5: Skyline – Estimated Budget: $10,000,000
This movie, the newest from the Brothers Strause and Rogue Entertainment, may not be the best thing to come along since sliced bread, but oh boy can they sell it. From the silly text talking about SETI to the all-too-serious description of alien life from Laurence O’Donnell and Dan Rather, this trailer hits us with a sense of impending doom that only giant blue explosive balls crashing into L.A. could deliver. And to end with just immeasurable amounts of people being sucked in a dust cloud into spiky spaceships is pure brilliance. Click HERE to watch this impressive little gem.
4: Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale – Estimated Budget: €1,948,000
Holy cow. Santa is…the children are… HOW CAN YOU MAKE THIS MOVIE?!?! It’s Finnish. A movie about a mine holding a ravenous Santa that eats the Reindeer and maybe the kids. After watching this, you will not have ANY clue as to what is actually going on other than your childhood being torn from your soul like an overripe apple. You must see this to believe it.
3: Monsters – Estimated Budget: $200,000
Ok, so the aliens have hit earth and they’ve been kicking around for 6 years. Now what? Well, run away of course! Wear gas masks, of course! One of the coolest looking road movies to come along in recent years, this trailer covers the walking route from south to north America with all of the decaying remains of society one would expect after massive Cloverfield-like monsters have infested earth. Certainly one to check out, and certainly the last alien movie on this list!
2: Black Dynamite – Estimated Budget: $2,900,000
This trailer has everything one could hope for in a brilliant spoof of every blaxploitation catch, hook and phrase birthed from the explosive 70’s underground cinema scene. As the righteous voice-over within the trailer promises in pitch-perfect jive, “If you CRAVE satisfaction, then DIG this action!” How could you pass it up? After all, it’s filmed in “Cinemaphonoc Quadrovision!”
1: Lick – Estimated Budget: $CAD100,000
Here is where we see something from nothing. The other trailers on this list have something to them; a massive understanding of special effects and how to use them cheaply, an aesthetic that left popular favor decades ago, or a reveal to unconventional terror. In lick, we see a wonderful study in awkwardness. Also, we see the proverbial “mountain from a mole-hill” scenario. When the people within this film levy an unrealistic importance on a very unimportant item, explore their obsession in scientific depth, or pin all of their hope on said item, they unleash a beast of funny akin to the brilliance of “Best in Show” or “A Mighty Wind”. This is, for sure, a breath of inexpensive fresh air.