Christopher’s Top 10 Trailers of 2015

5. Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser #2

There’s something so deliciously satisfying to know after the fact that the movie delivered on this visual, aural promise. Shortly after watching this I tried to stop consuming any other international version/TV spot/photographic still/story/rumor/speculative thoughts about what this movie was going to be. Because what’s here is all I needed to know we were moving into some fresh, as well as nostalgic, territory.

4. Entertainment

It’s hard to put into words why Gregg Turkington’s trailer is so damn infectious but it just works. It’s bizarre, strange, emotionally awkward, but it’s so endearing. It knows precisely what it is and what it wants to telegraph to the world. It’s strength is knowing which beats to hit and then exploiting which moments to just let simmer on the screen for a bit.

3. Deathgasm

I love this trailer.

This pretty much embodies how I wish most, if not all, trailer should aspire to be like. Get wild, get creative, push the visual boundaries and make something that people can fence sit on. You’re either going to love it or hate it. If you crank up the volume you can feel the energy that they compress into one minute’s worth of your time and it should be gleefully given up if only to experience what I can only describe as a Davidian attempt to compete with the Goliaths of other major studios vying for your attention and money and succeeds gloriously.

2. Sicario

Aside from the hideously distracting links that Lionsgate wants me to click on, this trailer is rock solid. It embodies everything about what the movie so great and had enough self-awareness to know which moments would be resonant enough with audiences. It’s also the doorway in which people didn’t talk so much about director Denis Villeneuve’s steady hand but forced people to recognize cinematographer Roger Deakins’ brilliance.

1. Animals


That’s the number of people who have seen this trailer since it debuted in April and that makes this a true diamond in the rough as, without question, this is about as good as it gets. Leaning heavily on the wicked solid performances of David Dastmalchian and Kim Shaw, this trailer is downright sad but so effective. What makes it the hands-down pick is how it not only gives you every reason why the story of a couple struggling with drug addiction needs to be seen but its use of Lavender Diamond’s “Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking” just adds an emotionally resonant component to already stellar piece of key art.

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In case you missed them, here are the other trailers we covered at /Film this week:

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