[BEST & WORST '12] The Best Trailers Of The Year!

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In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need trailers. We’d magically show up at the movie theater, be seated in front of a screen and watch an amazing movie that we, up until that point, had never seen a frame of footage from.

But the world we actually live in is occasionally not-so-great, so trailers exist. Silver lining? At lot of trailers are badass! Some of them are sometimes (unfortunately) better than the film they’re selling! An effective teaser can often be an inspiring piece of work that you watch again and again.

With that in mind I set out to take a look at trailers released this year that actually got me excited. Some of the these movies haven’t come out yet, nor have I seen all of them. But that’s the point! If a trailer has me stoked about next year – it’s a success. And with some of the other teasers I almost wish I hadn’t seen the movie, so perfect were the two minutes they chose to promote it with.

Head inside for the best trailers of the year (in no particular order)!

Mr. Disgusting (Best/Worst) | Evan Dickson (Best/Worst) | David Harley (Best/Worst) | Lonmonster (Best/Worst) | Corey Mitchell (Best of Fest) | Supporting Staff (Best & Worst) | Ryan Daley (Best Novels)
Posters (Best/Worst) | Trailers (Best/Worst)

THE EVIL DEAD

Holy f*cking sh*t. I feel like almost every naysayer ate their words when they saw this. Judging by this trailer, this is a remake done right. Taking the spirit, idea and intent behind the original and then taking it to places the original filmmakers simply couldn’t at the time they made it.

WARM BODIES

In which director Jonathan Levine (50/50, The Wackness, All The Boys Love Mandy Lane) dips his toes back into the horror genre after the funny, touching character studies of his last two films. I know there are some haters out there, but this trailer has such a warm and infectious energy that I can’t resist it. Very much looking forward to this one.

PROMETHEUS


I included the teaser on last year’s list, but the full trailer didn’t hit until this year. What a thrilling and invigorating 2 minutes! The trailer that started the argument, “what if trailers are just too good for their movies to live up to now?” Can you remember the days when you thought Prometheus might rock this f*cking hard?

PACIFIC RIM

This trailer tells you all you need to know. Big, huge, Guillermo Del Toro. While I don’t think everything he does is perfect – his characters often don’t engage me – it’s going to be a blast attaching him play in his biggest and most expensive sandbox yet.

MANIAC

Word on the street is that Franck Khalfoun’s Maniac remake is something of a slasher masterpiece. I haven’t seen it yet, so I can only go by this super creepy trailer that looks like the world’s most nightmarish perfume ad come to life.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 4

It’s a testament to how unrelentingly monochromatic this series is that I got excited about some green Kinect dots. But I did. Too bad this movie is TERRIBLE. PA3 4 LYFE.

STOKER

The trailer for Chan-wook Park’s latest is intriguing and full of menace. It manages to give us a sense of the story without showing too many of its cards. It sells us without spoiling us. I don’t need to see any more than this, I’m in.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS


Selling The Cabin In The Woods is such a damned if you do and damned if you don’t proposition. If you play it close to the vest (and save the twisty stuff for later), it looks like just another slasher. If you show all your cards, it looks overly meta and confusing. Given the fact that movies actually have to be sold, I actually think this trailer straddles the line quite well.

THE ICEMAN

Not a great trailer in the traditional sense, but I’ll be damned if it doesn’t make me curious to see this movie. I love the HBO documentaries on Richard Kuklinksi and Michael Shannon seems like the perfect fit to play him. Toss Winona Ryder, James Franco, Chris Evans and Ray Liotta into the mix and I’m sold.

  • djblack1313

    the PROMETHEUS teaser is easily one of the best teasers/trailers EVER. EVER. every single thing about it was perfection (especially the music!). the full trailer is awesome as well. i just wish they hadn’t shown the Prometheus crashing into the Engie’s ship parts. it was TOO spoilery. i didn’t hate PROMETHEUS (it was just ok) but the movie is the biggest disappointment of film i’ve seen in many years (again, i don’t hate the film). the teasers & trailer for it (with the unsettling music and intensity) equals perfection.

    i agree that trying to balance that fine line with CABIN was a no win situation. i was grateful i only (prior to seeing the movie) watched the first 20 seconds of the trailer and avoided any & all pix/spoilers but i DO wish i hadn’t seen what spoilery parts i saw in the trailer (the eagle(?) flying into the force field part).

    • doomas10

      Although I ended up massively disappointed with Prometheus, the trailer was by far the best of the year for me. It was incredible!

  • Zombie-Killa

    PA 4???? If ANYTHING drove me away from seeing that movie in the theaters, it was this trailer. It just reeked of the same old, same old crap in the PA films.

    I pretty much agree with everything else. The Stoker trailer is PHENOMENAL, and Nicole Kidman’s “I can’t wait to watch life tear you apart” warning is soooooo chilling. But I would knock off The Iceman, and replace it with it Texas Chainsaw 3D. I’m a big fan of anything from Michael Shannon, but that trailer has too many “meh” moments for me.

    • djblack1313

      Zombie-Killa i agree. PA4′s cringe-inducing trailer and all the subsequent virals for it were an embarrassment. easily one of the worst i’ve ever seen. bimbo “nubile” blonde girl hired not for her acting talents for sure. lol.

      • Aaron Emery

        The only part of the PA4 trailer I found effective was the “front door open…” the rest was just the same old. I can’t even remember if that scene was even effective in the movie or not. Guess that means not”

      • Zombie-Killa

        Ha ha! I forgot about her! Now I’m REALLY second guessing the thought of renting PA 4 on DVD, when it comes out. lol.

  • Aaron Emery

    EVIL DEAD and CABIN were easily my favorites of the year, both very intense and intriguing. Now THAT sells me a ticket!

    • djblack1313

      Aaron, i REALLY liked THE PACT!!

      • Aaron Emery

        Yes! I’m glad you liked it too! It was so eerie I was hooked immediately!

  • Se_7_eN

    The Iceman Tape’s HBO Documentary was really good. I almost felt bad for Richard Kuklinski when they were talking to him about the disorders and you could see him beginning to understand them.

    Saw a lot of the stories he told in that trailer, will definitely be watching! Thanks for the heads up Evan!

    BTW… Fuck Evil Dead looks awesome.

    • djblack1313

      Se_7_eN, JOHN DIES AT THE END was pretty good!

  • doomas10

    By far Prometheus was the best (unlike the movie itself). The clever homage to Alien, THAT sound effects along with the quick cuts into agonizing faces combined with the line “CUT IT OFF! CUT IT OFF” put it up there for me. Evil dead comes pretty close too. I would mention as well Sinister. The trailer was incredible (if we exclude the fact that it had every single jump of the film presente)

  • but-sir-the-piranha

    Am I the only one here that thinks the Pacific Rim trailer was put on this list by mistake? I could barely stop laughing.

  • horrorking95

    It’s a good list, the Evil Dead trailer had me incredibly excited the first time I saw it. However, I think Sinister should definitely be on there! It’s a fantastic trailer which had me gagging to see it! (And it didn’t disappoint)

    • Justen

      I agree. The Evil Dead trailer got me so pumped, I couldn’t even deal with how excited I was. Also, Sinister’s trailer did the same thing to me and once I saw that it was made by the same people who did Insidious, I was sold. Still haven’t seen it yet.

  • ljbad

    I think it’s funny how the Cabin trailer tries to make it looks like Hemsworth is the main character. Seems like they show more of him than any other character. Obviously they did that for a good reason though.

    • Justen

      I think they showed Hemsworth the most to sell the movie. He played Thor, so the makers knew people would know who he was and probably go see Cabin.

  • MinaDoll7

    I liked the trailers for Prometheus, Evil Dead, Stoker, and Cabin in the Woods, and I think Sinister should be on the list, but I absolutely LOVED the trailer for PACIFIC RIM! Even though some people don’t consider it horror, it is rare for the inner child in me to squeal with delight upon watching a trailer that pays tribute to my childhood shows about giant robots fighting giant monsters. It’s about time we see a film from Del Toro. That trailer had me pumped up for the summer!

  • ThunderDragoon

    Funny how you say PA4 was terrible, then go on to show your love for PA3, when PA3 sucked ass as well lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.tonks.13 Daniel Tonks

    swap PA4 with Detention and you got yourself two pretty good lists

  • niceguyeddie1971

    Fuck Evil Dead looks great, wow I’m blown away. What a casting job with Shannon as the Iceman…

    Nice work Evan

  • Justen

    I remember watching the Prometheus trailer, and how much my adrenaline started to kick in towards the end. I got goosebumps and chills at how excited I was and how epic it looked. Also, The Evil Dead trumps everything in life.