Last month we revealed our list of the ten best film trailers of all time. We got a great response, with loads of you crying out that your favourites had been left off the list. Well, that’s the nature of lists, and there are so many great trailers out there we just had to come back to it. So without further ado, here are your top ten film trailers.
10 – Terminator Salvation (2009)
The dirty, gritty imagery and static coupled with those iconic drumbeats conjured a shedload of anticipation for the fourth Terminator film. Whether the film lived up to expectations is a different matter, but the trailer was awesome.
9 – A Serious Man (2009)
The trailer for this black comedy is just the Coen Brothers through and through.
8 – Watchmen (2009)
The first of two Zach Snyder films on the list, the Watchmen trailer does wonders with just one song, drawing in fans of the graphic novel and new fans alike.
7 – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2010)
Nothing but rhythmic editing and an edgy Led Zeppelin cover – the whole thing stinks of David Fincher and it’s brilliant.
6 – The Social Network (2010)
Facebook has changed the way the world works, and this beautiful trailer sums that up perfectly. The fascinating lawsuits and relationships behind its creation are accompanied by a song that captures the tone perfectly.
5 – Cloverfield (2008)
The fly-on-the-wall documentary style lent itself well to the marketing of JJ Abrams’ famously secretive monster movie. This terrifying trailer paved the way for a new wave of found footage films.
4 – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Cinema was changed forever the day The Fellowship of the Ring battled its way onto our screens in 2001, and its trailer made our first list. But with The Return of the King, the beautiful music coupled with the sense of finale and the coming together of a huge story is a different beast altogether.
3 – Strange Days (1995)
Ralph Fiennes gives us the “virgin brain” pitch. The trailer could work as a short film by itself – it is wonderfully put together.
2 – The Shining (1980)
This terrifying trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece just goes to show what you can achieve with a single shot and some creepy music.
1 – 300 (2007)
Say what you like about director Zach Snyder, the guy knows how to make something look pretty. The 300 trailer made history cool again, with a highly stylised sheen and a punchy, modern soundtrack. It certainly did the job, with the film raking in a whopping $456 million, and a prequel set for release this summer.