March 4, 2013

Where are my Trailer Voiceovers?

You remember back in the 80’s and 90’s when action movie trailers had this epic booming voice that introduces us to the action hero about to go on  a mission to beat the bad guys? When a guy like the late great Don LaFontaine (who gave epic narration for the trailers for Terminator, Terminator 2, Starship Troopers, and Backdraft) opens with how our hero is a loose cannon and will resort to anything to stop the bad guys? I love it. Where are they nowadays?

Trailers now just simply let the movie sell you on whether your ass will be planted in the movie theater. That’s great. There are hundreds of trailers I’ve loved that simply let the actors and scenes do the talking. However, I feel there is a big hole left over from voice over work in trailers. It just helps give the trailers more meaning and importance to me. Especially in the action genre where the voiceover guy will sell the movie to you through making it seem like the best movie ever created on this planet.

It is definitely a dying art form that needs to be done more for trailers.

About the Author

My name is Omar and I love action movies. I grew up loving action films thanks in part to my father who would deliver a healthy dose of Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, and Seagal in my movie diet. Ever since then, I continue to love the genre more and more and go along perfectly with my love for the horror genre. What other movie genre can specialize in giving you pure adrenaline and excitement in every turn?



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