It’s been just under 3 weeks since Lucasfilm released the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and it really got me thinking about some of the other truly fantastic movie teasers from over the years. To me, a great teaser should really do just that … tease you like no tomorrow and leave you wanting more. Kinda like this girl I knew back in my younger years … but I digress. Whether it is a scene filmed just to wet your appetites, actual footage from the film or a sequence of images shown quickly on the screen, if it does a good job, I can guarantee your ass will be in that seat on opening day.
Here’s some of the best teaser trailers from over the years.
20. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)
I really love is how much The Rise of Skywalker borrows from it.
19. Red Eye (2005)
New romantic comedy set on a plane? Oh, hell no. Great switcheroo.
18. Fight Club (1999)
With no knowledge of the book prior to this, you really wonder what the hell you are getting into with this. But, with that cast, I was sold.
17. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
1999 was a great year for teasers.
16. District 9 (2009)
45 seconds in and you are really wondering what this documentary is about, and then BAM! Aliens. WTF?
15. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
One trailer to tease them all.
14. The Master (2012)
Another visually stunning teaser with great use of music. I only wish I liked the movie as much as I like this trailer.
13. The Incredibles (2008)
12. Watchmen (2009)
Really is just a visual marvel in editing.
11. Superman Returns (2006)
This trailer and the airplane rescue are fantastic.
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What do you think of the selection so far? What are some of your favorite teaser trailers form over the years? Maybe they will show up further on the list!