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Honest Trailers is a series of movie trailer parodies produced by the YouTube channel Screen Junkies that pokes fun at both classic and modern Hollywood films by providing tongue-in-cheek commentaries over their official preview footage.
On February 13th, 2012, Screen Junkies uploaded the pilot episode of Honest Trailers for the 1999 science fiction film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (shown below). In the first two years, the video gained over 2.59 million views and 3,600 comments.
On March 22nd, 2012, Screen Junkies uploaded an honest trailer for the 2008 fantasy film Twilight (shown below, left), which garnered upwards of 4.33 million views and 6,400 comments within two years. On April 5th, a parody trailer for the 1997 romantic disaster film Titantic was uploaded to the Screen Junkies channel. In the next 14 months, the video accumulated more than 5.6 million views and 4,300 comments.
On April 8th, 2013, a page for “Web Video: Honest Trailers” was created on the trope database TV Tropes, listing the web series as an example of the “MundaneButAwesome,” “Brutal Honesty” and “Affectionate Parody” tropes. On May 17th, an honest trailer for the 2007 science fiction film Transformers (shown below, left) was uploaded to the Screen Junkies YouTube channel, which garnered over 4.5 million views and 3,800 comments in the first 13 months. On May 19th, a Facebook page titled “Honest Trailers” was launched, receiving upwards of 9,500 likes in the following year. On September 24th, Screen Junkies uploaded a parody trailer for the 2012 superhero film The Avengers (shown below, right). In nine months, the video gained more than 4.47 million views and 13,500 comments.
On May 30th, 2013, the pop culture blog Culture Mass published an article titled “Nicolas Cage, Honest Trailers and the Culture of Negativity,” which argued that the Honest Trailers series exposes a negative and overly critical mindset present in youth culture.
As of June 2013, there are 29 honest trailers that have been uploaded to the Screen Junkies YouTube channel.
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