There are few experiences that we can share together — no matter the great distances in space or time — like a good movie. Encapsulating a great variety of aspects of the human experience in just a couple of hours, a movie can take us to places we’ve never been and inside the minds of people we’ve never known, as Janove Ottesen reminds us in his song,
“Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?” –Samuel Goldwyn
This weekend, I’d like to highlight for you three of my favorite fake film trailers, all amazing and unique in their own right. Imagine, if you will…
3.) Thundercats as a live action superhero movie!
Yes, I’m sure many of you remember the 1980s cartoon (or at least remember my 2004 Halloween costume), starring the last survivors of the Thundercats‘ destroyed home world, Thundera, who travel across space to Third Earth, where they strive to make their new home, facing a variety of terrifying, mutant villains. It’s a shame it was so crudely animated and poorly written; it really did have the potential to make an excellent science-fiction backdrop to tell some great stories.
Well, tremendous fan WormyT has made the greatest fan trailer (and yes, it’s fake; this is not a real movie) I’ve ever seen, imagining Brad Pitt, Vin Diesel, Hugh Jackman and others as the Thundercats. Have a look and see if you don’t love it as much as I do, and wish this was real!
2.) The Shining, reimagined as an uplifting family film.
Yes, that’s right. Someone recut the Shining — that Kubrickian dystopia based on (and much scarier than) the eponymous Stephen King novel — and with the help of a clichéd song, turned one of the most frightening tales of mental unraveling to the point of murder into a trailer for a film about family togetherness.
And finally, there’s a brand new trailer out that goes in the other direction, turning perhaps the greatest silly, ridiculous movie of all time into a serious one…
1.) Monty Python and the Holy Grail, modernized for epic gravitas.
Yes, you read that right. Stéphane Bouley has taken the original film, and thanks to a combination of clever edits, has reimagined this movie as an actual, serious quest full of adventure, battle, danger and tragedy.
I would watch all three of these movies in a heartbeat, and I hope you enjoyed the trailers, however fake (or misleading) they may be! See you back here on Monday for more joys and wonders of the Universe!