Surprise 8-Minute Trailer for Fincher's 'Dragon Tattoo' Being Screened

September 14, 2011

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Earlier this week I received a mysterious email alerting me that there was a screening of Rod Lurie's Straw Dogs remake on Wednesday night that I really needed to attend. I had no clue what to expect, but was surprised to find before the film an 8-minute long promo trailer for David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo featuring Trent Reznor's score and tons of stunning Fincher footage from the remake. The film's story is incredibly complex, based on Stieg Larsson's novels, and the full trailer introduces a lot of the characters and elements of that story before getting into flashes of scenes with a pounding score at the end.

We've already featured one trailer for this film a few months ago, but it was labeled a teaser and featured a badass version of "Immigrant Song." This new full-on 8-minute trailer for Dragon Tattoo features Trent Reznor's new score and starts with some incredibly moody, mysterious piano beats for most of it, before getting into a very energetic, intense score right near the end. If you loved his Oscar winning score for The Social Network, just wait until you hear this. There were also plenty of Fincher's amazingly sleek shots of Sweden and the various characters and locations involved in this intricate story, since it is clearly not just an Americanization of the novel. I'm already considerably excited for this movie, but this trailer was awesome.

My friend Jordan Raup from The Film Stage and I recorded a quick video blog after seeing this trailer, as we had so much to say (we're both Fincher fans) and needed to voice our opinions. Watch that video blog:

We were told that this 8-minute trailer is a very limited, very exclusive presentation, and it's only showing on early previews of Straw Dogs around the U.S. tonight and tomorrow, but not the full release of Straw Dogs this weekend. I'm not sure when it will end up online, but you can expect to hear a lot of buzz about this, as it's unprecedented to see a trailer that long nowadays and to have it be a complete surprise. Yes, we were told to go, and it has something to do with, the viral site for Dragon Tattoo found last week, but other than that we have no clue what else Sony/Columbia is planning for promotion, but they're definitely pulling some very intriguing twists to make it stand out in the winter awards line-up.

One of the best shots in the trailer included a sort of first reveal of Rooney Mara as the badass new Lisbeth Salander. Daniel Craig, as Mikael Blomkvist, says he needs someone to "help with the investigation" and we see Lisbeth, from behind, sitting down on the floor; the camera follows smoothly over the top of her head to show her face upside-down. It was unique and a brilliant Fincher shot. Also interesting to note, Mara speaks with a Swedish accent, and has her own unique hairdos and piercings separate from Noomi Rapace in the original films, which I've seen and enjoyed. It's interesting to see that his take is unique mostly in its tone, English-language, and his "Fincher-esque" shots/visuals, but not too much else including the location.

Suffice it to say, this was a hell of a trailer, and I wish I could see it again and share it with everyone (I can't wait to hear Reznor's full score, too). I totally love seeing a studio brave enough to release a trailer this long and this detailed for a film with this kind of content, it's smart and I'm sure will help build even more buzz. For now, check out the original teaser trailer and stay tuned for updates here and at

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I had a chance to go to a screening of Straw Dogs last night and passed it up for a screening of 50/50...Now I kind of wish I hadn't.

JC on Sep 15, 2011


what did you think of 50/50, cause I loved it!

Zachary Marsh on Sep 15, 2011


I missed tonight's screening for Straw Dogs here in central FL! 🙁

Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011


I think the trailer is only in certain cities, and Orlando isn't one of them. The closest is Miami. I tried to get a ticket through @MouthTapedShut on Twitter. Check out the web site, too.

allshookdown on Sep 15, 2011


Great update by the way! 

allshookdown on Sep 15, 2011


All the cities for where it will be tomorrow is listed on mouth-tapped-shut's twitter page. Just my luck that it isn't playing in Boston.

Mr.Blue on Sep 15, 2011


Terrible book = Terrible Movie

JT on Sep 15, 2011


THANK YOU. What a fantastic piece of shit that book is. It's original title was "Men Who Hate Women", which about sums the whole thing up. It's just the same old Childs/Grisham/Cornwell hackneyed crime story, with the added (and apparently very appealing) tinsel of women being repeatedly raped, tortured and beaten. Also, the main character is such an obvious projection of the authors ego it gets into territory that is close to (unintended) comedy at times. 

Lebowski on Sep 15, 2011


Echoes my father's thoughts exactly. I haven't even read the book but I asked my Dad if I should and he said it was terrible enough he quit reading about halfway through. He and I have almost exactly the same taste when it comes to books so I don't need to read it to know it's gonna be shit. The foreign version of this film was terrible and I know the US one will be too.

JT on Sep 15, 2011


You may not like the book... but the story, and the film, is pretty damn good. I really loved the first Swedish film, it's complex and intricate, Lisbeth is a badass character, I was very impressed watching it. Give the film a chance, don't just write it off because someone told you the book was bad.

Alex Billington on Sep 15, 2011


Great video blog, Alex! I just retweeted the MOUTHTAPEDSHUT Twitter for Chicago, and am anxiously awaiting to be contacted for Thursday Night's preview.

Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011


The only way to not make the movie suck is to not follow the book at all. I have seen the original film and it is not very good. The hacking is stupid and I thought Lisbeth character was poorly done. The characters just aren't realistic in the slightest. Also I fail to see how it was complex and intricate, the plot is contrived and very easy to follow.

JT on Sep 15, 2011


Exactly. For all her badassness, Lisbeth's major narrative role is to get fucked. Over and over again, against her will. I'm gonna go ahead and say that Stieg Larsson had some extreme and unresolved issues with his mother, and women in general. 

Lebowski on Sep 16, 2011


Yeah, the dude wrote an article about how he saw some young girl get raped and didn't do anything. What a piece of shit. Sure he feels bad about it now, but how can you watch a girl get gang-raped right in front of you. I have no respect for this moron and I hope all his movies and media fail.

JT on Sep 16, 2011


this looks horrible.

happy camper on Sep 15, 2011


I'm pretty sure there is a 3 part movie "trailer" out there already lol

Little Timmy on Sep 15, 2011


What exactly are you referring to? Not really sure, that doesn't make much sense...

Alex Billington on Sep 15, 2011


I think he means the original movies.

Dr A on Sep 15, 2011


Yeah. Saw it before the screening of Straw Dogs.

Tyler Bannock on Sep 15, 2011


I never thought I could be actually excited for this.

Davide Coppola on Sep 15, 2011


I didnt bother watching the video. Instead I was automatically distracted with the need to find a NAKATOMI TOWERS t-shirt.

Voice of Reason on Sep 15, 2011


 One of my favorite t-shirts! Like the OCP one I where, you either instantly get it or not, and those who do always smile. 🙂

Alex Billington on Sep 16, 2011


I may check out Straw Dogs just so that I can catch this trailer.  Sounds really cool.

Taylordigi on Sep 15, 2011


How was Straw Dogs, though? 😀

Mr. Foe on Sep 15, 2011


To be honest, I didn't even stay. Heard enough bad things and really didn't feel up for sitting through it at all, so we checked out right after the trailer showed. You can read all the buzz, apparently it wasn't that good at all. :/

Alex Billington on Sep 16, 2011


Straw Dogs was extremely boring until the ending when it got nice and bloody. Don't bother. Watch the Original instead.

Tyler Bannock on Sep 16, 2011


JT and Lebowski, you do know you both are in the minority on the books and films. I haven't read the books yet, but everyone I know who has said they were amazing. So far, I've only seen the films. I thought the first was great. Easily one of the best thrillers I have ever seen. And while the second and third weren't executed as stylishly, they were also way above average movies. And continued a great story.....

Film Fan on Sep 16, 2011


You do realize that people say that the Twilight films and books are amazing. Sorry, but popular perception does not make something good. Usually if it is this popular it means that it probably sucks because our current culture glorifies crap. The big problem I have with it, is it's extremely easy to see what is going to happen. Sure most normal people might not get it, but I have been reading thriller novels for years. There was NOTHING in the book or movies that was new and hasn't been done. Also if there is no suspense because it's so obvious where the plot is going, then you have failed as a writer and a movie maker.

JT on Sep 16, 2011


I thought the books--and the Swedish films--were very, very slow. The movies seemed kind of messily-done to me, and they weren't true to the book regarding a lot of aspects. I can't say the books were awful, but they're certainly not for everyone. I really think you need to give Fincher's film a chance, though. He's David Fincher. That has to count for something! There was an interview for the film that even said Fincher changed up the ending a bit. I think it could surprise you.

Reed on Oct 2, 2011


Hey Alex, I went to a screening of Moneyball last night and guess what was attached? Yes that's right, the 8 minute trailer. It's not just Straw Dohs fellas, it's every upcoming Sony release that's not aimed for kids. Good movie, though the trailer was better!

Film Wizard on Sep 16, 2011


Trent rules.. always has and always will

Tester on Sep 16, 2011

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