Movie Trailers That Should Have Been #7: The 300 Spartans

This is a change of pace for the “Movie Trailers That Should Have Been” series. I have never seen either The 300 Spartans or 300. Yet, for some reason, I do not doubt that this trailer — which uses footage from The 300 Spartans and scored to the 300 trailer — is a pretty accurate representation of the former movie. What’s so great about this trailer, though, is that it makes me want to go out and rent the 1962 movie. The trailer uses sound clips from the real movie, which gets downright weird when the following exchange appears: “Our arrows will blot out the sun!” “Then we fight in the shade.” Yup, that exact exchange also happened in 300.

But the coincidence really is not that odd. In an interview with UGO.com, Frank Miller (whose comic 300 was based on) says, “I’ve always loved this story. It’s the best story I’ve ever got my hands on. I was a little boy of seven when I saw this clunky old movie from 20th Century Fox called The 300 Spartans.” He goes on to mention that the movie changed his creative life.

But back to the trailer. Again, it’s quite exciting. Here’s to hoping there will be similar projects on YouTube in the future, such as The Greatest Story Ever Told scored to The Passion of the Christ, or Spartacus scored that that Requiem for a Dream piece they did for The Two Towers.

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