What do you think makes an exciting teaser for a movie? Epic music? Propulsive action? A sense of fulfilled expectations? For many, it’s a combination of all three, and a well-cut trailer can make you both excited for and agonizing in wait over a new film. Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr doesn’t seem entirely concerned with thrilling audiences in the preview for his newest film The Turin Horse. In fact, it almost feels designed to alienate audiences, or maybe even have them be in on some kind of joke relating to the nature of movie advertising.
Either way, the only thing you’ll see in this teaser, other than the title and credits “A film by Bela Tarr,” is a black and white lantern. There’s some nice ambient wind, along with an atmospheric score that’s buried under said wind, but otherwise there isn’t much to see. However, I kind of admire the guts it takes to release something for your upcoming film that feels so unique, even if not that much work may have necessarily been put into it. Watch it below:
What do you think of this teaser? Any anticipation for The Turin Horse, and how thrilled were you left by what’s on display?
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