Catchy trailers, messy movies

Alexander Theodoropoulos lets us in on his selected movie trailers where the film just simply didn't live up to the expectations

Alexandros Theodoropoulos
16th February 2020
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It's a sad fact of modern cinema that you can't always trust that trailers will truly represent the reality of a film. Here are four examples of when films failed to live up to their awesome trailers.

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

When the trailer of the remake of The Hills Have Eyes was released in 2006, horror fans were thrilled and couldn't wait to watch the movie in the theaters. The trailer consists of remarkable desert locations creating a feeling of a unique and mysterious journey that the viewer is put into along with the protagonists.

The trailer chooses to show very specific scenes, employing quick alternation and clever use of voices and sounds that create the sense of agony, leaving behind the urge to find out what actually happened to that family in the dessert.

But when it came to the film, unexpectedly, most of the critics disregarded the way that the story was presented and the way that the plot was evolved. For many people the film was considered a poor remake of the 1977 low-budget horror film of the same title. Consequently, the film did not meet the expectations to become a horror classic.

Gangster Squad (2013)

In Gangster Squad as Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were part of the cast and the movie was based on the book by Paul Lieberman the expectations were high when this trailer was released. From the trailer we are bombarded with police action against the famous crime boss Mickey Cohen that takes place in the 1949 Los Angeles.

But after watching the film, the noir depiction of the late 40s and early 50s L.A. that was promised in the trailer does not satisfy you, as it was the case in classics like L.A. Confidential, and the approach that was made to the infamous Mickey Cohen crime family was disdained by most of the critics.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was viewed as an insiprational work of art but the problem is that most of the critics used this line to describe the trailer and not the actual movie. A very artistic trailer, creating mystery out of Ben Stiller's character and everyday life but the film was really indifferent for a lot of people.

The trailer was accused of creating Oscar buzz and attracting attention with the movie being unable to justify its meanings and its qualities to the audiences and the critics.

Suicide Squad (2016)

In Suicide Squad, comparing the trailer to the movie is like speaking about almost different things. In this particular production the tone of the movie that derived from the plot was altered by the production company in the post-production level, making it look like a comic in a great percentage.

The film's meanings and points are messy, unfocused and it is widely accepted that the film was overrated. Except from the film itself, the trailer can be put into the category of the best marketing pieces in the history of the film industry.

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