10 Best Movie Trailer Spoofs

Tuesday, February 1 by Alexander Heil

The 10 best movie trailer spoofs encompass a wide range of mock genres. Movie trailer spoofs use a formula consisting of mish-mashed clips with inapropriate cuts, hilarious screen text, believable voiceovers and replaced soundtracks to create an entirely new genre.

  1. "10 Things I Hate About Commandments" This trailer spoof is "3,000 years in the making" and combines one part "10 Things I Hate About You" with "The 10 Commandments." Usher's "Yeah!" kicks off the trailer as the voiceover states, "At Pharoah High, Ramses was the biggest playa around." In this teen comedy/drama spoof, Charlton Heston is the new kid in school and takes a stand, but "the battle is on between who will get the girl, who will rule the school and if a zero can become a hero." Samuel L. Jackson makes a hilarious surprise guest appearance as Principal Firebush.
  2. "Brokeback to the Future" If you had been living under a rock and never seen "Brokeback Mountain" or "Back to the Future," the trailer for "Brokeback to the Future" might very well look like an actual movie, which is a testament to how well this spoof is put together. Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) become an unlikely gay couple. Marty comes to Doc in a time machine that Doc invented, but as the trailer asserts, "The one variable they forgot… was love." Plenty of awkward glances between the two make this trailer a must-see.
  3. "Must Love Jaws" The "Must Love Jaws" movie trailer spoof takes the suspense/horror original and re-cuts it as a love story between Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) and Jaws, the man-eating great white shark. The trailer uses songs like James Blunt's "Your Beautiful" and R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" to re-cut "Jaws" into a story that was love at first bite.
  4. "Shining" Ever wondered what "The Shining" would look like as a romantic comedy? This spoof takes Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film with Jack Nicholson and turns it on its head. In this trailer spoof, Nicholson plays Jack Torrence, a struggling writer looking for answers in his life. By chance, a young kid by the name of Danny happens upon Jack and Jack soon becomes the boy's "new foster father." Peter Gabriel's "Solsbury Hill" highlights this lighthearted trailer.
  5. "Top Gun" The classic action film starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer gets re-made into a love story between, you guessed it, Tome Cruise and Val Kilmer. Look for the hilarious slow-motion scenes of the two stars gazing into each other's eyes and the inappropriate sex scene cutaways.
  6. "Mrs. Doubtfire" The 1993 comedy starring Robin Williams who disguises himself as a female housekeeper in order to spend time with his children gets re-cut into a thriller/suspense film. As the trailer spoof puts it, "One man's obsession will go too far."
  7. "Star Wars" This movie trailer spoof takes a scene from "Return of the Jedi" where Leia tells Han Solo that Luke is her brother and re-cuts it using incestual undertones and the famous "Kill Bill" music.
  8. "The Terminator" When in doubt, re-cut a trailer to make it an unlikely love story. Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is caught in a love triangle and has to decide between a man or a "love machine."
  9. "Superbad" "Superbad" gets made into a thriller. This time, Evan and Seth (Michael Cera and Jonah Hill) are accomplices in the convenience mart assault on McLovin. McLovin is accompanied by two hard-nosed police officers who must stop Evan and Seth before their hell-bent rage becomes murderous.
  10. "American Pie" This trailer takes movie spoofs to a new level with add computer effects. Stifler (Sean William Scott) becomes an evil murderous entity after accidentally drinking a virus concocted by Oz (Chris Klein). The horror genre has never been so funny.
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