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September 21, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Case 39

Michael the Moviegoer – @@

I nearly had an epileptic seizure watching this trailer. Why do movie marketers think that people want to stare directly into a strobe light for 90 minutes? This movie is famous now for having sat on a shelf more than 2 years without being released, not even straight to video. But after it became an oddball hit in Spain, suddenly the studio found new interest in it. As much as I despise the trailer, it does look like the sort of movie that studios are anxious to release. So, as a result of the backstory about the project, I remain intrigued to see it. A more daring promotional edge for this trailer might have been for them to label it “the movie you almost never saw.” Bingo! A box office bonanza right there. No machine-gun editing needed.

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @@@

What the hell do you have against Hispanics that makes you assume a hit in Spain should be disregarded as an “oddball” occurrence? Maybe it was a hit there because it’s good! I first saw the trailer before I knew about the project’s former shelf life and there were parts of it that truly scared me. And scary movie never scare me. “Blue Sky” sat on a shelf for three years and ended up winning Jessica Lange her second Oscar. I’m looking forward to seeing what possible gold Paramount was foolishly sitting on. And I want to see it with you, Michael. If the movie isn’t good, I can still be entertained watching your epilepsy kick in.

Michael’s Rebuttal:

Why must you always paint me as a racist of some sort? Is your brain the size of a pea? The intent of my comment was quite clear. The fact that an American-made film was a hit in any single foreign country without ever being released here in the US is quite an “oddball” occurrence. The fact that the country was Spain is even more odd because the film doesn’t seem to have a Hispanic cast and is spoken in English. This rare phenomenon just seemed so random to me. But you always have to bring race into every argument. Get over it.

Opens October 1, 2010.

Tomorrow we’ll be back to review a new monster movie trailer.

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