Trailers, back in the day, were largely universally bad. I think we can all admit that. They weren’t the big deal they are now because, quite simply, they didn’t need to be – there wasn’t as hard a fight to get people to see movies back in the ’70s or ’80s as there is today, what with so many other ithings out to snare our iattention. People went to the movies, if they felt like going to the movies. Nobody cared if a trailer sucked like a sharp-toothed prostitute, they’d likely go to see the film anyway – there was never much else out-to-do, outside of a camper van, back then.
Today, a trailer can make or break a movie, but back in the Reagan-era, it made no difference how Frankensteinien or eye-rollingly bad the preview was, people would still likely check out the movie if it had a couple of names in it, a half-interesting storyline, and was littered with the tunes of the times. A trailer wasn’t so much a marketing tool as it was.. something to play before the Candy commercials… and here’s ten bits of proof.
Would anyone go and see these today, based on the trailer?
The Pirate Movie
“Only one movie will have Kristy McNichol and Christopher Atkins… singing”.
Back to the Future
No time to make a trailer in time for release, so…
“They catch the Ghosts that won’t stay dead”
“Together, they make magic.”
When taste was a luxury.
Revenge of the Nerds
I actually saw this!?
Just spell it out.
Wake up, narrator!
License to Drive
“His reputation is riding on it”
“They murdered his friends” (but wait, that guy in the clip isn’t his friend)
I’m being unfair I guess. Occasionally, there were a few good trailers – with some thought put into them, but they were all too rare – here’s some of the ones I remember :
The main reason trailer makers of the ’80s didn’t put too much effort into their work? No need, movies of the ’80s rocked. Solid stuff all round.
- Limitless potential for new CBS pilot - January 29, 2015
- Another Zoolander star returning for sequel - January 29, 2015
- Stephanie scares up more cast! - January 29, 2015
- Kevin Spacey marks his territory with Nine Lives lead - January 29, 2015
- Pitt to go to Africa for Jolie - January 29, 2015
- Battlestar Galactica fave heads to Fargo - January 29, 2015
- Rudolph, Smith doing their bit for Brothers in Arms - January 29, 2015
- Inbetweeners actor joins Now You See Me 2 - January 29, 2015
- Four more join Wet Hot American Summer series - January 29, 2015
- Aykroyd responds to Ghostbusters casting - January 29, 2015
Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.