Movies That Were Better as Trailers

Based solely off of the trailer, “Battle: Los Angeles” was toward the top of my list of “must-see movies,” with its creepy, robotic soundtrack provided by Johann Johannsson and the images of the destruction of familiar Santa Monica landmarks by unknown alien aircrafts. Being a huge disaster movie fan—as well as a big alien invasion movie fan—I was sold. The trailer itself is just gorgeous, action-packed, and full of emotion.

The movie is none of the above.

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The prequel to Scott's 1979 "Alien," "Prometheus" follows a group of explorers searching for mankind's origins. They end up finding aliens straight out of Scott's multi-million dollar franchise. The film features Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce:
The thing makes even less sense once you know that a 1:10 trailer for "Prometheus" was released in late December, and besides a few shots of the explorers' ship and the terrain, the teaser offers nothing new.
Here's Lindelof's tweet:

"Prometheus" isn't alone in promoting these sorts of trailers of late. Fox's "Ice Age" is an offender of releasing a trailer for a trailer for its upcoming sequel. Popular game franchise "Mass Effect" recently did one for the release of the trailer to the third version of its series.
Although the Prometheus trailer-trailer was disappointing, there are some pretty good trailers out there, some that we dare say are better than the actual film.

Up In The Air (2009)

This is the mother of them all, a big, gutty mission statement and a full piece of art itself, compacted into two minutes and narrated by George Clooney. If that sounds like everything life should be, it is.

The book of the same name by Walter Kirn is this toothy, assured ode to a warm voice. It’s a Mad Men episode written by Hemingway in the sky. It’s Brooks Brothers and Cognac and a put-together woman that wants to live in your briefcase but you won’t let it happen.

Director Jason Reitman found it in a used bookstore a few years ago and fell in love with it. That’s how you create a very good movie. The trailer is his impersonation of the voice of that book condensed into a few short, prescient sentences.

The movie wound up covered in sap. It ran back on itself, tripped on its heels a little, and swallowed the first third when it fell. It’s still a borderline great film, but the trailer is everything you’d want in a movie, spoken in hot breath.—Ben Collins.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

The first stills from Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland” were thrilling and tantalizing- Ann Hathaway appeared ethereal and haunting, Mia Wasikowska was at her pale, wan best, and Johnny Depp looked, well, actually not that crazier than he usually does after teaming up with Burton. We waited with bated breath for the trailer, which didn’t disappoint. Love him or hate him, Tim Burton is an expert at creating new worlds, and this preview of his dark, gritty Wonderland was a surreal treat.

But like so many of Burton’s recent efforts, “Alice” had little of his earlier projects’ charm and delight. Burton’s Wonderland was hostile and forbidding, and the plot strayed drastically from the irreverent whimsy of the original story. Alice is all grown up in this sequel, bearing the weight of Wonderland on her shoulders. The excitement of the stunning visual design wore off as the storyline proved extremely conventional. Audiences searching for a fanciful escape found themselves trudging tediously through this movie.—Naivasha Dean

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

You’re not going to believe this, but Julianna Marguiles is the female lead in this movie.—Ben Collins

Watchmen (2009)

It hurts to think what the film version could’ve been. From the music to the cinematography (like Nite Owl’s ship emerging from water against a dark New York City backdrop), the Watchmen trailer elegantly introduced the characters and storyline with style, sex appeal and suspense. Too bad the movie itself was a disjointed mess, but I’ll blame Alan Moore’s venomous spit on that.—Sheila Dichoso

"Cloverfield" (2008)

"Terminator: Salvation" (2009)

"Where The Wild Things Are" (2009)

"Nightmare On Elm Street" (2010)

"Quantum of Solace" (2008)

"Cowboys and Aliens" (2011)

"A Single Man"(2009)

Best Trailer hands down

Bonus: All of M. Night Shyamalan's Movies
Except "The Sixth Sense." That movie was genuinely good.

"The Last Airbender" (2010)

"Devil" (2010- Produced by M. Night Shyamalan)

"The Happening" (2008)