One of my guilty pleasures (and not so guilty, aftert all) is Trailers from Hell!, a video-blog of sorts in which famous genre directors, screenwriters and producers present the trailers of their favorite movies, providing an off-beat commentary in voiceover.
The brainchild of director Joe Dante, and with regular contributions by the likes of John Landis, Brian Trenchard-Smith, Guillermo Del Toro and many other personal idols of mine, this is one of the best programs about movies on the internet, and it is highly recommended. It’s one of the most refreshing, funny and intelligent ways to spend five minutes watching a video on Youtube.
The project was launched in 2007 and has built a huge back-catalog of episodes.
The only caveat is, if you check out regularly their website or Youtube Channel, you’ll end up trying to track down films you never heard before.
Or, in the case of movies you know pretty well, you’ll end up re-watching them, and having lots of fun.
My friend Lucy refers to Trailers from Hell as a form of addiction, the box-of-chocolate sort of thing that goes ok, I’ll watch just another one…
For instance, last night I caught screenwriter Josh Olson’s episode about John Huston’s The African Queen…
… and what the heck, now I’ll have to re-watch that old movie, and maybe get a little pang of nostalgia remembering when I used to watch it with my mother, back when it had become a standard of the afternoon TV programming, in the early ’90s.
But it’s a great adventure movie, there’s Bogart in it (and Katherine Hepburn!), and therefore I’ll inflict my opinions on you, in a forthcoming post.