Monday, July 13, 2009

Trailers from Hell!

At the end of last week, I just happened to find a site by happenstance

As you've likely gathered from the title of this post, that site is called Trailers From Hell.

The basic idea of the site is that iconic film professionals like Joe Dante, Edgar Wright, Rick Baker and John Landis amongst others present movie trailers for cult, grindhouse and classic films with a commentary track about the film. It is at first a strange idea, but it works out quite well, especially given the lengths of some of those trailers, which clock in at over 2 minutes, giving the person doing the commentary ample time to sum things up.

The work Joe Dante and Alan Arkush do on the site is especially insightful, and not just because Dante is the man. It also stems from the fact that both these men worked with Roger Corman, including shaping the trailers, so they have actual inside information about the movies in question and how the trailers/slogans came together on some of the trailers they are critiquing, which is a nice touch.

And seeing the list of movie trailers they've done this for really takes me back to movies I saw a long time ago... like I always forget about The Kentucky Fried Movie for instance.

From both a historical and fun perspective, the site is just awesome, but I guess you all knew I was going to say something like that, and I can't recommend it enough.


Dalton J. Fox said...

Awesome. I'll definitely be checking that site out from time to time.

MC said...

It is definitely worth it, though I have to admit I haven't taken a look at the John Landis ones yet.