Prediction: Occulus (Revisited)
Shiri’s Re-prediction: Occulus will have been out about 10 days by the time this goes up. I know, I know. The timing’s off, but I preschedule these puppies about a month in advance, so we’re full up until today. And odds of me seeing any movie in the first ten days, given work/writing schedules, kids etc, is far less than slim. And so.
I take it back. I take it all back. This movie looks genuinely terrifying. In the best possible way. It will make me afraid to be in the dark, afraid of mirrors, and afraid of every little bump in my 100 year old house for weeks.
Hooray! I’m there.
Suppose I shouldn’t necessarily judge by the first trailer.
Ah, well. The more you know.
Luke’s Re-Prediction: Now, that was a movie I am interested in seeing. As long as the movie is this one from this trailer and not the other one.
Now, I understand that making trailers is an art as much as it is a soul sucking job in the worst hells of advertising. That they are put together and reviewed by committees that suck any chance of them being worth a damn, but that being said let me put out two simple premises for what makes a reasonable trailer and an awful one:
- Sell the movie that was made. Don’t re-edit scenes from the movie to make one that someone thinks would be more popular. You just piss people off if turn them off a movie they would have liked or trick them into seeing a movie they won’t have liked by producing a trailer that sells something other than the move it is for.
- Don’t ruin the movie. You need to give away enough details to say what the movie is about, but if there is a hook or a premise or something like that, avoid it in the trailer, don’t be cute or wink-wink nudge-nudge about the movie, just sell the movie without ruining it.
I might even try to catch this on on the big screen. Looks like a lot of fun. Bad trailer maker for the first one, bad bad.