The Top 13 "In a World" Film Trailers

The Top 13 “In a World” Film Trailers

by | Sep 22, 2017

There’s three little words that are rarely spoken and yet have become a cliched part of cinematic trailers, “In a World!”. This simple sentence is now synonymous with trailers, instantly building “a world” in your minds eye before the teaser even played out. 
“In a world of film trailers… these 13 previews risk it all by blowing the first rule of trailers. Don’t be clichéd!” We bring you The Top 13 “In a World” Film Trailers. Enjoy…

The Road Warrior (1981)

“In a world with gas, this is a land that prays for a hero…”

The trailer for Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior takes us on a journey into madness, as gas is gold and life is cheap. That gravely toned voice you here is of the most famous ‘movie trailer voice’, the late and great Don LaFontaine. Interesting to hear that the voice of Humongous is different here too, which means that they used a stand in for the trailer of the voice was changed in post.

Goodfellas (1990)

“In a world that’s powered by violence…”

A violent and harrowing teaser for Martin Scorsese Goodfellas. Starting with the in film voice over by Ray Liotta before moving over to the gravelly tones of another greatly missed voice over artist Harold “Hal” Douglas.

Alien 3 (1992)

“In a world where the sun burns cold…”

The trailer for Alien 3 is filled with suspense and horror, along side the eerie notes of the Alien score and Don LaFontaine uttering probably the most ludicrous line in film trailer history.  He is probably the first and last person to be paid for saying “The bitch is back!”. 

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

“In a world of imagination…”

Before Peter Jackson went all main stream and took on Hobbits and Kongs, he made this amazing film based on a true life crime. The harrowing tale of Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, who plotted and murdered Pauline’s mother, Honora Rieper, in 1950s New Zealand. The trailer is narrated by Don LaFontaine.

The Glass Shield (1994)

“In a world filled with violence…”

Racial tensions run high in this trailer for the 1994 cop drama, the Glass Shield, that see a rookie cop taking on the system. This rather mediocre trailer is only heightened by LaFontaine’s intense voice over. 

Angels and Insects (1995)

“In a world of wealth and privilege…”

This American-British romance drama documents the chaotic lives of an aristocratic mid-19th century British family, and the dark secrets that they harbour. Narrated once again by the tones of LaFontaine, the teaser desperately tries to be interesting. 

Ransom (1996)

“In a world where great risks can bring extraordinary rewards…”

This intense trailer for Ransom sees Rene Russo and Mel Gibson fighting to save their kidnapped son. Once again, LaFontaine provides the voice over, whilst Gibson provides the shouting.

BASEketball (1998)

“In a world where professional sports had sunk to a new low…”

Yep, LaFontaine narrates yet another trailer (they call him “That Trailer Guy” for a reason) in the hilarious preview for BASEketball. Directed by David Zucker and starring South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the zany comedy is sure to entertain.

Jakob the Liar (1999)

“In a world where owning a radio was strictly forbidden…”

In one of Robin Williams lesser known roles, he play a Jewish shop owner called Jakob, who lies to keep up peoples spirits (and to keep his secrets) in 1944 Poland. Hal Douglas provides the voice over.

South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut (1999)

“In a world fraught with corruption…”

South Park invaded the big screen in 1999, with a feature film version of their outrageous show. LaFontaine provides the voice over and Stan, Kyle, Kenny and Cartman provide the laughs. 

Planet of the Apes (2001)

“In a world where freedom is history…”

Tim Burton’s failed attempt at reviving the Planet of the Apes franchise at least had a half decent trailer. Action packed with a  rocking sound track blasting in the background, and plenty of LaFontaine’s soothing tones to take you through the intense teaser. 

Comedian (2002)

“In a world where laughter was king…”

Hal Douglas sends up the trailer trope in this hilarious advert for the 2002 film, ‘Comedian’. Perfectly in keeping with the films comedy aspect. “Your’e Fired!”

Knights of Badassdom (2013)

“In a world within our world…”

Hal Douglas Narrates our last film on the list, the LARP based black comedy ‘Knights of Badassdom’. Starring Game of Thrones Star Peter Dinklage, this trailer kicks medieval ass. With plenty of laughs and good amount of gore, this 2013 film is actually not as silly as it sounds.

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