Movie studios sure love doing the ol’ bait and switch.
I assume it’s pretty difficult to market a movie. You have to create trailers that give just enough away to pique audiences’ interest, but not give too much away as to spoil the movie. And, of course, you have to accurately represent the film, right?
Well sometimes in order to reach a broader audience and make the most amount of money, production companies just completely forget about that last one, and make trailers that are just…wrong.
Sometimes, they create trailers that suggest a movie is an entirely different genre or has an entirely different tone. Or, they take out-of-context scenes or quotes and form a false narrative. Or, even worse, they shoot new scenes just for the trailer, all while having no intention of putting them in the movie.
This happens pretty often, and with some big movies too. Here are 14 examples of movies with very misleading trailers:
Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Kangaroo Jack (2003)
Red Eye (2005)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2006)
Black Christmas (2006)
Fantastic Four (2015)
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Have you ever been misled by a movie trailer? If so, which one? Let us know in the comments!