3. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011)

Holy hell! It’s so snowy and forceful… like getting punched by Santa.

The best part is that when you break it down it’s literally about 80% shots of people walking in the snow. Go back and see for yourself – it’s just people walking and looking at things… I think there’s a shot of someone pouring tea in there. It’s the most boring collection of shots cut together to look like the best thing in the whole wide world. Who would have thought that pulling up in a driveway could be that intense?

2. Alien

Those bastards ripped off Prometheus!

But seriously… yikes.

This teaser is so scary weird – like an experimental short done by the quiet kid in A/V class. It promises a tone that is spot on with the film itself, perfectly capturing the suspense and dementia of being trapped in a secluded tin can with a giant space devil and a rapidly rabid robot (which is also a great band name).

The ending shot of the tiny vessel amongst a beautifully titanic array of planets really hammers in how alone these characters are. Space is one of the last settings where you are truly helpless, perfect for the horror genre.

1. The Shining

“Well OK… it’s an elevator… I see that… Oh look! Credits! That’s weird… I guess it’s nice to see who is going to be in the film… wow still just these elevators… why do I feel weird? What’s with that music? OK, I wonder if they are ever going to cut away- EVERYTHING THAT WAS EVER GOOD IN THE WORLD IS GONE! GONE!”

Really now – we take this shot for granted these days, but imagine first seeing this in the theater and not knowing what was about to happen. It’s amazing just how uneasy you can make an audience just by slowly creeping up the soundtrack while sticking on one ominous shot. The gallons upon gallons of blood didn’t hurt either.

Also, I couldn’t possibly go on living without mentioning the Clockwork Orange and Dr. Strangelove trailers – who really deserve the 2 and 3 spots respectively. I omitted them because that’s probably way to much Kubrick to end on.

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