October 01, 2005

When Jack Met Wendy

I realize it's all over the blog circuit by now, but what does everybody think of this clever parody of contemporary trailers, which markets The Shining as a family comedy by decontextualizing, with a little help from Peter Gabriel, some of the scariest parts of the movie? Personally, I think the most brilliant thing about it is the fact that they dropped "the" from The Shining--it instantly, ineffably transforms Kubrick into Rob Reiner.

11 comments:

AdamN said...

I think I'd like to see that movie, It looks very nice.

Jonathan said...

ineffably transforms Kubrick into Rob Reiner.

That's the perfect description of what this does so well.

And you have to love the piano chords as Danny opens the door... All that's missing, really, is a voice-over that says, "Something's Gotta Give's Jack Nicholson in... Shining."

Anonymous said...

Love the little screen-to-screen wipes, definitely one of the most obnoxious comedy trailer habits I've seen.

We need to see more of these. Perhaps Dogville presented as an ultra-patriotic screed about the Depression ("it's very rude not to eat what's in front of you," along with a few wipes of the American flag from the Fourth of July party)? Escape from New York as one man's crusade to better understand a life of poverty, as his tough guy exterior melts away to reveal a heart of gold? The Exorcism of Emily Rose as a horror film instead of a courtroom drama? -- But I guess I've already been beaten to that one.

-- Ian

Anonymous said...

Finally, a movie me and the missus will want to see!

Walter_Chaw said...

It's pretty much pure genius.

Anonymous said...

If you do a little searching, there's one with West Side Story a la 28 Days Later, Titanic a la Dark Water, and The Parent Trap a la Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

--Kim

Nate said...

I hadn't seen that, but it's amazing. My contempt for previews seems to grow with each passing year, especially those for Zemeckis films.

Anonymous said...

Of course, most previews do the opposite and give too much away. I think the ability to create mood with some editing choices, narration and a couple of song cues is a powerful tool; most of the time, it's not done responsibly, though I think the preview for Red Eye used it to stellar effect earlier this year (granted, the structure of the movie's a lot like that, but still). My theater was abuzz after that one.

The Captain said...

Scary Titanic

Walter_Chaw said...

Zombie West Side Story

James Allen said...

This stuff is brilliant! I still keep going back to "Shining," though. I've watched it about 20 times already; it has, I think, every romantic comedy trailer cliche there is. Amazing.