14 movie trailers misled the audience

Movie studios sure love doing bait and switch.

I suppose it’s hard to market a movie. You should create trailers that give enough to interest the masses, but don’t give away very Far from spoiling the movie. And of course, you have to accurately represent the movie, right?

Well sometimes in order to reach a wider audience and make the most money, production companies completely forget about the last ones completely, and make the wrong trailers…

Sometimes, they create trailers that suggest the movie is a completely different genre or has an entirely different tone. Or they take scenes or quotes out of context and make up a false narrative. Or, even worse, they’re only filming new scenes for the trailer, all without the intention of putting them in the movie.

This happens a lot, and with some big movies too. Here are 14 examples of movies with highly misleading trailers:


edge of tomorrow (2014)

Warner Bros. Pictures

This is a great example of how a trailer sometimes fails to capture the tone or spirit of a movie, effectively alienating its audience. The trailer makes it look like edge of tomorrow It is dark, sad, generic, and devoid of any humor. Of course, after a few minutes into the movie, you can already tell that’s not the case.

This movie is fun and unique. Everyone is doing pretty well, including that of Bill Paxton (who, for some reason, is completely underrated in the trailer, reduced to a line or two of what looks like Grand dialogue, although it perfectly polishes it in the movie).


Jennifer’s body (2009)

Twentieth Century Studios

This might be seen as a basic feminist horror movie Currentlybut when Jennifer’s body First released, the marketing made it look like it was going to be a kind of exploitative, erotic, teen porn movie.

The film makers were very upset when they saw how their film was being marketed. Karen Kusama, the film’s director, told him BuzzFeed News One marketing idea was for Megan Fox to “host an amateur porn site to promote the movie.” She and the writer, Diablo Cody, reached out for an explanation of the misleading marketing, and received the blunt email response: “Jennifer is sexy, you stole your friend.”


leader (2011)

District movie

leader It was marketed as fast and angryAn action movie, but it’s actually more of a modern noir movie. So when a Michigan woman saw the movie, she complained that it actually had “too little driving” and “beared too little resemblance to a stalking or race-action movie.” Naturally, Filed a lawsuit against the distributor.

A better marketing campaign would have been a two-and-a-half-minute trailer of uncut shots of Ryan Gosling driving his 73 Chevy Malibu at night through a neon-lit city listening to “real heroBy Electric Youth. But that’s just me.


Eternal sunshine for a clean mind (2004)

Universal Pictures

I suppose the marketing team for this movie was trying to get to Jim Carrey liar liar fans or something like that. I mean, the trailer for that movie makes it sound like a goofy comedy, and it feels happy, but it’s…um, you know, it’s not that. It does not quite fit into one specific type; It’s kind of romance and kind of drama and science fiction elements comedy. But it’s definitely an *emotional* and existential look at relationships, memories, and pain.


Bridge to Terabithia (2007)


The trailer for this movie is not only misleading, it’s also not very good. It doesn’t reveal anything about the plot or the characters, and it’s hard to even focus on less than two minutes Because it’s basically just random snapshots of a forest with CGI objects in it. The actual film, based on the novel of the same name, centers around the story of a young boy named “Jess” who, while struggling with his father, his family’s lack of money, and bullying at school, forms a close friendship. With the new girl at school, and shortly thereafter, she has to deal with her own death. There are scenes set in the CGI-filled jungle (named Terabithia), of course, but the movie”Much more rooted in reality than fiction. “


Fast times at Ridgemont High (1982)

Universal Pictures

trailer for fast times It boasts a movie about “everything you always wanted to do in high school with everyone you always wanted to do with them.” Seems like a slapstick sex comedy in context Porky or animal house. It also introduces four supporting characters as if they were the protagonists of the novel.

However, the actual movie is more of a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl named Stacey (not even mentioned in the trailer) and her exploration of sexuality. It depicts a more realistic view of sexuality than normal teenage sex in the ’80s, and also includes “Low-key and authenticThe abortion scene.


jack kangaroo (2003)

Warner Bros. Pictures

Marketing for jack kangaroo Present it as a fun kid’s movie about a talking kangaroo. Soon after the movie was released, it was clear that the movie wasn’t what it seemed to be. critics even Parents warn Not bringing their children to watch it, as it was “too rude, violent and offensive to younger viewers”.

It turns out that Kangaroo Jack was originally More mature film With “a lot of swearing” and “a lot of sex”. After poor test screenings, the filmmakers edited it into what they thought was appropriate for children. They really played the side of the kangaroo too, even though he’s barely in the movie and he doesn’t truly accident. The part in the trailer where he talks (and raps) is just a dream sequence.


catfish (2010)

Universal Pictures

Marketing Documentary 2010 catfish It is suggested that the film is a horror. The trailer basically shows a found horror movie – a group of friends, happy and smiling, pack their filmmaking gear, go on a road trip, discover something is wrong, check, and eventually, things get chaotic. There’s even a quote from a critic in the trailer who compared the film to Hitchcock’s films.

While catfish Suspenseful, it is far from terrifying. The movie was released in the midst of the found footage era, just a few years later supernatural activity And the Cloverfieldand two years before that Chronicle. Either the marketing team wanted to attract that kind of audience, or they deliberately misled us in order to replicate what happens to the filmmakers in the documentary. Either way, it worked. The film was a critical and commercial success, and even launched a television series of the same name.


red eye (2005)

DreamWorks Pictures

advertisements red eye They were all intentionally misleading… at first. Each movie trailer begins as Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy have a sweet encounter at the airport, with music and dialogue making it sound like a romantic comedy. The tone changes quickly when they board the plane and Murphy’s character reveals that he is actually a villain, and this movie is actually a thriller. But that’s not why the movie is on this list, because even though we were misled at first, we finally got to tell the truth.

red eye It’s included in this list because in one specific trailer, after the big evil reveal, the marketing team decided to digitally change Cillian Murphy’s eyes to a glowing red, suggesting that this is actually a supernatural horror movie. it’s not; It’s a thriller about a local terrorist (Murphy) who blackmails a hotel manager (McAdams) into shifting the hotel room of the US Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, in order to assassinate him. Normal human eyes don’t glow red, so it’s an interesting choice for a movie about normal humans.


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2006)

Warner Bros. Pictures

When the trailer was first released for Sweeney ToddI’m sure a lot of Stephen Sondheim’s fans were confused. Trailer, even print adsHe didn’t say this was a musical. There are a few seconds in the middle of the trailer where Johnny Depp is singing kind of talk, but given that this movie is almost entirely made up of singing, it looks like the marketing team took the very small dialogue out of the movie, pushed it into the trailer, and tried to pass this off as Tim Burton Slasher.

So, of course, typical horror fans were furious when they sat in theaters and realized what they had just bought tickets for. people out theaters and Complaints have been submitted To the Trade Standards Agency and the Advertising Standards Agency. The Sweeney Todd The catastrophe is seen asOne of the biggest bait-and-switch marketing schemes in movie history. “


black christmas (2006)

Twentieth Century Studios

The trailer for this horror movie featured scenes that weren’t in the movie. This isn’t common, especially when the movie hasn’t finished its final edits. Unfortunately, this was not the case with black christmas. production company Completely new scenes shotspecifically for use in the trailer.

was the director Distributors called and asked If they could do some “extra shots for TV ads – trinkets and stuff”. Instead, they added a new character, a scene that includes a hand spiking out of the frozen ice, and Michelle Trachtenberg holding a gun and saying “Happy Birthday, you damn!” So, we (and the director) totally lied.


Predators (2010)

Twentieth Century Studios

When the fans went to see Predators In theaters, they were expecting a scene in which Adrien Brody’s character is covered in 15 laser targets, likely from 15 different Predator, as shown in the trailer. However, in the actual movie, there is a single laser target on it from a single Predator. The shot is identical, except for the number of lasers, so this was clearly a tactic added to the trailer just to get people talking, thus getting more ticket sales.

Yes, this seems to be a cheat on a smaller scale compared to the others on this list, but that shot from the trailer set certain expectations. And when the movie failed to meet those expectations, The crowd felt deceived. So even if they liked the movie, they sure left the stage with a bad taste in their mouths.


The Fantastic Four (2015)

Twentieth Century Studios

This movie was produced by Problems from the start. During the filming, the producers rewrote the script and completely changed the ending. After that, 20th Century Fox demanded an intensive re-shooting. So it’s no surprise that marketing can be a big mess, too.

After much studio involvement, we’re left with a trailer Full of From the scenes that Did not reach the final cut from the movie. That was later open that “even the most common image of the object, drawn up by the studio, did not appear in the final product.”

You can see what scenes from the trailer are not cut over here.


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

paramount pictures

. original theatrical trailer Ferris Bueller Apparently we are shown two brothers we didn’t even know Ferris had. In the movie, we are introduced to Jenny, Ferris’ younger sister, but he was originally Another younger sister and a younger brother.

This is definitely the least divisive on this list, and in the grand scheme of things, I’m sure people didn’t leave the stage insane (except maybe the actors whose scenes were clipped).

Have you ever been misled by a movie trailer? if so; which of these? Let us know in the comments!

Leave a Comment