#5: “A Clockwork Orange” — Official Trailer
This psychedelic trailer for Stanley Kubrick’s “A Clockwork Orange,” featuring techno Beethoven, is downright incomprehensible, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
#4: “T2 Trainspotting” — Official Trailer
The tightly edited, lyrical trailer for Danny Boyle’s “T2 Trainspotting” led to my first viewing of the original “Trainspotting” — a film which now holds the title of my third favorite film of all time. For that, I am eternally grateful to this trailer.
#3: “Watchmen” — Teaser Trailer
While the film itself proved underwhelming and somewhat corny, the first teaser trailer for Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen,” featuring a beautifully haunting song, “The Beginning is the End is the Beginning,” contains some of the most memorable editing of any trailer I’ve seen. That Rorschach quote at the end is pretty cool, too.
#2: “Mid90s” — Official Trailer
Jonah Hill’s surprisingly dark directorial debut, “Mid90s,” had the best trailer of 2018 by far — and indeed one of the best trailers of all time. The tone shifts from humorous to deadly serious to oddly melancholic all in the span of a couple minutes. The music choice throughout also enhances the images perfectly.
#1: “District 9” — Trailer 2
The second trailer for my all-time favorite science-fiction film is also, currently, my favorite trailer of all time. Viewers get a slice of Neill Blomkamp’s unique, allegorical approach to Apartheid, the main character’s struggles and the completely jaw-dropping action sequences. Oh, also the iconic “BWAAA” sound effect.