10 Incredibly Misleading Movie Trailers

Thanks to Hollywood marketing geniuses, some trailers are nothing like the films they’re supposedly previewing. We dug up some of the worst.

By Ky Henderson

Movie trailers are liars.

If they’re not using the only two funny scenes to make you think the entire movie is funny, or splicing scenes together to misrepresent the movie, they’re using scenes that don’t even make it into the movie. The New York Times once ran an entire story about how many scenes in the National Treasure: Book of Secrets trailer weren’t in the finished film. (We expect more from Nic Cage.)

Why do the suits who market movies create misleading trailers? Because they’ll do anything to convince suckers like us to shell out for a ticket.

Okay, not all trailers are bogus … but these 10 sure are. Read on to find out why. And since this is the Internet, we’re contractually obligated to say this: Spolier alert.

TAGS: Bill Murray, Bruce Willis, Eddie Murphy, Lost In Translation, movie trailers

 

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Courtney Speer (Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:28:00 +0000): Well Sweeney Todd is a musical...people sing almost constantly in musicals...
Shawn Luke Cornell (Fri, 17 Jun 2011 18:46:46 +0000): If all movies were pitched in a literal context then nobody would take a directors artistic journey, and consumers with a jaded stark view would realize how limited their options are. I believe there are plenty of sensationalized or aspect driven pitches to the masses in order to nail a key demographic audience. Misleading trailers aren't just simply there for the sake of livelihood, I think they are there to pull in overhead box office figures at the expense of a little truth bending.
Andrew Andrini (Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:43:08 +0000): how in hell did I get here...
Kala Taylor (Sun, 19 Jun 2011 20:20:49 +0000): Whatt
Courtlan McDougall (Mon, 20 Jun 2011 12:37:23 +0000): Wĭ̶͈͈̺̥ͮḽ̡̺̜̾͊̌͊l I ge̲͟t͑̅͒̈̏́ͅ over̶̘̤̭̦̱͑ͤ̓ ͇͕̪ͨͩͧ̏̑̀9͓̺̭̯̥͗͊0̱̞̣̬͍̜̩̀ͨ͛0̙­¬̗ͧͧ̓ͮ̎0͂ͤ̓̓͊͟ thum̷̪̾̅̽ͣ̒̅ͮb̵̫̺̦̙̻̦̊ͣ̄́ͪ̈́ͮs­¬͙͎̦̤̉̃ ̰̹̟̼̮̖̹̅ͤͤư̮͉p if I ẅ̢̭͕̦͖́̈́ͩ̿ͥ͂̽ȓ̨͔͒̀ǐ̩͉̙͕̜̩̉ͮ̌t­¬e S̨̀̃̌̈́̉̆̈́̚͡҉̨̝̬̩̠̥̞͍̪͙̦̯̰͕̮̺­¬k̓̇͗̒͒̆ͮ͋ͦ̐̒ͩͫ͆͋̚͞͏̩̼̦̙̰r͛̈́͛­̆¬̾ͦͬ̋̂̋͌̿̋̽̐̚͟͟҉͏̶̙͎̳̜̤̫i̸̧̨̘­͉͚¬͎͚̥̯͕̻̤̽ͥͮ̏͠l͒̀͐ͯ̌̓̽ͫͤ̓̈ͣ͐ͯ­̀͏̴¬̺̝͈̖̞̥̦̣̲̯͉̦̱̙͚͙͞ͅl̬̻̞̘͎̭̤­̜͉̺̤¬̲̠̈̅̇ͮͮ̚̕ͅe̴̡̛͉̤͕̰̱̘͚̝̮̘̹­̯̮̠̠͉¬̯͛̎ͯ́͊̀̚ͅx̴̶̦̣͉̭͇̗͙̻̬͈̰̺­͖̿̌͆̾̅¬ͭ̈͐̚͜͡?
Armands Skutelis (Tue, 21 Jun 2011 10:13:41 +0000): like... no sh*t Sherlock :)
OwNz Ya All (Tue, 21 Jun 2011 13:13:06 +0000): where am I? lol
Ernest Buffington (Tue, 21 Jun 2011 17:02:41 +0000): how did I get here?
Sabrina Lovejoy (Wed, 22 Jun 2011 10:18:07 +0000): i no right
Dries Deryckere (Wed, 22 Jun 2011 13:50:27 +0000): the fuck
Angela Botticelli (Thu, 23 Jun 2011 04:58:48 +0000): Ok so does no one realize that Bridge To Taribithia was a book and a movie before it was a movie? Guess what? All of them end with death!
Joanna Bostwick Backman (Thu, 23 Jun 2011 19:17:14 +0000): looks like half the other trash they peddle these days under the guise of "entertainment." please, I could make movies like this and I don't know the first thing about making movies. we are living in a society that craves instant entertainment with no visible quality or promise, quick fixes and, obviously, movies that are cranked out for $45.00 over a weekend in Grandma's backyard.
Krystal Bernhardt (Sat, 25 Jun 2011 17:17:07 +0000): well... sweeny todd is a musical, so singing is to be expected, and bridge to terebithia is based on a book, so maybe you should read it....
Mikey Keiller (Sat, 25 Jun 2011 18:49:39 +0000): what's this got to do with what I clikked on?
Shawn Luke Cornell (Sat, 25 Jun 2011 20:37:42 +0000): They started it, lol xD
Jenny Taylor (Mon, 27 Jun 2011 17:24:01 +0000): why when you click on a link of a picture does it bring up something else? stupid F$%^ing sites.
Natalie Bouzein (Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:23:43 +0000): WHY AM I HERE? O.o
Shelby Sweden (Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:54:54 +0000): It's funny because most of these movies were books first, if you didn't know what was happening before you saw the trailer, chances are you would have either been disappointed or excited about what you were seeing. Not only that but Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet St. was a well known play (not always the most loved, but you get the point) in England. It wasn't something new by any means.
Shelby Sweden (Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:56:20 +0000): it's also funny that the picture had harry potter's Hermione on the front and there was not one trailer of and of the Harry Potter movies. Brilliant jerks
Itia Dowdell (Wed, 29 Jun 2011 04:28:19 +0000): Yes! THANK YOU! These idiots who made this article were apparently too stupid to realize this. At least someone else realized that.
Honor Harrison (Wed, 29 Jun 2011 19:31:36 +0000): what this isn't what I clicked on? ={
(Thu, 30 Jun 2011 06:18:22 +0000): One that they missed was Holy Man, trailer makes it out to be a slapsticky Eddie Murphy movie. Yes it has a lot of funny in it, but the storyline is more introspective and very spiritual.
Nicole Kindnerski (Thu, 30 Jun 2011 06:23:02 +0000): While I agree that these movies suck, I doubt you could make anything better. If you really don't care about crap like this, why spend your time commenting about it and looking down on people who do like this stuff?
Joanna Bostwick Backman (Fri, 01 Jul 2011 22:00:59 +0000): uh, i believe that right is promised in the Constitution of These United States, Miss Nicole. you might give it a look see between Adam Sandler movies
Damian Bohan (Sat, 02 Jul 2011 15:08:20 +0000): I dont know but when you find out can you let me know because im here to.
Evonne Jansen (Sun, 03 Jul 2011 04:16:50 +0000): Ditto. Where the hell is the exit?
Stanny Hulse (Sun, 03 Jul 2011 18:08:58 +0000): DAMLOL.COM you have failed me again!
Jason Alberti (Mon, 04 Jul 2011 20:48:45 +0000): death ? u like death
Brandon Traviss (Tue, 05 Jul 2011 14:21:33 +0000): i got here from a liveleak video.. dont click pictures saying stuff.. they lead you to shit
Ivy Sann-mcelrath (Wed, 06 Jul 2011 16:06:38 +0000): surprising
Peter Schon (Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:09:30 +0000): i wanna download a fuckin Deep Purple album and i get...what the fuck?
Jonathan Haber Petersen (Wed, 06 Jul 2011 23:18:52 +0000): Hey guys.. I think we are trapped forever :-(
Matt Ash (Thu, 07 Jul 2011 01:27:19 +0000): Who cares about america and it's "constitution" crap? its just a bloody lump a dirt covered in people with anoying accents who are too lazy to spell 'colour' and 'through' correctly. nicole might not even be from america
Armando Marchetti (Thu, 07 Jul 2011 21:41:54 +0000): You forgot the trailer (not the teaser) of Lady In The Water… it made the movie look like an horror flick :)
Andreas Clausen (Sat, 09 Jul 2011 01:07:14 +0000): asdfmovie! Desmond the moonbear!
Adan BlinBlin (Sat, 09 Jul 2011 04:07:06 +0000): Shit happens
Ricky Johansson (Sat, 09 Jul 2011 12:33:19 +0000): fu
Erick Darklord-Abyss Vega (Sun, 10 Jul 2011 14:21:13 +0000): to Matthew Ash are u in america? have been out side of america? if yes to the first and no to the second then stfu... go to afghanistan or some other 3rd world country and see how they life day by day b4 u start talkin shit like that iight son? so think bout that b4 u start talkin...
DonDavid Gonzalo Vila Cruz (Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:28:07 +0000): im...lost where am i?
Gigi Gc (Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:07:21 +0000): lol lost in web space.
Talia Parsons (Mon, 11 Jul 2011 14:13:29 +0000): Uh...this article was published by Cracked.com well over 8 months ago
Brett Duevalle (Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:31:01 +0000): The bucket list is another movie with a missleading trailer.
Zoe Tefft (Mon, 11 Jul 2011 22:02:36 +0000): Thid is not harry potter.
Sam Hansen (Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:53:07 +0000): How did I get from seeing a sequel blooper to this!
Kirsty Small (Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:48:13 +0000): I have no idea.
Adam J. Bodine (Thu, 14 Jul 2011 20:25:22 +0000): I tried to look at movie mistakes and more or less got rick rooled.
Sarkis Champion Sarkisian (Fri, 15 Jul 2011 13:42:22 +0000): Eat shit!
Fraser O'Donnell (Fri, 15 Jul 2011 19:44:09 +0000): wtf this is the eightenth time I ended up here.
Chris Stehlik (Fri, 15 Jul 2011 22:47:44 +0000): And just like the trailers, the image to this article lied. It featured a scene from Iron Man, which is not one of the trailers featured in this article, instead they choose films from 1999(12 years ago!), that few people remember. But the ads on the sides got displayed which made the site money from the suckers that chose to buy them and that's was seems to be important. Quality content be dammed.
Bailey Renée Downard (Sun, 17 Jul 2011 17:23:15 +0000): This is a private website, which the Constitution does not protect. Try actually knowing your facts before being one of those stupid people that cry First Amendment all the time.
Andreas Clausen (Sun, 17 Jul 2011 19:35:19 +0000): Eat rainbows!
Gert Neurink (Sun, 17 Jul 2011 19:45:10 +0000): Eat unicorns that shit out rainbows!
Celina Lee (Sun, 17 Jul 2011 21:17:37 +0000): Dude I thought this was supposed to have something related to harry potter.
Steven Thompson (Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:14:19 +0000): :D
Luke Reeves (Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:38:26 +0000): I'm scared i don't know where I am.
Julia Elisabeth Gehman (Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:20:38 +0000): it was a musical created by stephan soundheim years before that on broadway. doesnt matter if it was published 8 months ago. the people who wrote this article are idiots for not knowing.
Jodie-Lily Barnett (Wed, 20 Jul 2011 15:30:18 +0000): why the fuck have you (sarkis ) got to say that when all someone said was simply, 'how did i get here' get a fucking life you dick.
Carlie Marie Wells (Wed, 20 Jul 2011 20:15:57 +0000): no thanks
Sarkis Champion Sarkisian (Wed, 20 Jul 2011 21:39:13 +0000): We insist.
Andreas Clausen (Wed, 20 Jul 2011 21:53:53 +0000): Indeed!
Mollie Miller (Fri, 22 Jul 2011 05:35:53 +0000): plus, the trailer said exactly what was going to happen. except for the cannibalism
David Jackson (Fri, 23 Sep 2011 04:13:11 +0000): Yea, cause everyone on the internet is American. Also, Nicole was taking issue with your attitude and, quite rightly, questioning your movie making abilities. What does the first amendment have to do with it? It's not like she called the cops on you. Also, I'd bet that you couldn't even make a move with half the quality of Norbit if you spent your entire life learning how to make movies. One of more substance, sure. But there is a great deal of skill and art that goes into making even bad movies. Too bad it's not put to better use.
Jamie Thomas Flower (Mon, 28 May 2012 23:43:48 +0000): I didn't find the Ice Storm trailer to be misleading at all. How was the trailer light-hearted?
Blandy Buchanan (Wed, 10 Apr 2013 04:28:31 +0000): Incredibly Annoying Website Tactic: Posting articles/blog posts with lists, but having every item of the list on a different page in order to get 10 extra pageviews on one post.
Janet Harding (Sat, 21 Dec 2013 06:15:25 +0000): never even heard of Ice Storm was it a big flop.
Jennifer Lynn Schillig (Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:07:31 +0000): Well, the thing is, the very first trailer gave no indication that it WOULD be a musical for those who weren't in the know. I mean, we musical theater geeks knew about it, but newcomers wouldn't from that first trailer. Even the second one only had a brief shot of Sweeney singing. It seems to mirror Tim Burton's approach to the movie when he cut all choral singing...he almost seemed a little afraid of its musical-ness.

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