Fan Trailer Tries to Weave Together A Coherent Vision For The Venom Movie

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I don’t know if the Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy, is going to be good. I hope it is. But I do know how it looks: like a weird, incoherent series orphan, vainly attempting to capitalize on the popularity of Spider-Man in a fictional universe where Spider-Man isn’t actually accessible as a character.

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I found myself drawn to this fan trailer, by Billy Crammer, for the way it tries to unpack and modify that idea. It’s an attempt, in fan work, to repair a vision that seems missing. To do so, Cramer adds footage from a variety of other films, stitching together horror with action with, yes, a few glimpses of Spider-Man, to create a concept for Venom that works, illustrating a hypothetical version of the movie’s supposed Lethal Protector premise that functions as advertised.

That’s why I enjoy fan trailers. Trailers themselves are perfect little documents of a film that doesn’t exist, an advertising trick that pulls together all the best, most interesting moments of a movie to make the audience eager to see a version of the movie that doesn’t really exist outside of that trailer. That trick works, so we go see the movie, or we accept that it’s a trick but still hope the real thing will be worthwhile. Fan trailers, meanwhile, at their best use that trick as a means of storytelling and commentary. Trailers are always about movies that don’t exist, they say. Well, what about this one? Wouldn’t that be cool?

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In the case of this Venom trailer, yeah, I think it would.

io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.

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I recognize a scene from Daredevil in there...and I think a scene from IT where Beverly gets drenched with blood, but they tinted the blood black. Interesting.

Speaking of fake trailers, I always loved this one for Don’t that aired during Grindhouse. It’s a parody of all those ‘70s British horror movies imported into the US.