This world is full of awesome movie trailers and fantastic movies. Too bad these two kinds of media don’t always go hand-in-hand. This is especially problematic when you see an awesome trailer in the movie theater and wind up seeing a major letdown of a movie. You feel burned by the movie studios, the talent involved, and that stupid Vanessa Carlton song that used to be in every movie trailer. Trust me, you are not alone in your sorrow. So, just because I can, I’ve come up with my list of 10 movies that had amazingly awesome trailers and wound up completely sucking balls. Enjoy!
I remember when this first came out and was pretty amazed by the visuals and the coolness of this movie. Although the trailer is a typical “music video” style trailer, it worked for me because it was more of a mash-up than just music video. The combination of Jay Z and Linkin Park works perfectly well here and the attitude bleeds right through the screen. Too bad the only thing worthwhile in Miami Vice the movie was the visuals. When I saw this movie on release it was such a dud that I was stunned Michael Mann was willing to put his name on it. Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx sleepwalked their way through from start to finish. There was a ton of potential in this film and it was flushed down the toilet when the final product came to light.
40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS
Some of you reading this may have never heard of this movie. Perhaps, you’ve never even known who Josh Hartnett is. However, at the time this teaser came out, it did several things. First, it launched this dude through the stratosphere as a romantic lead. Second, it created a whole new genre of trailers that used Queen’s “Under Pressure” as its soundtrack. Third, it was a cleverly crafted clip that had all of the hallmarks of a great viral YouTube video years before YouTube even existed. This teaser was truly a blockbuster. Unfortunately, the movie was a one-trick pony. After the double entendres about sex were set, there was truly nothing else to see. Plus, the chemistry between Hartnett and Shannyn Sossman that is evident in the teaser was completely absent in the film itself. This is truly a great trailer for a horrible movie.
Jerry Seinfeld chose to follow-up his spectacular television show with an animated movie about bees. On first impression it sounded a bit fishy but teasers like this one sold me that the man could deliver the goods. This teaser is wonderful little short that transitions the audience to see Seinfeld as more than just a TV star. Too bad that the sense of humor in this teaser wasn’t on screen for the movie. Bee Movie wound being a pretty lackluster effort that was better than the worst of Dreamworks (Antz) but still nowhere near as high quality as it should have been. Don’t even try to compare it to the best that Pixar has to offer. I’d still like to see Seinfeld in more movies, just not this one again.
HOT TUB TIME MACHINE (NSFW Trailer)
I remember seeing this restricted trailer was like a breath of fresh air. With so many stupid paint-by-numbers comedies in the marketplace, I was ecstatic to see a genuine R-rated trailer unafraid to be explicit. The concept was stupid funny and the cast was solid to the core. Too bad the movie was just mediocre. Hot Tub Time Machine suffered because it was just too low budget for its own good. The jokes were decent but nothing else about this movie felt up to snuff. It made me feel like I was watching a shitty direct-to-cable comedy that had a budget of $400,000. Hot Tub Time Machine was a silly great concept that wound up only succeeding as a two minute short.
THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
Easily my favorite trailer of 2003, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre broke new ground on several fronts. First, it was the first mainstream horror movie to commit to throwback style color-correction. Second, it featured a new kind of edit that emphasized a lone frame of terror. And, third, it showed Jessica Biel at her sexiest. Too bad that this revolutionary trailer delivered a film that was scary but nowhere near as scary or unique as the original Texas Chain Saw Massacre. It was filled with gore and intensity, but did not even come close pushing the envelope as much as the original movie of the same name. In the end, this version was a let down.