14 Fan Trailers This Year That Were as Good as the Real Thing

My friends and family think I'm a weirdo, but honestly, I enjoy going to the theater to see the trailers almost as much as the actual movie. For a trailer-geek like me, 2014 had some really great ones (the recent Mad Max insanity certainly being among them), but this year has also seen more than a few fan-made efforts that rival the real thing.

Some of these edit together repurposed footage from older films, some of these shot their own original scenes, and a few aren't even for movies at all. All of them are pretty awesome in their own way. Here are my 14 favorite fan trailers from 2014.

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1. Paczilla: Pacific Rim vs. Godzilla

Obvious? Sure. Epic? Definitely! This one combines footage from this the 2014 Godzilla movie with Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rimfor the ultimate Kaiju vs. Jaeger smackdown.

2. Suicide Squad

The actual Suicide Squad trailer might be a few years off, but this fan editor just couldn't wait to see what that Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and the gang might look like in action. It unsurprisingly borrows pretty heavily from the Suicide Squad stuff from Arrow, but it also manages to incorporate Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and the rest of the announced cast in a pretty slick way.

3. Justice League

If 2016's Batman v. Superman already feels like superhero-overload, I can't imagine how the eventual Justice League movie is going to manage to juggle all of those costumed characters. If the action is anywhere near as awesome as this fan trailer though, I think we're in for a treat. This fan editor decided to tap Braniac as the main villain of Justice League, and aside from recasting Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern, it even manages to sprinkle in some of the actual casting.

4. The Akira Project

This ambitious project is the result of a 2012 crowdfunding campaign to create a live-action trailer for the iconic manga/anime Akira. After two years of hard work between more than 40 artists in 12 different countries, it was finally released a few months ago. Worth the wait? I think so. It might not be the Akira movie we're bound to eventually get, but holy Neo-Tokyo is it the one that this story deserves.

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier as an 80s B-Movie Trailer

What if The Winter Soldier was released in the 80s? According to this trailer, it would've been pretty damn amazing. From the 4:3 aspect ratio to the VHS tracking lines, it's just so perfect.

6. Five Nights at Freddy's 3

Five Nights at Freddy's might not be a blockbuster movie, but it's certainly been something of a phenomenon in the gaming world. This fan trailer for a proposed third entry brings the series to an abandoned mall (as if managing a restaurant wasn't hard enough), and was shot with original assets using Source Filmmaker.

It even proposes a few new gameplay features, including a free-roaming environment and using a phone to access security cameras. That's way too spooky for me, but it does make for an awesome trailer.

7. Dredd 2

Can someone please just make this movie already? For a lack of actual Dredd footage to use, this one really manages to sell its premise, sending the Judge out of the city and into a world that's somehow even more violent than Mega-City One.



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