Top 10 Teaser Trailers
I love a good teaser trailer. I especially love really creative ones and not teases that are simple compilations of the footage within the movie. Before the internet ruined any possible surprise a movie held, the best teaser trailers were those that used zero footage from the film advertised. In fact, they took the time to shoot new footage for only the teaser trailer, just to really keep you guessing about the film and its surprises within. Aside from the films being good or bad, here is a top 10 list of some cool teasers.
10. The Boy Who Could Fly
If you haven’t seen this film, you’re missing out on a great title from the 1980’s. Unlike the films “Martian Child” and “K-Pax”, this is another fantastical film where there is constant build-up of does he fly or is he just crazy? Not to give too much away, but this movie has one of the best payoffs ever. The trailer though I find interesting only because if you didn’t know the title by the end of the teaser, you would assume this was a sequel to the Breakfast Club or something. And then once that locker opens, we find out it’s about a kid that can fly? What an interesting turn.
9. Jurassic Park
Jurassic Park is great. Agreed? To this day, it is still some of the best CG work ever recorded and that was 20 years ago. And it’s interesting to me that they would hold back this much for everyone’s first glimpse at Jurassic Park which may be why I’ve placed it on this list. I almost can’t help but wonder if this was maybe a sort of pitch film to make the movie in the first place. No bells and whistles, just that mosquito and Spielberg’s name.
8. The Fly II
Cronenberg’s Fly continues to be an awesome movie. The sequel, not so much. But regardless, this is a pretty cool idea as a tease once you put it in the context of having never seen FLY II, let alone know it was even being made. I wonder if once people found out Eric Stoltz is the star, they were excited or let down back in 1989.
7. Total Recall (the Schwarzenegger version)
How great is this one?? Imagine watching this in a theater and really the only thing you have to go off of is it’s a Schwarzenegger movie and nothing else. No internet to go read up on it, absolutely nothing. Just some weird visuals, a rotating head and outer space. Awesome.
6. The Explorers
A great film from Joe Dante (director of Gremlins and The Howling) although the film seems to lose its way in the third act. Regardless, the teaser trailer is splendid. It’s mysterious and in the end fantastical leaving us only some clues as to what those kids could possibly be working on in that yard. Are they building a robot with some light welding? It certainly peaks one’s interest.
5.The Addams Family
The humor of the Addams Family films is great and this teaser showcases just that perfectly as the actress in the theater’s film turns to scream at the horror that is The Addams Family coming to the big screen. Beyond the cleverness of this teaser, did you notice something off about Uncle Fester? Christopher Lloyd played the character in both the first film and the sequel, but apparently not Fester in this teaser trailer. I guess Fester was a late casting decision for Lloyd so you have to wonder who that actor is. Is it just a fill-in person or actually someone we may recognize? Who do you think it is?
4. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
I have a soft spot for horror movies. Nowadays, they’re usually terrible and the filmmakers know it. But way back when, horror directors meant well and seemed to give it their best shot no matter what the chances. Case and point is the teaser trailer for Halloween III. Say what you will about the movie itself, but the teaser trailer is oddly artistic and needless to say creepy as hell for the only non-Michael Myers Halloween film. Which, in fact, I wonder if when people saw this teaser trailer thought it WAS a Myers movie. Easily one of my favorite teasers ever.
3. Back to the Future
Starting out like a commercial for Nike, this is a slick way to introduce us to Marty McFly and his time-travelling DeLorean. It’s interesting because we have no idea why he’s time-travelling, the plot is not at all revealed. I wonder if people back then just thought he was going back to bang Marilyn Monroe or something.
2. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III
I do enjoy a movie teaser that lures you into thinking it’s one thing and then pulls the rug out from under you. This teaser specifically not only does that, but does it in one of the more beautiful ways possible. The guy standing next to the pond could’ve, by the end, turned around and revealed to us that he was Leatherface, holding the chainsaw. But instead, a female zombie hand pushes the chainsaw out from the bottom of the pond into the air, falling into the hand of Leatherface, lightning then STRIKES the damn thing, turning it on, THEN we get the full picture Leatherface reveal. Epic. And awesome.
1. The Goonies
Unfortunately for all of you, my #1 choice cannot be found anywhere! I only know of its existence because of a trip I took to one of my favorite movie theaters ever, the New Beverly Cinema, which played before I believe a double feature of Superman & Batman. The teaser is simple in theory, each letter of the film’s title “GOONIES” coming onto the screen, one after the other. Here’s the sweet twist to it. Each letter represents a film from either Richard Donner or Steven Spielberg’s past filmography up until that time, with each movie letter looking like its original title design, accompanied with that film’s score. From my memory, I believe the G represented “Gremlins”, the O represented “Omen” and so on. It was especially cool because you would begin to guess which each letter’s film may represent, ending in of course S for “Superman”. Then a stone-like, back lit title emerged to reveal THE GOONIES. If you can find this teaser anywhere online, please share!