'Super 8' Mastermind J.J. Abrams on Movie Trailers: 'It Drives Me Crazy'
By David Weiner
A mysterious event captured on 'Super 8' film affects the lives of a group of kids and their small Midwestern town in J.J. Abrams' exciting new movie, in theaters Friday, and the writer-director tells ET what he hates about most movie trailers these days.
"It drives me crazy when you see a trailer for a movie and it's over and you're like, 'Well, I don't have to see the movie anymore. I just saw everything,'" he says. "And so part of the fun [in the 'Super 8' trailer] was trying to show people kind of what the feeling of the movie was, give them the sense of what happens -- this thing that escapes from the train car -- and yet not say everything and not give every detail away so the audience can actually have a fun surprise when they go see the movie."
The 'Super 8' story revolves around a group of friends (including Joel Courtney, Riley Griffiths and Elle Fanning) in a small Ohio town, circa 1979, who witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 horror movie. They learn that the catastrophe was no accident, and in short time unusual disappearances and inexplicable, supernatural events reveal something more terrifying than any of them could have ever imagined.