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Old 09-12-14, 07:22 PM
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Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

in deference to RichC2's thread...

i was wondering what are some of the terrible trailers for decent to good movies or movies you were surprised you liked based on the trailer? and actual trailer posts would be awesome!
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

When I went to see The River Wild there was a terrible trailer for Pulp Fiction. I was already anticipating PF after being a big fan of Reservoir Dogs and I remember being really disappointed, thinking, "Oh no, it looks terrible."

I've never seen this version of the trailer since. My theory is it was a trailer sloppily cut together by Alliance Atlantis, the company that distributed Pulp Fiction in Canada.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

Most of Fight Club's trailers, but especially the one that was part of a collection of trailers with Jodi Foster's The King and I.

Also, Drive. It made people think it was going to be a Fast & Furious movie, pissing off FF fans who went to see it and making people like me avoid it.
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Master and Commander-a great movie that was sold as a Gladiator on water. Once you realized what you were watching , it was good. However, one had to get past the fact that it was not, in fact, a high seas Gladiator.

Edge of Tomorrow- trailers had me wanting to avoid the movie, glad I listened to reviews and people on this board.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

This one still cracks me up


^If you've seen the movie, it's actually a very slow-moving character study. But holy shit, that trailer makes it look like a Michael Bay film.

And I'll never forget a TV spot I saw for Boyz N The Hood that made it look like a House Party sequel.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

I thought Edge of Tomorrow was a much better film than the trailer let on.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

The American is a great slow-burn character study. The trailer makes it look like a Bourne knockoff.

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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

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The American is a great slow-burn character study. The trailer makes it look like a Bourne knockoff.

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this is a good one. i had no desire to see it from trailers. boy, was i glad i finally did!!
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

I believe I missed The American. Need to put that in the Netflix queue.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

I thought Dredd looked terrible...
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

The trailer for Magic Magic (2013) looked awful, especially the scenes with Michael Cera. However, the movie wasn't really all that bad (not a masterpiece either). And once you watch the movie you'll understand Cera's character better and why he is acting that way.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

John Carter: A fun pulp adventure film set on Mars, yet this trailer made it seem like a somber period romance set in New Mexico (with spaceships). Andrew Stanton really shot himself in the foot with the ad campaign.

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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

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The trailer for Magic Magic (2013) looked awful, especially the scenes with Michael Cera. However, the movie wasn't really all that bad (not a masterpiece either). And once you watch the movie you'll understand Cera's character better and why he is acting that way.
He's a creep in the movie, but he's almost comically creepy in the trailer. I still don't know what I think of that movie.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

L.A. Confidential.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

Originally Posted by joe_b View Post
John Carter: A fun pulp adventure film set on Mars, yet this trailer made it seem like a somber period romance set in New Mexico (with spaceships). Andrew Stanton really shot himself in the foot with the ad campaign.

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They attempted to be too artsy with the trailer.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

I wouldn't exactly call it a "surprisingly good movie" since it's Soderbergh at his peak, but Out of Sight has an amazingly bad trailer. I remember when I saw it on the DVD supplements when the movie came out some 15 years ago (back when I actually watched the supplements) I posted in this forum that I thought monkeys with scissors could have cut a better trailer from that movie. I still feel that way.

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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

Yes, Out of Sight trailer was garbage, too.
Old 09-14-14, 03:22 PM
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

The John Carter trailer makes it seem like it's geared toward fans of the book. They relied way too much on that, actually.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

I fucking LOVED John Carter.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

There are people here who actually see movies off trailers they thought sucked? So what inspired you to see the flicks then? Reading one of these review threads?
Old 09-14-14, 04:59 PM
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

I see plenty of trailers that look mediocre at best, but then reviews and forum threads convince me otherwise. It's why I vote for Spoiler tags in review threads.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

Although not a theatrical trailer, this actual promo for Batman Begins for when it was shown on the ABC Family channel is so misleading that it seems like one of those online spoof trailers that change the tone of real movies:

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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

^lol. Great find!

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There are people here who actually see movies off trailers they thought sucked? So what inspired you to see the flicks then? Reading one of these review threads?
As for my pick, I first discovered that movie while channel-surfing through one of the cable channels and (Since this was long before I had got my first DVR) I netflix'd the DVD to see the movie in it's entirety.
Since those were the days when I checked out every feature on a DVD, I gave the trailer a look and had a big "WTF?" look on my face.
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Re: Terrible trailers for surprisingly good movies?

Haha, that Batman Begins trailer reminds me of the TBS ads for LOTR, but it seems not intentional.

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There are people here who actually see movies off trailers they thought sucked? So what inspired you to see the flicks then? Reading one of these review threads?
Usually the movie getting good buzz. More esoteric stuff can be harder to market.

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