
Gravity, released 8th November 2013
Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock Gravity appears, from the trailer at least (which by the way is an example of how to make a great teaser), to have a similar sensibility as Open Water and Buried, in as much as it is about human isolation and generally desperate circumstances.
It is director Alfonso Cuarón’s first helming of a major film (his only other notable credit is as writer of the Children of Men screenplay), but the cinematography and score give the impression of a movie that could prove to be stunning.