Awesome Movies That Had Awful Trailers

There’s no denying that trailers are important to a movie’s success. While some people try to avoid trailers in order to go into a movie completely blind, the vast majority judge a movie by its trailer and make their decision based on that first impression. Trailers can compel viewers to watch absolutely awful movies that look awesome on the surface…and, unfortunately, it works both ways.

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As a result, great movies sometimes get undermined by poorly edited, misleading, uninteresting trailers, or a combination of the three. It’s a shame because most people consider some great bits of cinema to be mere wastes of time when the truth is anything but. Luckily, the vast majority of these films still managed to succeed thanks to good reviews and word of mouth.


ten Conduct

It was hard to watch Conduct‘s trailer and don’t think it would be anything more than a scam from the Fast and Furious movies. However, the actual film turned out to be a deep and thought-provoking film with excellent characters.

The character development and direction present in Conduct is truly amazing, and it’s a shame that so many people wrote it based on its trailer alone. Viewers who decide to give Conduct another chance will be pleasantly surprised at how brilliant the film is.

9 How to train your dragon

Dreamworks is a company known for making great animated movies with generic, insulting trailers. Such was the case with How to train your dragonwhich looked like nothing more than a run-of-the-mill children’s movie if people only watched the trailers.

However, people who love the movie know that How to train your dragon is much more than what is conveyed in the trailers. It’s a coming-of-age story about coming of age and acceptance, with the film being an emotional and engaging roller coaster from start to finish.

8 kung fu panda

Another Dreamworks movie that received an awful trailer was kung fu panda. The film is a riot of laughter with an incredible message about self-acceptance and one of the best high points of any animated film.

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Unfortunately, the trailer did a horrible job of conveying its themes and made the film look like a generic action-comedy featuring anthropomorphic characters in a martial arts setting. Luckily, the film was a smash hit so most people came to appreciate its brilliance.

seven edge of tomorrow

edge of tomorrow is an incredible sci-fi action flick that sees a privileged Tom Cruise as Major William Cage, who is thrown to the front lines in a battle against aliens who can seemingly warp time itself. Bill experiences this and gains powers that allow him to start over the day he dies again and again trying to better himself.

It’s a compelling story, with Cage slowly becoming a skilled soldier and an admirable character. It helps that Emily Blunt is a really good lead in her own right and elevates the movie to a whole new level. Of course, none of this is conveyed in the trailer, which makes the movie look like a generic mechanical action movie without any draws.

6 Perfect

Perfect is a brilliant musical with a host of enjoyable characters and great writing. The issues the Barden Bellas face are pretty grounded and hilarious, which makes them quite relatable.

With the trailer, all that’s conveyed is that the movie has over-the-top comedy and the music isn’t even that important. It’s a shame, and luckily the movie wasn’t affected by the poor quality of its trailer.

5 The Lego Movie

Most people wrote off The Lego Movie before it even exists. After all, the general consensus was that this movie was simply meant to appeal to kids and would take a cautious approach, and the trailer only reaffirmed that notion by playing it a little too safe.

However, the actual release of the film surprised viewers with how smart and well-executed the film was. The Lego The brand had done a great job of making great video games before, so it was nice to see that their movie business had been a smash hit as well.

4 Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino movies have a long history of having mediocre trailers where the characters just say epic lines that lack substance without context. Of course, most people flock to theaters after hearing the phrase “Tarantino Movie,” so maybe those trailers don’t really need to go that far anyway.

Even then, the trailer for Inglourious Basterds was a whole other level of evil. The movie is scary and intense, while the trailer makes it look like an action game that feels downright goofy at times.

3 Castaway

Castaway is one of the best movies Tom Hanks has starred in, his performance being truly legendary. Seeing him struggle to survive on an island and wondering if he’ll ever return home is one of the movie’s biggest hooks.

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Of course, if people saw the trailer, they already knew the answer to that question. The fact that this trailer spoils one of the biggest questions the movie asks (and also executes brilliantly) makes it one of the most egregious insults in movie history.

2 John Wick

John Wick was one of the freshest and most engaging action movies to come out of the mid-twenties. The fact that this film spawned its own series shows just how iconic it truly was.

However, the trailer made most people think the movie was just another generic action movie that tried too hard to look badass. He missed the whole point of the film, which was that John Wick is just effortlessly cool and doesn’t need to be augmented by anything special.

1 The Martian

Trailers that spoil the plot of the movie itself can prove to be the biggest annoyance for any movie buff. Such was the case with The Martianthe movie losing a lot of its impact if people had seen the trailer beforehand.

After all, a bunch of important plot points are shown in the trailer, which ruins most of the suspense right off the bat. Thankfully, Matt Damon’s incredible direction and brilliant performance helped salvage this film’s legacy.

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