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  • Beau S.
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    What are some examples of horrible trailers for films that ended up being brilliant, or brilliant trailers for films that ended up sucking?

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    Asgaroth
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    “The Help” has a terrible trailer, that mostly indicates that the movie has a kind of important plot but treated in a silly comedic way. The movie indeed turned out to be more dramatic, intense and one to take seriously.

    By contrast, I recall “X-Men: The Last Stand” has an awesome trailer that generated many great expectations, but the movie in the end couldn’t live up to them.

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    delerian
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    Trailers are always designed to overhype a film. That is their purpose.

    In any case, this fact is so well known that there are parodies about what trailers would look like if they were honest. For example, this Pacific Rim honest trailer is brilliant.

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    Actriz
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    I remember The Silence of the Lambs had a really shitty trailer.

    Les Miserables had an awesome trailer. It made everybody forget that Tom Hooper directed it.

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    CanadianFan
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDTBLSkUmYk

    The trailer for The Spectacular Now. Despite showing scenes from every part of the movie (introduction, middle, climax and final scene), the biggest twist is still concealed, and the tone of the movie is much happier in the trailer than in the film.

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    Renaton
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    I remember The Silence of the Lambs had a really shitty trailer.

    Les Miserables had an awesome trailer. It made everybody forget that Tom Hooper directed it.

    Not to brag, but I thought the Les Mis trailer was terrible and called out that it would be Hooper’s worst directing yet. No trailer could hide how poorly shot that thing was.

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    Halo_Insider
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    I generally loved the trailers for Man of Steel, in large part because of Hans Zimmer’s music being inserted so expertly into them. 

    And then the movie came out and… ehhh.  

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    Renaton
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    I agree about Man Of Steel. The trailer was so good that I was caustiously optimistic about it.

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    GoMe91
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    Les Miserables is a great example. That movie went from being the Oscar contender I was most looking forward to…to my least favorite film of the 9 nominated for Best Picture. I still like watching that trailer from time to time. 

    I actually don’t watch many trailers anymore. Even when I see a movie in theatres, I purposely go 10 minutes late so I can miss the previews. Hm…I think the Purge trailer was pretty misleading because I think many people assumed that some of the action would take place outside the house.

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    Logan
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    Not a trailer, but look up some of the early posters for Bicycle Thieves; you’d think it was Caligula or something.

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