Well – at no point was this about the quality of the film. While a lot on this list is no doubt debatable, it’s probably safe to say that the teaser for the American adaptation of Godzilla was considerably more entertaining than the actual film.
It’s pretty damn boss considering that it came out not long after the second Jurassic Park film, and wanted to distinguish itself from the hype. Stepping on T-Rex bones is a pretty ballsy move – too bad the film didn’t live up to the act.
5. The Exorcist
Ahhh! Whaa! STOP! WHY?
According to this films IMDb trivia page (a rock solid source if I ever saw one) this teaser trailer was pulled from many theaters because it was deemed to be too frightening. It sounds like bullshit until you imagine the flashing white nightmare 30 feet high in a dark theater – that’s heart attack material right there.
The inverted black on white is probably most effective considering how ghastly the potential of color is in these images. In a way – it’s a teaser in that respect as well, letting the audience’s imagination carry them away in speculation of the massive amount of red no doubt covering the distorted faces flashing before them.
No doubt a controversial film to put on the four spot, but quality aside – this teaser did exactly what it set out to do. In fact, it probably went overboard.
Not long after this trailer the Internet went ape shit with frustrated speculation – some said it was related to Lost (which it kind of sort of was) and others assumed it to be a new Godzilla film. Other less-than-intelligent folks even believed it to be a Voltron film, apparently confusing “It’s alive” with “It’s a lion”. No seriously – that actually happened.