5. Let Me In
One of the best reviewed films of the year, Let Me In is the American remake of the amazing Swedish horror film Let the Right One In. In it, a 12-year-old boy in a New Mexico town in the early 1980s develops a friendship with a very young vampire played by Kick-Ass’ Chloë Grace Moretz. If you think she was deadly in Kick-Ass, this film sees the pint-sized actress disposing of human bodies in ways you never thought imaginable. The film itself was brilliant and so was the use of blood and gore.
I’m pretty sure that Predators didn’t really need any serious promotion to be a box office smash, but the extremely bloody Red Band trailer for the film definitely didn’t hurt things. Adrien Brody stars as a mercenary leading a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet as prey for a gang of badass Predators. The blood and gore that takes place here easily made die-hard fans of the series salivate for more. Maybe that’s why it took in over $126 million at the box office.
There were a few Red Band trailers for the SNL-inspired comedy MacGruber let loose on the Interwebs before its release and they were all pretty much solid gold. Each one featured even more unseen footage than the next and also supplied viewers with over-the-top action wrapped around extremely filthy jokes. As you should all already know, Will Forte plays the wacky special agent MacGruber who totally destroys everything he touches. He also rips out some dude’s throat. Epicness.
2. Hot Tub Time Machine
When three guys find a hot tub that doubles as a time machine they get sent back 20 years and rediscover the awesomeness of the '80s. In-deed. The Red Band trailers that were unleashed for the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine were easily some of the best put together all year. Most of the reason is due to the hilarious dirty jokes and lots of hot ladies wearing very little clothing. Sounds like a perfect movie recipe to me. Boobs don't hurt matters either.
The Red Band clips put together in promotion for Kick-Ass might have legitimately been the key to the film's box office success. In this brilliant trailer, we get an epic introduction of Hit Girl. She looks cute and sweet, but inside lurks a vigilante who would make Batman blush. She knows her way around knives, guns, and whips, and she's not afraid to maim, murder, and destroy anyone who gets in the way of justice. I know I’m not the only one when I say that this was the clip that made me go see Kick-Ass in the first place.