Monday, March 5, 2012

Lame Trailer Clichés: The Kettle

Yes, another weekly feature. It was something I came up with while selling someone a Lotto ticket at work and gazing at the TV playing the trailer disc. I've seem craploads of trailers in my time thanks to working a DVD shop, and more often than not they're pretty silly. So every Monday, I'll look at a certain lame trailer cliché that seems to pop up in quite a few of them.

Do you ever look at your kettle and think, what a sinister appliance?

Do you ever listen to your kettle boiling and think, "blimey, that makes my life so much more exciting"?

Do you ever think, if I were in my own action movie, I want a kettle boiling in the room just to make it that more intense?

If you answered those three questions with a no? Well, the movies seem to think that kettles are pretty intense, and they like to stick a shot of one and the boiling providing a soundtrack to a choppily edited segment of all of the exciting parts in the movie. For the record, my kettle kind of sounds like Darth Vader letting out a really long breath. And I'm not sure that it would make anything more intense, even Star Wars.

So if you go and watch last year's Liam Neeson thriller Unknown or straight-to-DVD horror Rogue River, keep an eye out for the kettle. They seem to play it out like the kettle could indeed be eligible for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars. That appliance that makes you a nice cup of tea/coffee? It is much more of a movie star than you originally thought.


This little humdinger appears at about 2:20



Like Unknown, this one doesn't get his star moment until quite the way through the trailer. Look out for him at 1:40



Do you think that kettles should get their own Oscar category for 'Best Supporting Appliance'?

15 comments:

  1. Ach, I hate kettles! Such an outdated appliance! What a cliche. Looking forward to more in this series.

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  2. HAHAH Silly Stevee!! I love it! Pesky Kettles trying to steal the limelight!

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    1. They are so pesky - they should keep out!

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  3. Surely the lamest of all movie trailer cliches is the foreign movie trailer which contains no dialogue to try and conceal the fact that it's not in English. Or, if the film has scenes in English, the trailer only includes dialogue from those bits.

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    1. Haha, I know what you mean. Maybe that will pop up later in the series.

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  4. Does anyone even use kettles anymore since they invented microwaves?

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    1. I use an electrical kettle to boil my water...

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    2. Btw if you could give your opinion on my pitch it would be most appreciated. Sorry if i come of a bit annoying by asking you this, but i put a lot of work into it and i want as much feedback on it as i can get

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    3. ...replied to the wrong comment. Dammit

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  5. Never realized the kettle was so...prominent

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  6. Oh yes, the kettles are also prominent part of horror films just before something bad happens

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    1. Oh gosh I know. Can't they just leave the poor appliance be?!

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