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Eudoxia
11-03-2010, 02:07 AM
I honestly hate it when I see a movie trailer on television and it looks really amazing, but when I go to see it in theaters I just wasted $10 on a really crappy movie. For instance, Bridge to Terabithia. When I first saw the trailer, I thought maybe this was going to be a magical adventure like Narnia with these two kids as the main characters. Instead I get two unhappy kids that have an extreme imagination and they briefly imagine their life in an alternate world.

Same thing happened with Sweeney Todd. Trailer Impression: Gothic tale of revenge where Johnny Depp plays a barber who sings in a dream sequence. Sounded like a good movie to me.
Movie Impression: Gothic tale of revenge where Johnny Depp plays a barber and does nothing but sing and kill. Seriously. There are a few brief moments of ACTUAL talking before he just goes back to singing. I was nearly ripping my hair out in frustration at the money I wasted.

There are plenty more other movie trailers out there that looked cool, but the movie was a piece of crap. If this isn't already clear enough, movie trailers lie to you. Save your money people.

Zoombie
11-03-2010, 02:15 AM
And sometimes they don't. Inception presented a film that was basically Psychonaughts meets Dark City. SO when I watched it...and got Psychonaughts meets Dark City, I was pretty satisfied.

Or how about Iron Man's trailer! That promised a rocking good time with Robert Downy Jr...and that's just what it was.

Really, I can't think of many trailers I've seen that have been THAT misleading, beyond Sweene Todd annnnnnddd Jarheads. Jarheads was not what I thought it'd be from the trailer at all.

<shrugs>

It happens. Think of it as a continual struggle between prey and predator. You didn't lose money! You're evolving more effective defense mechanisms!

maestrowork
11-03-2010, 02:30 AM
Same thing happened with Sweeney Todd. Trailer Impression: Gothic tale of revenge where Johnny Depp plays a barber who sings in a dream sequence. Sounded like a good movie to me.
Movie Impression: Gothic tale of revenge where Johnny Depp plays a barber and does nothing but sing and kill. Seriously. There are a few brief moments of ACTUAL talking before he just goes back to singing. I was nearly ripping my hair out in frustration at the money I wasted.


Um... the musical has been around for a while now. I don't think the trailer was misleading. I think you didn't understand what kind of story and musical it was. :)

My gripe: NEVER LET ME GO. The trailer made it look like some sweeping romantic drama a la Atonement. Yes, I've read the book and expected something grand. The movie was dull, dreary, and slow. And not very sweeping or romantic.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps... Don't even get me started on this one. The trailer makes it sound like Michael Douglas and Shia Lebeouf are both protagonists and they were together in something. The real story turned out to be NOTHING of that sort. Michael Douglas wasn't even a major character.

maestrowork
11-03-2010, 02:36 AM
And sometimes they don't. Inception presented a film that was basically Psychonaughts meets Dark City. SO when I watched it...and got Psychonaughts meets Dark City, I was pretty satisfied.

Or how about Iron Man's trailer! That promised a rocking good time with Robert Downy Jr...and that's just what it was.

By and large most trailers do their job well. I don't actually mind if they hyped the movie too much -- it's their job. I also don't mind if the trailer is vague -- as long as it entices me to go see the movie. What I mind is if they tell me the story and plot twists. PLEASE, at least that saves me from going if I already know the whole plot! Also, if the trailer says one thing, and the movie turns out to be something completely different. It doesn't happen a lot, but sometimes it does.

Zoombie
11-03-2010, 04:01 AM
Oh man, Dark City's trailer was vague as hell, and I made me really really want to watch the film.

I too also hate it when the movie is in the trailer. See Charlie St. Cloud.

Ugh. That trailer gave me diabetes just watching it.

Calla Lily
11-03-2010, 04:13 AM
Zoombie, Charlie St. Cloud was exactly the movie I thought of too! Gack.

Kitty Pryde
11-03-2010, 04:14 AM
When I first saw the Bridge To Terabithia trailer, I thought to myself, whoa, seems like they took out all the misery and tragic death and mourning, and made a film out of the ten upbeat pages of the novel! But no, and thousands of traumatized small children can attest to the terrible job they did marketing that movie.

maestrowork
11-03-2010, 04:24 AM
And speaking of traumatized children.... What about The Last Airbender...

And Where the Wild Things Are. I heard some children say they were going to slit their wrists after seeing that movie...

Calla Lily
11-03-2010, 04:58 AM
Remember Jim Carrey's The Mask? I think it was rated PG-13. In the climactic scene, where the bad guy puts on the mask and turns into super-scary bad guy, a small child (~3 years old) down in front started shrieking. The parents let it shriek for a century (2 minutes, maybe) till they apparently decided that it shold be taken away from the HUGE FREAKY SCARY MONSTER on the screen.

And the trailer was all about cute, cartoony Jim Carrey.

Stlight
11-03-2010, 05:00 AM
But but the book Where the Wild Things Are was so good.

Guess it was just as well we missed that movie. sigh.

veinglory
11-03-2010, 05:09 AM
I loved the movie 'Hereafter' but it is not at all what I expected based on the trailers. Instead of dark/actiony/paranormal it is literary, braided storyline with upbeat tone.

Toothpaste
11-03-2010, 05:09 AM
I find the OP's post quite amusing in that those are two very famous works that when I saw the trailers for them I was very concerned the directors had ruined the original spirit by changing them into what I saw in the trailers, but I was much relieved to see the films and learn that they were quite decent adaptations of the source material. Clearly the OP and I had the totally opposite experiences. I also remember telling people with BRIDGE "That movie isn't fantastical, that's going to confuse people" and with SWEENEY "It's funny how they are glossing over the fact that this is a musical, almost an opera, that's going to shock some people" and lo and behold . . .the OP proves me right.

I'm sad you didn't enjoy the films as I think they are great interpretations of the original material which are wonderful works of art (the original BRIDGE book and SWEENEY play), but I can see why you were surprised :) .

Mac H.
11-03-2010, 05:24 AM
Same thing happened with Sweeney Todd. Trailer Impression: Gothic tale of revenge where Johnny Depp plays a barber who sings in a dream sequence. Sounded like a good movie to me.The trailer showed Johnny Depp singing in a gothic tale of revenge.

And the reality? The film was a gothic tale of revenge .. a musical. What more could they have done in the trailer to satisfy you? Put a big label on it: WARNING - MUSICAL ?

It was an adaptation of a very famous stage musical with the same name ! It would be like seeing a trailer for a film version of 'CATS' and then being disappointed that the film wasn't a documentary about 'Felis catus'.

Remember that for most movie-goers the trailers are only one part of the advertising they'll see - others include posters, reviews websites etc.

This has been used to good effect in deliberately misleading trailers - one trailer for the thriller 'Red Eye' was in the style of a romance ... up until the last 5 seconds of the trailer when it suddenly revealed itself to be a thriller ... it was very well done.


But yeah - there are some bad ones. There was one a while ago that looked like an 'inspirational teacher' movie like a 'Mr Chips' or 'Dead Poets Society'... but was actually about a paedophile teacher who was preying on his students.

I can't remember the name of it.

Mac

Calla Lily
11-03-2010, 05:43 AM
I've gotten into the habit of checking imdb when I see a trailer. They at least have a paragraph summary. For example, that new Disney movie that's out--the Rapunzel-sorta-maybe movie? We couldn't get a handle on the actual plot from the clever but disjointed trailer. imdb cleared that up.

I'm sorry to see that Hereafter isn't a paranormal. It looks like a six handkerchief film--which I avoid like the plague--but I would've risked that for a good paranormal.

darkprincealain
11-03-2010, 05:49 AM
The one that made me unable to function--though I loved the movie--was Volver. It seems like a silly, fun comedy from the trailer. It isn't nearly as sunny as the trailer makes out. Loved it, but not what I thought I was in for.

Eudoxia
11-03-2010, 05:55 AM
The trailer showed Johnny Depp singing in a gothic tale of revenge.

And the reality? The film was a gothic tale of revenge .. a musical. What more could they have done in the trailer to satisfy you? Put a big label on it: WARNING - MUSICAL ?

It was an adaptation of a very famous stage musical with the same name ! It would be like seeing a trailer for a film version of 'CATS' and then being disappointed that the film wasn't a documentary about 'Felis catus'.

Remember that for most movie-goers the trailers are only one part of the advertising they'll see - others include posters, reviews websites etc.

This has been used to good effect in deliberately misleading trailers - one trailer for the thriller 'Red Eye' was in the style of a romance ... up until the last 5 seconds of the trailer when it suddenly revealed itself to be a thriller ... it was very well done.


But yeah - there are some bad ones. There was one a while ago that looked like an 'inspirational teacher' movie like a 'Mr Chips' or 'Dead Poets Society'... but was actually about a paedophile teacher who was preying on his students.

I can't remember the name of it.

Mac

The trailer only showed one scene of him singing in the streets. A lot of other trailer movies have people singing in it. Like a mother singing a lullaby to her baby child. I never heard that Sweeney Todd was derived from a musical. I never bothered to research that when I saw a trailer of Johnny Depp singing in the street. I don't believe that they should put a label saying that this is a musical. Some trailers say that a certain movie was made from a "True Story" in between showings of scenes from the film. I guess I'm just a bit used to being told what kind of film it's going to be from the trailer. A small scene of him singing to people about revenge in a little dream sequence doesn't tell me much. I guess it all mostly depends on the viewers already known knowledge about the film. Whether it's a remake or derived from a musical. People who aren't really into musicals may not have known that this movie derived from one.

Eudoxia
11-03-2010, 06:03 AM
I don't usually do a lot of research on the trailers I see. A lot of different people make their reviews on it. Just like books. Some people may rate it a 5 or 4 star where as a few people who didn't enjoy the story may have rated it a 2 or 3 star. I started doing some research, but it didn't help me much. Especially with Daybreakers. Which, in my opinion, was a pretty ok movie. I never got a lot of information out of it. I'll have to give IMDB a try the next time I want to learn the plot-line of a movie. That would've been really useful when I went to see Clash of the Titans 2010 remake. The plot was completely changed which just displeased me.

Calla Lily
11-03-2010, 06:12 AM
That's all I use it for, Eudoxia--basic plot information. I don't want to waste $8.

Jcomp
11-03-2010, 03:57 PM
In defense of the Sweeney Todd complaint, I knew lots of people who were unfamiliar with the play and who didn't understand that the movie was a musical.

As for a misleading trailer. The Village. The Village The Village The Village. Audiences were sold on a horror that didn't exist.

MissMacchiato
11-03-2010, 04:57 PM
I agree that the Bridge to T was misleading, I'd read the book, found it deeply depressing, and seriously wondered whether I'd imagined reading the book at all after I saw the trailer.

I think the worst one I've experienced was 2 weeks notice. It's supposed to be a fluffy romantic comedy (and it was) but half of the trailer wasn't actually in the movie. And it was funnier than the stuff they left in.

I was so annoyed about that, since if the best part of the movie is in the trailer, it was grossly misleading to cut almost ALL the scenes that were in it from the movie.

Lyra Jean
11-03-2010, 05:24 PM
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who was misled by Terabithia. I threw something at the television I was so pissed off.

veinglory
11-03-2010, 05:39 PM
I'm sorry to see that Hereafter isn't a paranormal. It looks like a six handkerchief film--which I avoid like the plague--but I would've risked that for a good paranormal.

There is a strong paranormal element, it just isn't a genre-paranormal/horror/fantasy overall. And I doubt anyone in the audience cried at all. Some sad things happen but not in a melodramatic way. It's a good movie.

veinglory
11-03-2010, 05:41 PM
As for a misleading trailer. The Village. The Village The Village The Village. Audiences were sold on a horror that didn't exist.

I thought the trailers for that were good. The twist was rather the point?

randywrite
11-03-2010, 05:43 PM
I had the idea for a solution to this problem: I was going to start a website dedicated to people who've watched movie trailers and thought the movie would be great, but then found out that it wasn't.

The Website: www.burnedbythetrailer.com

There you could find a list of misleading trailers..........................
My 2 cents :D

Jcomp
11-03-2010, 05:47 PM
I thought the trailers for that were good. The twist was rather the point?

The movie abandons any semblance of "horror" well before the final twist. Even if the first "twist" is partly the point and it was effective for some people, it was still a blatantly misleading advertising campaign.

BenPanced
11-03-2010, 05:57 PM
I had the idea for a solution to this problem: I was going to start a website dedicated to people who've watched movie trailers and thought the movie would be great, but then found out that it wasn't.

The Website: www.burnedbythetrailer.com (http://www.burnedbythetrailer.com)

There you could find a list of misleading trailers..........................
My 2 cents :D
That site doesn't exist, according to the error message my browser brought up.

Grrarrgh
11-03-2010, 06:01 PM
This makes me think of my mom, who somehow, in her warped little head, decided that 300 was a documentary. :roll: She saw the trailers, and somehow still thought it was a documentary.

randywrite
11-03-2010, 06:07 PM
That site doesn't exist, according to the error message my browser brought up.

No that site doesn't exist. It was just an idea I had. One day I thought I would make the site....but I never did.

Sorry - I guess we could call my link: burnedbythelink_._com... Who knows maybe I should make such a site?

maxmordon
11-03-2010, 06:32 PM
My contribution, Little Miss Sunshine.

I deeply THOUGHT it was a light family comedy about a quirky family, you know, like something one would see in Disney Channel and boy, I was wrong.

maestrowork
11-03-2010, 07:28 PM
Oh, oh... Kick Ass. The trailer seriously makes it look like a fun, kid-friendly family superhero movie about kids.

NOPE.

It's bloody, gory, gruesome, and KICK-ASS. But it's not the point. The trailer is misleading for those who are not familiar with the source material. And there were plenty of upset parents who went with their kids, realized it was R-rated but already too late...

defcon6000
11-04-2010, 04:20 AM
My contribution, Little Miss Sunshine.

I deeply THOUGHT it was a light family comedy about a quirky family, you know, like something one would see in Disney Channel and boy, I was wrong.
I still love that film. You just have to replace the "light comedy" with "dark comedy". ;)

maestrowork
11-04-2010, 04:58 AM
I still love that film. You just have to replace the "light comedy" with "dark comedy". ;)

It's not that dark, really.

Now, Fargo is pretty dark.

jaksen
11-04-2010, 05:29 AM
As re. the Village, didn't you figure it out within the first five min? Or after watching the trailer?

Digression: I also did that with Shutter Island. I figured out the basic premise when DiCaprio is talking on the boat with his partner. (I came close to writing a spoiler here, but probably most people who wanted to see this movie already have.)

Anyhow, after I told my husband what was going to happen, he told me to shut up.

defcon6000
11-04-2010, 05:34 AM
It's not that dark, really.

You didn't think carting around grandpa's corpse in the back of the van was dark? O.O
And then there was the uncle who attempted suicide (offstage but still).

mario_c
11-04-2010, 07:51 AM
We get it, Manoj Shyamalan is a pox on filmmaking already. Anyway, two trailers that misrepresented the movies (but I understand why): The Road and The American. Two intensely dark, intimate and personal dramas sold as action thrillers. Hell, I went into The Road expecting Romero-esque apocalyptic action (no, I have not read the book yet). Personally I appreciated and liked both movies very much (saying I enjoyed them would be inaccurate...but two very worthy movies).
So why were they sold this way? Because no one with an education goes to movies - this is not me talking, this is how the people who decide what movies are made think. If you are over 24 years of age and female Hollywood could give a shit about you because they assume we don't go to the movies. (We do, we're just selective. :D) Only Mr McCarthy's double whammy Pulitzer/Oscar clout and the huge star power of Viggo and George Clooney made these movies possible, and they did OK financially in the long run, ironically. Hollywood doesn't like dramas at all - they allow for so called "chick flicks" because they're mostly very cheap to produce and do great financially. Gee, I wonder why?

Sorry, rant over. It just gets very old and depressing to see people not learn after enough time...

Wicked
11-15-2010, 02:38 AM
I'm glad I wasn't the only one who was misled by Terabithia. I threw something at the television I was so pissed off.

Yeah, I, sadly, was unfamiliar with it other than the movie trailer. Fortunately we rented it, so it wasn't as bad as plunking down $40 for a family of six at the theater.
Unfortunately we chose to rent it the night before my husband was to leave on a two year tour overseas. We were expecting a bit of family friendly fantasy. Sad and depressing were definitely not in the game plan.
When it was over, we all stared numbly at the TV. Then my oldest shook his head and looked at us, "Where did you get this movie? The "Old Yeller" section?".

trocadero
11-15-2010, 02:52 AM
JComp beat me to mine - The Village. I went to see it with a friend, believing it was a horror, along with a theater load of mostly teens who also believed the trailer and posters. I actually love The Village, but it missed its audience. That's the theme of the story though, I guess - things are not as they appear. Still, billing it as a horror caused problems.

Calla Lily
11-15-2010, 03:42 AM
Then my oldest shook his head and looked at us, "Where did you get this movie? The "Old Yeller" section?".

I love your oldest child.

AetherNyx
11-21-2010, 10:58 AM
The worst for me was The Last Airbender. I love all of M. Night's previous movies, and I looove love love the tv show, so I was expecting this to be a great movie. Was it? Nope. I could barely sit through it, but I made myself watch the whole thing. The acting, in my own opinion, was awful, they cut out so many good things from the show, the animation on Appa and Momo was flat out crappy, and I think the director could have found much better actors for the roles. The major one that pissed me off was Sokka, because 1. Sokka is supposed to be the comic relief, and he's hilarious in the show. 2. I can't stand Jackson Rathbone, thanks to Twilight. Zuko disappointed me as well, I don't think that role did the actor justice, because he did a great job in Slumdog Millionaire. So, I've completely lost the respect I had for Shyamalan, and I hope his next movie(s) is much better. Rant over.

Manuel Royal
11-21-2010, 06:33 PM
I thought the trailers for that [The Village] were good. The twist was rather the point?Well, there were two main twists. The first one was integral and satisfying; the second was effin' stupid and groan-inducing.

Another nod to the trailer for The Bridge to Terabithia for achievement in misdirection. I didn't see the movie, but knew the story well enough to know the trailer might lead to disappointed, possibly depressed youngsters and annoyed parents. (Unless they'd totally changed the story.)


We get it, Manoj Shyamalan is a pox on filmmaking already. Anyway, two trailers that misrepresented the movies (but I understand why): The Road and The American. Two intensely dark, intimate and personal dramas sold as action thrillers. Hell, I went into The Road expecting Romero-esque apocalyptic action (no, I have not read the book yet). Personally I appreciated and liked both movies very much (saying I enjoyed them would be inaccurate...but two very worthy movies).I wouldn't recommend reading The Road. Terrible writing; could be a McCarthy parody. (I get it; I see what he was going for; still sucks.) Pretty good movie, though. They just didn't know how to market it. "Unrelentingly hard and bleak" doesn't get people into the seats, whereas Viggo Mortensen in a gritty action film might. (I'm pretty sure it didn't much box office, though.)

Sometimes a misleading trailer leads to a nice surprise. Great, the example I had in mind has slipp'd the bonds of my aging cerebrum. I know I saw a trailer that made me expect a stupid, disjointed movie, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it was a good movie that just had a stupid, disjointed trailer. Soon as I can remember what movie it was, I'll hop back in here. For now, I'll just go sulk in my tent.

maestrowork
11-24-2010, 03:25 AM
The Next Three Days. The trailers/posters/etc. all say it's a fast-paced suspense-thriller. While there's certainly suspense or thrills, it's really a character-driven story about family. Much of the film is rather slow.