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Recut Movie Trailers, also known as “Movie Trailer Remixes” and “Misleading Trailers,” are parody videos made by editing original film trailers with different music and narration with scenes from the film taken out of their original context. They typically attempt to create the tone of an entirely different genre from the original film.
According to Trailer Mashup, the earliest known example of re-cut movie trailers was made by a NYU film student in December of 2003. The short clip, titled “Kill Christ”, combined the footage of Mel Gibson’s 2004 drama The Passion of the Christ with the music and style of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill action series.
In September of 2005, Robert Ryang created a video for a competition sponsored by the New York chapter of the Association of Independent Creative Editors. His submission was a parody of the trailer for the 1980 psychological horror film The Shining, but was edited to appear as if it were family friendly film accompanied by the song “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel.
The video was hosted on his company’s website prior to being posted to YouTube. Ryang was profiled in a New York Times article on September 30th, 2005 and talked about how the video spread after winning the contest:
Mr. Ryang won the contest, and about 10 days ago, he said, he sent three friends a link to a “secret site” on his company’s Web site where they could watch his entry. One of them, Mr. Ryang said, posted it on his little-watched blog. And that was that. Until this week, when he was hit by a tsunami of Internet interest.
On July 23rd, 2006, the domain was registered for the user submitted recut trailer website The Trailer Mash. BuzzFeed editor Matt Stopera published a compilation of recut movie trailers on November 24th, 2008. Top ten lists featuring notable recut trailers were subsequently posted to both the web culture blog Urlesque and the tech blog Mashable.
Brokeback Mountain Parodies
On February 1st, 2006, YouTuber orangeohm uploaded an edited trailer for the 1990 American science fiction comedy film Back to the Future Part III cut to appear as if it were a love story between the 2 male characters: Marty McFly and Doc Brown. It was titled “Brokeback to the Future” and was accompanied by music from the 2005 romantic drama Brokeback Mountain. Several other recut trailers that portrayed male characters as homosexual love interests were subsequently created, often using the same music from Brokeback Mountain.