A movie trailer is expected to perform two main actions; it should tell you what the film is generally about (tone, style, genre) and it should make you want to see the film. By trailer’s end, you should know enough about the movie to make a simple decision- whether to watch or avoid based on your previous experience of similar movies. Fans of comic book movies will recognise the tights and fights in a trailer that indicate another impending comic book adaptation is imminent. Similarly a promotion starring Seth Rogen and containing several gags will inform you that a new comedy film you may or may not be interested in is soon to land in cinemas.
Occasionally a movie trailer is recut by a fan or two and appears on youtube, taking a familiar movie and portraying it as a different genre thanks to specific editing and sometimes a different soundtrack. More often than not these recut trailers are poorly done but every so often a wonderful version of a once familiar movie appears. Here are a few of the best:
This classic psychological thriller about a family isolated in an empty hotel is well known for the breakdown of Jack Nicholson’s character Jack, yet the trailer below presents a family-friendly romantic comedy complete with the Peter Gabriel hit Solsbury Hill.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Arnie said he would be back and here he is in what was originally an action-packed sequel but now appears to be a romantic drama about a relationship between a young boy and a cybernetic life-form complimented by the wonderful song Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. The voice over threatens to ruin the more subtle and clever trailer but this is still worth a watch.
Back to the Future
Another romance recut but far superior to the Terminator 2 trailer above, this cleverly edited promo piece takes the multitude of hugs and some key lines from the Back to the Future trilogy, places them out of context and creates Brokeback to the Future. Simply put- brilliant.
A fairly easy target for the recut treatment given the somewhat homoerotic undertones present during the movie. A select few scenes sliced together with a Dido soundtrack creates another man-on-man romance.
Completely taken out of context and edited into a Seventies horror movie, the family friendly film based on Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory looks utterly disturbing with Gene Wilder transforming from an eccentric chocolate-maker to a psychopathic murderer.
Restructured as a horror film, this short but excellently executed trailer sends a chill down your spine…
Hope you have enjoyed these examples of recut trailers. There are plenty more recut trailers available on sites such as Youtube.
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