A few months ago I saw a post on TTLG linking to a pant-wettingly hilarious fake trailer for Titanic 2. By now, of course, this is pretty old news, and remixed/parody/mashup trailers are a ubiquitous online occurrence — much like the tedious overuse of geeky internet acronyms, I suppose.
But on the off-chance that you haven’t yet seen one of these things, there’s really nothing I could say to explain it to you. You’ll just have to watch it yourself:
Not five minutes ago, as I was browsing around Wil Wheaton’s temporary blog, I came across a post linking to a couple more fake trailers, one of which was a (rather lame) parody of Stand By Me, turning it from a heartwarming coming-of-age drama into a psychological thriller.
But the real jewel in the parody trailer collection must be “Shining”. I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of effort that went into turning Stanley Kubrick’s disturbing horror into a believable-looking romcom. Here it is in any case:
After I’d finished spraying a mouthful of Asda Summer Fruits High Juice all over my keyboard I was able to calm down enough to post about it. Clearly “Shining” is the win on so many levels.
An honourable mention should also go to Brokeback to the Future, which is pretty self-explanatory. This one somehow manages to turn the scene where Marty’s in the car with his mom into an even more awkward repressed homoerotic Doc Brown fantasy sequence. It’s truly the stuff that poorly-written internet slash fan-fiction is made of. Only much funnier and without the questionable legality and purple prose. Genius.
The reason I’m so impressed with this kind of thing — besides the obviously incredible amount of effort that goes into producing them — is because I love the “mashup” genre generally. From so-called bastard pop to elaborate photoshops of James Bond film posters, I admire the way that someone can take something which was made with one purpose in mind and shape it into something else, with an entirely different feel and intended audience. On some level, it’s the ability to create something entirely unique, unexpected and exciting out of something staid and mundane.
So more power to the mashup artists!