‘Super 8′ TV Spots Are Eerie; ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2′ TV Spot Is Epic

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

Super 8 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows TV spots Super 8 TV Spots Are Eerie; Deathly Hallows: Part 2 TV Spot Is Epic

Summer 2011 is chugging ahead full steam and that means plenty of TV spots teasing some of the most hotly-anticipated films that’ll hit theaters this year. This includes J.J. Abrams’ latest sci-fi project, Super 8, and the epic finale, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Like the most recent Super 8 TV spot, the latest pair of small screen previews released for Abrams’ new project do away with the whimsical Cocoon musical score and wondrous atmosphere of the original Super 8 trailer – and instead focus on the more mysterious monster movie genre aspects of the film.

Abrams provided little in the way of concrete information about Super 8 in the past, saying:

“To me, all people need to know is that it’s an adventure about a small town and it’s funny, it’s sweet, it’s scary and there’s a mystery: What is this thing that has escaped? What are the ramifications of its presence? And what is the effect on people?”

Paramount has decided to downplay the “funny and sweet” side of Super 8 in these television clips, which make the film look more like a 1970s-set supernatural horror flick (not in a bad way, mind you) than anything else.

Watch the latest Super 8 TV spots (via FearNet and Youtube) below:


Super 8 may be largely an homage to Amblin sci-fi flicks of the 1970s and 80s like E.T., but we seem to often forget just how eerie and sinister those film are at times. Those movies are dead serious when it comes to building atmosphere and anticipation for the reveal of the mysterious, possibly dangerous other-worldly creatures that have arrived on our planet.

Case in point: Check out this abduction scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind (and note the parallels to the Super 8 footage) below:


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

What else is there to say about the Warner Bros. teenage wizard saga at this point? Over the course of a decade, we’ve watched franchise stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint go from being the little kids battling magical creatures (and schoolyard bullies) in Chris Colombus’ original Harry Potter movie – to now, young adults engaged in a full-out war against the Dark Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his forces in director David Yates’ undeniably epic conclusion to the franchise.

The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 trailer teased quite the action-packed roller coaster ride of a finale, and the first TV spot released for the film very much does the same. We’ve still got two months until what is arguably the most anticipated movie of the summer hits theaters, so expect to see plenty of more Harry Potter-related marketing paraphernalia over the upcoming weeks as well.

In the meantime, check out the first Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 TV spot below:

Super 8 hits theaters next month on June 10th.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 arrives in theaters just over a month later on July 15th.

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  1. I absolutely love the new shot of Voldemort in that tv spot.

    Super 8 looks pretty great as well.

  2. Screenrant, The Title says first tv spot for Harry Potter and the deathly hallows part 1 it should say part 2.

    Just letting ya know ;)

    • *waves hand*

      There’s no mistake in the excerpt for this article. 8-)

      • Seriously, though, thanks for catching that. ;-)

        • Woah that was quick! This is why Screenrant is Amazing :D

          Thanks Sandy and no prob :)

  3. Have ya’ll seen the supposed Super 8 Monster shot? I still have it and would love to post it in the comments here but I have NO CLUE how to do it.


  4. Great more post converted 3D to ruin the final movie, wonderful. If it wasnt the very last one, I’d skip it in cinemas and wait for Blu.

    • Hey DSB haven’t seen a post in awhile great to see you and um Al ‘yeah Al’ up in the corner of my screen… ;)

  5. thank god they changed the music for the Super 8 trailer.
    (quick note: not “Cocoon inspired”… it WAS the music from Cocoon, by James Horner)

    The new trailer definitely makes it look more like a horror flick.
    I suppose now, when it turns out not to be a full-on horror film, people are going to b**** about misleading advertising?

    • Thanks for that, Mike – I had thought the Super 8 trailer music was a remix of the Cocoon score, but you’re right, it’s the exact same music.

    • Oops the secret is out…

      ** Super secret memo Amblin entertainment ** November 14 2009

      To all directors:

      Due to cost containment measures and the current demand for quality scoring services from composition to recording any new films slated for release between now and 2014 will use “Cocoon” soundtrack in whole or in part in teasers and trailer until such time as we can secure a steadier more consistent delivery schedule. You cooperation and understanding as always is appreciated.

  6. It doesn’t matter if it’s the long or short version I can’t get enough of the trailers for Potter.

  7. Agreed about the Cocoon music. Horner is one of the greats and it was unnecessary to use that music. That’s what Two Steps From Hell is for. They do trailer music almost exclusively, and have hours and hours of material that would fit the trailers and TV spots much better.

    But anyway….

    I am very excited about both of these films, but not for the 3D gimmick. It’ll be nice when the studios finally give up on that crap. If you’re going to use it, then SHOOT with it instead of converting later. Dante, I’d like to see your picture. Not because I’m spoilerific, but because I think you’re lying. Maybe you think the pic is legit, so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt.