It’s no secret that I love movie trailers. I see them as an art form in and of themselves and even if the movies they’re advertising don’t deliver, I still find a lot of joy going back and watching them. This year brought some stellar trailers for movies and forcing myself to stick to only 10 choices was significantly harder this time around. Still I think I managed to highlight the years best, or at least the ones that have kept me thinking about them even as the year draws to a close.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (Either One)
I’ll fully admit that I’m cheating with this one, but the truth is both of the Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailers we received this year were incredible. The SDCC teaser nearly brought me to tears with its stunning imagery overlayed with the haunting music of Clair de Lune. Though the second trailer brought more action, it was no less jaw-dropping. If you want to feel the hype for some monsters, watch either of these trailers.
Glass (Trailer #1)
Split was such a fun film, showing that M. Night had made a brilliant return to form. Couple that with the reveal that it was connected to one of his most beloved films, Unbreakable, and I was already sold when Shyamalan announced Glass was in the works. Fans were eager to get their first look at the much anticipated sequel, and it delivered. We got to see the return of some beloved characters while setting up an epic showdown.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Trailer #2)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the trailers for Spider-Verse were better than entire films that came out this year. It’s a stunning film and the first full length trailer for the movie did a great job of selling not only the art style, but the characters and tone as well. I lost count of the amount of times I watched this trailer when it landed and even after seeing the full film watching it again kicks my hype into overdrive.
Suspiria (Trailer #2)
I suspect there will be quite a few (even among the writers here on the site) who will disagree with me on this one, and argue I should have put Suspiria’s first trailer on the list instead. Frankly, though, the teaser trailer did very little for me and I was ready to write off the film entirely. Something clicked in this second trailer. Between the ominous musical score, slow burn tension, and chilling character moments, I was suddenly very eager to feast my eyes on the full movie.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Trailer #2)
Despite not being the biggest fan of the Mission: Impossible franchise, there’s no denying the pure adrenaline that fuels this trailer. It’s one awesome looking thing after another and as you’re watching, it’s difficult to imagine that they’d be able to fit all of this insanity into a single film. Couple that with the continuing storyline from the previous film (a welcome first), and the excitement for Fallout was real.
Many were excited to see the return of the Halloween franchise, but such a reboot (which would also undo every other sequel in the years since) also brought about trepidation. After all, it’s not the first time Jamie Lee Curtis was brought back for the iconic Laurie Strode for a potential reboot, but this first teaser trailer set aside just about all those worries. On top of reintroducing us to the characters and the status quo of the new sequel, it revealed a chilling return of the iconic killer with promises of more scares to come.
A Quiet Place (Trailer #2)
2018 was a big year for horror, but one of the newcomers to the genre has kept people talking for a long time with A Quiet Place. Personally, I had issues with the overall story and execution, but it has an engaging concept that provided genuine scares. That aspect was on full display in this trailer which sets up the world while chilling you to the bone.
Captain Marvel (Trailer #2)
Captain Marvel had two good trailers this year, but the full trailer that released the other month is what caused my jaw to hit the floor. To be honest, I’m not very familiar with the character at all (Unless it was Spider-Man, I didn’t read a lot of Marvel comics), but this trailer has me entirely sold on seeing this film. I like the idea of it being a different kind of origin story for the hero, while also delivering on some really cool looking action sequences.
Avengers: Infinity War (Trailer #2)
Where the first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War touched on the emotional side of things and preparing audiences for the unprecedented team-up, this trailer brought the goods in terms of epic action. On top of more plot details, we also got to see more of the characters interacting with one another and a glimpse at how big the action sequences were going to be. It’s a lot of flash, but definitely kicks up the hype.
Us (Trailer #1)
Though it came at the very tail end of the year (Christmas day!), the first trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us is something that instantly struck a chord with audiences. From it’s crazy looking plot, to the vivid imagery, it’s all pretty terrifying. More than setting the tone for the horror film, the trailer manages to suck you into the mystery, leaving you watching it again and again to try and decipher what’s going on (in a good way).
Honorable Mentions: BlackKklansman, Sorry to Bother You, Overlord, A Star is Born, Detective Pikachu, Aquaman Final Trailer.
There was no shortage of great movie trailers to enjoy this year whether you were watching on your computer or at the theater. Thankfully (some) these excellent trailers also hyped us up for excellent films, and I’m crossing my fingers that next year brings even more awesomeness. What were your favorite movie trailers this year?