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[BEST & WORST ’13] The Best Trailers Of The Year!

Trailers are a tricky art. Show too much and you spoil the movie. Show too little and no one shows up. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need them. 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.

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. Funnily enough, a few of these films had teasers that made the best of 2012 list, only to have completely new trailers come out this year that blew the original ones away.

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

Mr. Disgusting (Best/Indie) | Evan Dickson (Best) | The Wolfman (Festival Favorites) | Patrick Cooper (Best)
Lonmonster (Best/Worst) | Lauren Taylor (Best/Worst) | Ryan Daley (Best Novels)
Best Posters | Best Performances | Best Trailers | Best Albums

EVIL DEAD – Red Band Trailer

The one trailer this year you could show to just about anybody and get an extreme reaction. Shock. Disgust. Excitement. Even the horror folks who wound up not digging the movie (I liked it for the record) dug this trailer. Masterful marketing that plays right to the gorehounds.

STOKER – DJ Shadow Teaser

More than any of the full length trailers, this 60 second spot scored by DJ Shadow captures the freaky essence of Stoker. The sexuality, humor, horror and rhythm are all here. If I was trying to sell someone on this movie – which I frequently am – I’d show them this.

THE CONJURING – Teaser Trailer

This is the perfect teaser. It doesn’t show us the entire world of the film, instead choosing to focus on Lili Taylor’s character. The one thing this trailer tells us? The movie will be scary. That’s it. And it works.


This is a such a fun, gross horror movie. I’m wrestling with putting it on my Top 10 of the year list, the only thing holding it up would be the fact that it’s not due for release until next year! Still, this trailer expertly sells us on the film’s low budget charms. Fans of Fire In the Sky should feel the hairs on their neck stand up as they watch this.

PACIFIC RIM – Con Trailer

This con footage bests the first Pacific Rim trailers (which hit early last year) by showing us the bitch-slap heard around the world. That tanker ship being used as a baseball bat. That shot alone probably bought the film a million extra admissions.


I’m not just putting this here because I’m quoted in it. And I’d almost urge you to watch it after you’ve seen the film, Cheap Thrills is the kind of greatness you want to experience as a total surprise. But damn if this teaser doesn’t make me want to stop everything and watch this fantastic movie again. I can’t put this movie on my “best of” list because it didn’t get a release yet, but rest assured it’ll be on there next year.

THE PURGE – Trailer

I didn’t like this movie very much, but I have to tip my hat to the trailer which really sells the unique concept behind the film. It’s not the trailer’s fault the movie didn’t capitalize on its more unique aspects! Hopefully The Purge 2 fixes this.



  • djblack1313

    as much as i love the EVIL DEAD remake i wish i never watched the Red Band trailer for it. it gives away almost all the money shots. same with THE CONJURING. i somewhat enjoyed the movie (i love Vera Farmiga of course!) but the trailer shows way too many parts that would have been great had they not already been seen (the clapping parts, for example).

    i never saw the other trailers in this list. after EVIL DEAD’s spoiler filled trailer, i now do not watch trailers for movies i know i want to see. i like to be as surprised as possible.

    • DarrelDreadful

      Totally agree on that. Not watching trailers is a challenge but I always remind myself how much more I would have enjoyed Evil Dead had I not watched the teaser. Not just once, but multiple times at that lol

    • Skull-And-Crossbones

      i purposely decided not to watch any Evil Dead trailers because everyone kept saying they gave too much away and i ended up really enjoying the movie and was surprised by a few things.

  • SaltSlasher

    I liked The Purge trailer, although it actually turned me away at first. It wasn’t till later that someone told me it is nothing like what is represented in the trailer. When I finally watched it, I FINALLY could watch a story where I can love Lena Headey, and not have to hate her (aka GoT and Dredd).

  • ThunderDragoon

    The Purge trailer was so great… and then the movie happened. Yeah, hopefully The Purge 2 does fix this. I agree with djblack1313 that I wish I hadn’t watched the trailers for Evil Dead and The Conjuring because I feel I would’ve loved them even more. Have to say, though, it wouldn’t have really mattered with The Conjuring because every time a commercial came on TV, it would spoil another scare for the movie. That’s probably why I didn’t find it scary. The only time I felt tense was right before the credits because every other time, I knew what to expect.

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