Thursday, April 05, 2007

grinding (part 1): trailer ‘trash’

heeere’s danny...

Today’s trailers are known as previews. They swing from telling you the whole damn plot, including the twist, to the teasers that have one iconic image or sequence that is supposed to generate buzz a year before the movie come out.
Great trailers give a sense of the film without giving away the plot.
The ‘fake trailers’ might be the most celebrated part of ‘Grindhouse.’
The line up of guest directors is amazing if you happen to like new twists on genre flicks.
Robert Rodriguez previews ‘Machete’ starring the incomparable Danny Trejo in a ‘Mexploitation’ flick that may actually get spun out into it’s own film.
Edgar Wright's (‘Shaun of the Dead,’ upcoming ‘Hot Fuzz’) contribution has been the most shrouded in mystery. And so I’ll even respect the effort to keep the title of the faux-film on the QT. (But in the meantime you can watch ‘Shaun’ stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost riff a bit more on zombie killing in ‘Danger 50,000 Volts: Zombies’.)

Rob Zombie (‘Devil’s Rejects’) presents ‘Werewolf Women of The SS.’ Zombie notes that his trailer was designed to show all sorts of incongruous elements (Werewolves, Nazis, T&A, Fu Manchu) inspired by low budget directors who would incorporate inexplicable elements into their films simply because they were using sets and props from other movies in production.
Eli Roth (‘Cabin Fever’ ‘Hostel’) presents ‘Thanksgiving.’ This was the portion of the film that had the ratings board most up-in-arms. You can watch it here (I assume this is the edited version…?) but since it is technically part of the ‘Grindhouse’ film consider it a ‘spoiler!’
There was also a competition of ‘fake trailers’ at SXSW in an effort to generate some ‘Grindhouse’ buzz. I can appreciate this one…
‘Hobo with a Shotgun’