Top 10 Trailers of 2010

     December 28, 2010


Over the past year, we’ve brought you a lot of posters and a lot of trailers.  Yesterday, I gave you my picks for the top 10 posters of 2010.  Today, I have my picks for the top 10 trailers of the year.  While we’re a bunch of obsessives who track every phase of a movie’s production, your average moviegoer will only first become aware of a movie once they see the trailer.

Hit the jump to check out my picks for the ten best trailers of 2010.

Briefly, the only rule for the list regarding eligibility was that the trailer had to come out this year, even if the film it’s promoting isn’t released until 2011.  Also, no fan-made trailers (sorry, “Rerezzed”).  I’ve also included links to buy the music (when available) used in each trailer.

10. Hanna

This looks too weird (for a mainstream film) to pass-up.  Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett are both doing goofy accents, and while the comparisons to Hit-Girl are inevitable (as comparisons to all the anime that inspired Hit-Girl), this looks like it could be a nice change of pace from director Joe Wright (Atonement).

9. Battle: Los Angeles

What do you do when you have the audacity to make a blockbuster sci-fi action pic that isn’t based on previously existing material?  You cut a trailer like this one.

8. Jane Eyre

Selling a costume period drama isn’t easy, but this trailer makes Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel come off as a gripping gothic tale.  Bonus points for using music from Suspiria.

  • “Suspiria” by Goblin

7. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

I don’t remember the last time a trailer scared me.  Oh wait.  Yes I do.  It was this one.

6. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

I thought it wasn’t possible for me to be more excited about Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s brilliant comic series.  Then I saw this trailer.

5. Your Highness (Red-Band)

When you can’t stop quoting the trailer, that bodes well for the overall quality of the final product.

  • “Night of the Sorcerer (No Vox)” by Brand X
  • “Tavern Fighting Part 2 – (Your Highness)” by Steve Jablonsky
  • “Check It Out” by Riptide Music
  • The Warrior’s Code” by Dropkick Murphys
  • “Tony Robbin’s Book” by Audio Machine
  • “Sons of War (Choir)” by Two Steps From Hell

4. The Tree of Life

It feels like it’s taken an eternity to get Terrence Malick’s latest into theaters.  The trailer makes it look like it will be worth the wait.

  • Má Vlast Moldau” by Bedřich Smetana
  • “Funeral March” by Patrick Cassidy

3. True Grit (Teaser)

This was a close call between the teaser and the final trailer which skillfully uses Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”, but I preferred the haunting tones of The Peasall Sisters’ “Where No One Stands Alone”.

2. Black Swan

This trailer shows so many intense, striking shots and yet never feels like it’s spoiling the movie.  And even if you think you know what to expect from this film, having the protagonist rip a feather out of her back helpfully tells you, “No.  No you don’t.”

1. The Social Network

When folks are rushing to parody your trailer, you probably did something right.  Not only does it use a great cover of “Creep”, but it helped raise awareness of the movie beyond “The Facebook Movie” to “The Must-see Movie”.

  • Creep” covered by Scala and Kolcany Brothers

Monday: Top 10 Posters of 2010

Tuesday: Top 10 Trailers of 2010

Wednesday: Best Performances, Directing, and other Miscellany of 2010

Thursday: Worst 5 of 2010

Friday: Top 10 of 2010


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