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Reverend Tre’s Cult Film Revival: Fake Movie Trailers

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I gotta say: I nerd out on movie trailers. There’s something about them. Back when Hulu was free and not so laser-focused on subscriptions, I would watch the trailers channel all the time. The trailers would just automatically queue and play… one right after the other. It almost didn’t matter the genre of movie, I was diggin’ it.

You see, trailers are part art and part marketing hype; really I think they’re mini movies in of themselves. They are relatively easy to make, but they’re even easier to get wrong. I think the trick is to balance enough footage to pique your interest but not reveal too much. The absolute worst trailers give the entire movie away, leaving little to the imagination and even going so far as to spoil crucial plot twists or surprises.

But what if the trailer was for a movie that didn’t exist?! There’s this burgeoning group of creative folks who are blazing new paths of cinematic joy with their latest passion: fake movie trailers. Some of these fakes might be an existing movie recut into an entirely different style, others might be outright originals. The concept might sound ridiculous at first, but let me show you a few of my favorites and see if I can’t drag some of you down with me.

No Country For Old Men Cartoon Trailer (Scooby Doo)

The Shining (as a romantic comedy)

HELL NO: The Sensible Horror Film

Dora the Explorer: The Movie

Not another Sundance Movie

The Hangover (recut into a thriller)

Scary Mary Poppins

Road Wars – The Imperator Strikes Back (Mad Max/Star Wars)

“George” (a Seinfeld tear jerker)

Insomnia: A Lighthearted Comedy (starring Al Pacino and Robin Williams)

Reverend Tre’s Wet Hot Costume Triple Play

Halloween’s coming up quick and everyone here at FIC is knuckling down on the triple-double-Bavarian Pretzel-daily-double-no-skin-touching-Denver-Omeletes, with absolutely none of the ol’ 1-2, 1-2-3, or the 1-2-3-4. Yup, we’re pretty much nose to the grindstone, hard at work on Found Item Clothing’s new for 2015 Movie Costume Guide!

But since the Guide’s not 100% ready yet, and we’re still putting the polish on some final touches, I wanted to show off one of our more popular costume groups this year, the Wet Hot American Summer collection! If anyone isn’t familiar with Wet Hot, it’s a cult classic film that was pretty much panned on release (as all good cult classics are) but has, over the years, developed into a red hot commodity.

Speaking of Wet Hot, have you seen the 2015 release, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp? I’ve been busy binge-watching the new prequel mini-series on Netflix. I don’t want to mention how old I am, but let’s just say I was able to get in to the original film without any troubles. The new series reprises a lot of the film’s ridiculously campy silliness, and if you liked the movie I think you’re going really enjoy First Day of Camp. The second episode has a coming-of-age skit that made me spit my bourbon out, so there are some solid out-loud laughs to be had. Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the classic Wet Hot costumes we’ve put together.

#1: McKinley

Short shorts are hawt! Get yourself one of our world-famous Clifton track tees, that old Casio calculator watch off eBay, red short shorts (white trim mandatory!), tube socks with red stripes, and navy blue Saucony running shoes.

#2: Gene

If acting the crazy part is more your thing, Gene is the character for you. Start with adding a blue bandanna on your gorgeous dome, add goatee, apply scissors to a blue tee cropping high on the waist, cutting off the sleeves, and accentuating a deep V-neck cut. Top off with blue denim jeans, boots, and a filthy white chef’s apron. Must have accessory: a can of mixed vegetables!

#3: Gary

Remember when we said short shorts were back? We ain’t lying! Closing the circle on our trio of Wet Hot American Summer costumes, we look to Gary. Nailing Gary (the look, gosh!) takes the right hair so if it’s not naturally the proper length try a wig, add the requisite aviator glasses, a Betty Jane Tavern tee, some yellow shortie shorts, white tube socks, and some older running shoes.