Okay, there are bad trailers, and then there are unbelievably horrific trailers. Surfing around today, I spotted the original Star Wars trailer (according to those who posted it) from 1977 over on YouTube. This ... thing -- featuring one of the longest, most drawn-out voiceovers in history -- is a piece of work to say the least. I was practically left speechless after watching it, and that rarely happens. Not only does it stay away from John Williams' classic score, but the material featured in the voiceover sounds like it was written by a 10 year-old trying to convince his teacher that he read a book when, in reality, he lost it on the bus. I mean, do lines like, "A story about a boy, a girl and a universe" make any sense whatsoever?

Granted, we're going all the way back to 1977 here (the year I was born), but you're telling me this was the best that 20th Century Fox could come up with at the time? "A big, sprawling space saga of rebellion and romance?" Seriously? "It's an epic of heroes, and villains, and aliens from a thousand worlds?" What does that even mean? Who came up with this stuff? I have to say, if this is what they were using to get people into theaters, I'm surprised Star Wars went on to sell any tickets at all, let alone go down as one of the greatest movies in history. Nevertheless, these old, grimy trailers are fun to watch ... if only to compare them to the trailers playing today. My, how far we've come in thirty years ...

[via Movie City Views]