The Warped Forest

The Best Movie Trailers of 2012

Everyone knows you can’t judge a book by its cover, but were you aware that movies shouldn’t be judged by a trailer either? I know, seems counter-intuitive, but while the trailer advertises a feature the two aren’t interchangeable. Terrible trailers sometimes give way to fantastic films just as brilliant trailers sometimes reveal ridiculously bad ones. It’s a crap shoot really. The list below features twelve of our favorite trailers that premiered in 2012. Some of the movies turned out to be gems, others ended up being far less impressive and a few won’t be released until 2013, but all of them made us excited to watch one more movie…

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The Warped Forest - Asian lady tree in need of pruning

The job of a trailer is to convince viewers that they want to see the actual movie. You’d be forgiven for thinking they’re supposed to tell the entire story in 90 seconds as oftentimes that seems to be the norm, but the best ones choose to hint and tease rather than spoil. The recent trailer for Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible is an example of the former, and even though it’s undoubtedly powerful it lessens the eventual feature experience by giving away too much. By contrast, the trailer for Shunichiro Miki‘s The Warped Forest gets everything right. Watch it and you’ll still have no idea what the movie is about, but you’ll be aching to see it anyway. Check out the trailer below.

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Fantastic Fest 2012 Poster

The second wave of Fantastic Fest films is incredibly irritating. Why? Because alongside the first wave of titles, it represents the best line up in the festival’s history, and I won’t be there for the first time in years. Have no fear, because we’ll have plenty of Rejects on the ground covering every inch of film, but I will be twiddling my thumbs at home wishing I was getting drunk off of a third Guinness milkshake and watching weird movies. Looper is absolutely at the pinnacle here when it comes to anticipation, but there’s also the Cannes freak-out Holy Motors and Sinister, the newest film from Exorcism of Emily Rose director Scott Derrickson. Plus, the Fantastic Fest faithful can see a follow-up to New Kids Turbo and the ambitious horror short anthology The ABCs of Death, birthed outside of a dumpster right behind the Alamo Drafthouse. There’s also a healthy amount of filmmakers in attendance and probably some crazy surprises and why not just check out the whole obnoxiously good list yourself?

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