So as an editing loving individual (and who knows maybe this played into my career decision too...,) I discovered long ago the joy in a REALLY well-made re-cut trailer. I have not personally dabbled in the making of these...but I have found much joy in watching the efforts of people who have. What is a re-cut trailer you people unfamiliar with youtube ask? Why it's a movie trailer remade to tell a very different story than what the existing film actually is....usually an entirely different genre. I was reminded of my love of re-cut trailers recently when we went to the Tower Theaters's sing-along production of West Side Story (they do these every couple of months and they're fabulously fun....and while I'm on the subject of editing, I gotta say that West Side Story's use of it is perfection.) You see...a long time ago, someone made an outrageously funny re-cut trailer of the 1960's epic love story musical....and they turned it into a flesh-eating-virus-zombie story! Some of the shots the individual found who made the ahem...darker version of West Side Story were completely brilliant and honestly kind of make me laugh every time I see them now! They took a harmless image that I now can't NOT see as being ridiculously creepy. That there is power in editing. So I thought it'd be fun to celebrate my love of editing by presenting something of a best of re-cut trailer list. We'll start with the aforementioned West Side Story re-dux!
West Side Story. My favorite part? Hands down the girl drawing the creepy "ring" like the circle with the chalk. Also.. "make it not be true!!!"
The Shining. This trailer really picks up around the :45 second mark when Salsbury Hill starts playing. Seriously how inspirational and heartwarming does this movie look? The shot of him...making out with...well...that person, in particular, cracks me up here!
The Wicker Man. Okay...it really couldn't have been THAT hard for the person who edited this to make this film into a comedy! All the trailer really happens to be is a collection of the greatest moments in the film....and that, of course, makes it HILARIOUS.
Psycho. Have you ever wondered what Psycho would be like if it were a 1950's/1960's rom-com? Look no further than the link above to find out how Norman Bates would fare as a leading man. Sarah, this one is for you!
Harry Potter. Take out all the good vs. evil and defeating Voldemort plot lines and what do you get? An outrageous (yet still magical I guess...) teen comedy. Harry Potter Lite!
The Notebook. I have not made it a secret of the fact that I'm not really the biggest fan of The Notebook. Therefore when I found a portrayal of the romance that I felt a little bit more accurately described Noah's stalkerish behavior (even if he does look like Ryan Gosling...,) I was pretty happy about it.