ByKristin Lai, writer at
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Kristin Lai

For reasons that I'm not entirely sure of, I have an intense love of fake movie trailers. Especially when it's a movie trailer within a movie. Maybe it's the cameos or a rare glimpse of Hollywood being self-aware, but it's something that I always find fun.

Sure, most of them would be horrible movies, but that doesn't mean they can't be entertaining! From meta trailers to hilarious sketches, the following 11 fake trailers could be made into full-length movies:

1. DON'T

From: Grindhouse

Starring: Jason Isaacs, Matthew Macfadyen, Lucy Punch, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and voiceover by Will Arnett

The Edgar Wright directed trailer in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's 2007 film Grindhouse is a classic fake trailer. Poking fun at the horror films of the 1970s, the takeaway from DON'T is just that. But, would I watch an entire movie that point out some of horror's most familiar tropes? Absolutely.

2. AustinPussy

From: Austin Powers in Goldmember

Starring: Tom Cruise, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey, Danny DeVito

Ahh yes, the movie within a movie fakeout. There could always be a spoof on a spoof! Why not? Anything is possible in the Austin Powers universe.

3. When Harry Met Sally 2: When Sharon Bit Harry

From: Funny or Die

Starring: Billy Crystal, Helen Mirren, Maya Rudolph, Rob Riggle, and Mike Tyson

This is a genuinely funny bit from Funny or Die where Billy Crystal goes to a studio head (Adam Scott) to pitch a sequel to the 1989 romantic comedy, When Harry Met Sally. To stay in line with the popular trends, they decided they should give the movie a slight twist. I would pay top dollar to see Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren in about anything, so this gets a hard "yes" from me!

4. MoonQuake Lake

From: Annie

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Rihanna

The last thing we really need is another young adult romance, but if it stars Mila Kunis as a moon person in a relationship with human Ashton Kutcher being kept apart by a Rihanna swamp monster (that's what this trailer is suggesting, right?), that seems just ridiculous enough for me to get on board with!

5. Deception

From: The Holiday

Starring: James Franco and Lindsay Lohan

I'm not a huge fan of shoot 'em up movies, but if this fake trailer suggests some redemption for Lindsay Lohan's career by working alongside James Franco, I could get into it.

6. Me

From: SNL

Starring: Johan Hill and Michael Cera

True, this is already a spoof on Spike Jonze's Her, but this could be a feature-length film and I'd probably laugh the whole time. When he pulls up his pants? When he has phone sex with himself? When Michael Cera shows up? Yes. Yes. Yes.

7. The Beygency

From: SNL

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Taran Killam, Keifer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

Is it just me or is this what the world actually feels like sometimes? When did Beyoncé's fans become fanatics? Please don't take this as me saying that I don't like Queen Bey because, well, you've seen the trailer.

8. Teresa: The Making of a Saint

From: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

Starring: Megan Fox as Sophie Maes

While a movie about Mother Teresa's illicit love affair with a priest would likely be wholly inaccurate and offensive, it would probably still draw a decent crowd to the theaters if it was starring Megan Fox circa 2008.

9. Scorcher VI: Global Meltdown

From: Tropic Thunder

Starring: Ben Stiller as Tugg Speedman

Some of the best fake trailers came from the hilarious 2008 comedy Tropic Thunder. There are a handful of potential picks, but Scorcher VI: Global Meltdown is one of my favorites. The longwinded trailer that unnecessarily explains Tugg Speedman's exploits against extreme weather patterns has me begging for a tongue-in-cheek feature film.

10. Satan's Alley

From: Tropic Thunder

Starring: Robert Downey Jr. as Kirk Lazarus and Tobey Maguire

I highly doubt this Brokeback Mountain-esque movie would ever be made, but seeing Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey Jr. fondling one another's rosary beads is pretty hilarious. Oooh, the things I would do to see Tobey give RDJ the upside-down, rainy-soaked Spider-Man kiss.

11. The Midnight Coterie of Sinister Intruders

From: SNL

Starring: Edward Norton as Owen Wilson and Alec Baldwin as the Narrator

How has Wes Anderson directed so many great films without venturing into the horror genre? I know the man has a very distinct style, but I think he could do something pretty great by venturing into new territory with it! Obviously, his cast of regular players would all be in attendance. The only thing missing from this fake trailer was Bill Murray. Bring on the horror, Murray!

Since there are plenty more fake trailers out there, are there any that I didn't include that you would want to see as a full-length movie? Let me know in the comments section!


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