Tuesday, November 5, 2013

CLASSIC TRAILER ROUND-UP: THE MANSTER

Curator's Note: As part of my job for MOVIECLIPS I help curate the Old Hollywood Trailers channel on YouTube. It's meant to be a source for trailers before the online HD video revolution of recent years. While there's still a load of 21st Century offerings there's a rich archive of earlier films which we only hope to further expand. Throughout the month of October I was exclusively looking to upload horror films both new and old.


The trailer for The Manster feels like it's backwards. The beginning has the shrilling soundtrack with possessed-font title cards informing us of the terror at hand. Do they know that "a terrifying creature killer" makes it sound like the titular beast is killing creatures? We're then handed over to an energetic  narrator who tries to convey the excitement that the images onscreen do not. The worst offense of this trailer is that half of it is so dark (in terms of lighting) and you cannot tell what the heck is going on. An American reporter in Japan has become The Manster and we'll know what havoc he causes if we bother seeing it.

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