Cinecast Homework: Teasers

If you listen to the RowThree cinecast, you may have noted a feature going on for the past few months, the ongoing Homework Assignments, in which Andrew & Kurt (& occasionally Gamble) challenge the listeners to offer up insights (and humour) on a wide range of cinematic topics. The last one (which one cocky listener referred to as a ‘soft-ball assignment’ was to come up with some of the most creative teaser-trailers – that is movie advertisements that feature little if no actual footage from the film, but still get folks excited or introduce a tone or concept of a film. Rather than bury them in that episodes show-notes, all of the suggestions, in You-Tube format, are tucked under the seat.

But here was the biggie that I didn’t quite know existed until listener Rhiannon pointed it out.

Strange Days (1995)


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)

Face/Off (1997)

The Exorcist (1973)

Alien (1979)

Bee Movie (2007)

Spiderman (2002)

The Turin Horse (2011)

Star Trek (2009)

The Addams Family (1991)

The Lost World (1997)

Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

Magnolia (1999)

Big Top PeeWee (1988)

Wall-E (2008)

The Human Centipede 2 (2011)

The Haunting (1999)

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David Brook

No Psycho?

Sean Patrick Kelly

It’s more a six minute short than a true teaser, but if you insist…

Bob Turnbull

I do love that Magnolia teaser…I remember seeing the full trailer in the theatre towards the end of ’99 and I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited to see a movie (not even since).

Another favourite is “Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind” which starts off as an ad for Lacuna and then throws all those images from the film at you wonderfully paired with “Mr. Blue Sky” by ELO:


What SEAN said. We discussed Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock on the cinecast. What they do is an entire different, but equally excellent, thing.

Benni Gavrielov

The exorcist scares me every time that i see this movie. if i’m not wrong this movie is the best horror film of all time right? anyway some of this trailers reminded me a couple of movie that i wanted to see and forgot so now i’ll spend some time to see them because they are great.
oh excellent article by the way.

Jericho Slim

Is the Exorcist scary anymore? I love the Exorcist, but with its outdated effects, I am still mildly surprised when people say how it still scares them. I find it a compelling drama, but can’t help but chuckle when some of the possession shenanigans occur.

Maybe it’s tied to when you first saw it, and if you were scared then. Maybe your belief in the Catholic Church and/or religion and/or the occult factors in.