Category Archives: Classic Readings (of classic film trailers)

Critical/Analytical Considerations of Trailers for great and important films, whose trailers are likewise distinguished.

“HANDS UP” (1918) – The very first promo trailer pioneers motion picture B to B communications

Researching early trailers at UCLA’s Powell Library, I came across 2 versions of a promo trailer for “Hands Up!“, a 15 part 1918 serial starring Ruth Roland and George Chesebro.* Rather than a traditional trailer– a communication between the film’s … Continue reading

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POULTRYGEIST UNCENSORED TRAILER: Code Brown, or Don’t Question Troma’s Commitment to Marketing its Films

A co-worker showed me this preview for “Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead,” which features an orgy of violence perpetrated by the eponymous villains against the unwitting but presumably deserving employees of a Chicken Restaurant unhappily located on a desecrated … Continue reading

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BUFFALO 66 TRAILER: Breaking the Rules / Representing the Film

Jijo Reed, a veteran trailermaker and producer, (and my boss at SizzlePitch), recommended this trailer to my attention, saying he loved how Vincent Gallo flouted the conventions of trailer production while making such a memorable and effective piece of film … Continue reading

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