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Best 2009: Trailers Pt. 1

12.30.2009


Welcome to the 100 Best Trailers of 2009. This is the 9th Annual List dating back to 2001 and my fifth year bringing it exclusively to JoBlo.com. If you visit the Trailers Page frequently, you should know my tastes quite well. So, none of these movies or rankings should come as too much of a surprise. Sometimes great trailers make great movies and other times they convince you to see awful movies.

The 100 Best Trailers are listed in order from worst to first. Bear in mind that each year over 400 trailers are released and not every trailer can fit on this list. The selection of the 100 Best is not compiled by the site as a whole, nor is it based on reader feedback. This is not a survey, nor did anyone vote. Just one guy's opinion on things.

My selection of the 100 Best depends on a multitude of criteria. Paramount to making a great trailer, previews must excel in edit, music selection, character and story development, and originality. There are standard types of trailers that movie audiences are accustomed to seeing; this list intends to encourage filmmakers and marketing firms to break those molds. Each movie is only allowed one entry on the list. Trailers that were released last year (like some of the trailers for WATCHMEN or TERMINATOR: SALVATION) are not qualified for this list.

This list will consist of two parts 100-26 and 25-1. I will feature the Worst Trailer of the year on my personal MYJOBLO Profile. Previous Best of the Years Winners include: PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, FUNNY GAMES , 300, JARHEAD, GARDEN STATE, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, FEMME FATALE, and 40 DAYS, 40 NIGHTS. I have left the Strike Back section open for you to add your own thoughts and favorites. Keep in mind, this list is just my opinion. Just like assholes, we all have them.

100. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

99. BIG FAN

98. ANGELS & DEMONS

97. REMEMBER ME

96. THE INFORMANT!

95. THE MESSENGER

94. SURROGATE

93. THE WOLFMAN

92. CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE

91. GOOD HAIR

90. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

89. THE FINAL DESTINATION

88. SORORITY ROW

87. SIN NOMBRE

86. NINE

85. FANTASTIC MR. FOX

84. YOUTH IN REVOLT

83. LAND OF THE LOST

82. FUNNY PEOPLE

81. BRONSON




SPOTLIGHT - # 84
YOUTH IN REVOLT


This trailer is one of the newest on list and proves that even #84 can be a good trailer. The best of the trailers for YOUTH IN REVOLT is the red band and Michael Cera appears to have better luck in this role than YEAR ONE. I'm still not 100% convinced that this movie is going to be good; however, the trailer is good enough to keep my interest piqued.

80. SUGAR

79. THE HURT LOCKER

78. ADVENTURES OF POWER

77. HARRY BROWN

76. GENTLEMEN BRONCOS

75. THE CANYON

74. BALLAST

73. EDGE OF DARKNESS

72. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

71. PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME

70. COLD SOULS

69. THE COVER

68. KICK-ASS

67. DAYBREAKERS

66. LESBIAN VAMPIRE KILLERS

65. TOY STORY 3

64. CEMETARY JUNCTION

63. WE LIVE IN PUBLIC

62. GRACE

61. HUNGER




SPOTLIGHT - # 75
THE CANYON


THE CANYON is one of the movies that I might easily ignore in the video store if not for a solid trailer. This horror flick starring Eion Bailey, Yvonne Strahovski, and Will Patton as they travel into the Grand Canyon and get stuck. Despite the dryness of the subject, the trailer delivers an intense looking thriller that, although revealing a bit more than necessary, makes this a horror movie to consider checking out.

60. DEATH AT A FUNERAL

59. THE GOODS: LIVE HARD, SELL HARD

58. DESPICABLE ME

57. BLACK DYNAMITE

56. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

55. THE ROAD

54. PUBLIC ENEMIES

53. THE HOUSE AND THE DEVIL

52. THE EDGE OF LOVE

51. WHITE ON RICE

50. THE BOYS ARE BACK

49. THE TAKING OF PELHAM 1 2 3

48. ALICE IN WONDERLAND

47. I LOVE YOU, MAN

46. IN THE LOOP

45. DATE NIGHT

44. BRUNO

43. THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX

42. DRAG ME TO HELL

41. WHITEOUT




SPOTLIGHT - # 42
DRAG ME TO HELL


With this trailer, Sam Raimi proved that he wasn't too old to return to his roots. DRAG ME TO HELL has a fantastic trailer that does a wonderful job of being scary, funny, and smart. It's kind of a shame that the movie was ignored at the box office; however, I blame the fickleness of audiences unwilling to see horror movies that aren't just boobs and bras. This is a very good movie with one of my favorite trailers of the year.


40. FIVE MINUTES OF HEAVEN

39. TORMENTED

38. IT MIGHT GET LOUD

37. THE BOOK OF ELI

36. TERMINATOR: SALVATION

35. DEAR JOHN

34. A SINGLE MAN

33. GREEN ZONE

32. BURMA VJ

31. ARMORED

30. WORLD'S GREATEST DAD

29. THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS

28. UP

27. SHERLOCK HOLMES

26. CRAZIES



Make sure to check back for the remainder of the list!

Extra Tidbit: Look for Part 2 Coming Soon!
Source: JoBlo Trailers

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