Modern Trailers

I recently came across a trailer for The Empire Strikes Back. I know, that’s not anything new, right? But it wasn’t one of the trailers that would have advertised the movie back in 1980. It’s something new.

The folks behind the YouTube channel AD_edits cut a new trailer for the classic Star Wars film. It’s a trailer that’s made to look a lot like a modern trailer. The kind of thing you’d see advertising this year’s summer blockbusters. You know, if the theaters were open…

Anyway, you should watch it and see how amazing it looks. I mean, I’ll watch Empire at any given moment. But this trailer actually makes me want to watch it again.

And it gets me wondering… What would other classic movie trailers look like with an updated style? Because when you go back and watch trailers for movies that came out 40, 50, or 60 years ago, the trailers have a tendency to give away the entire movie.

These days, if I see a movie trailer that gives away too much of the movie, I kinda don’t want to see the movie. Why should I pay $13 to see a movie that I was able to figure out the plot to after watching a two minute summary?

This modern version of The Empire Strikes Back trailer does a great job setting things up and drawing me in without giving anything away. I’m intrigued. I want to see more.

AD_edits has trailers for the rest of the original trilogy as well as the prequels. I’d love to see modern trailers for more of my favorite movies. What would a modern trailer for Raiders of the Lost Ark look like? Superman? Back to the Future?

I can edit a video, but I’m not sure I’d have it in me to try and piece together a good trailer. Anyone out there up to the challenge?

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