We’ve all been there; lining up for that movie we’ve been dying to see, a sense of hope and anticipation brewing in the pit of our stomach, only to have our dreams of escape dashed before our eyes when it turns out to be a lump of crudely moulded shite.
We may think to ourselves as we make the journey home ‘why did I think that film would be any good? I should have known from the poster it was popcorn fodder’. Well don’t despair, you weren’t the only one that left the theatre feeling duped.
Hollywood, as a collective term, is a tricky little bastard. If it were to be personified, I’d imagine something similar to Fagin from Oliver; a greedy, twisted little ruffian with a knife in his pocket and an evil glint in his eye. He wants your money, and he’s got a big ol’ bag of tricks to help him get it from you.
When you make the decision to pay your ticket fee, there’s usually been a trick or two involved in coercing your decision. Of course, who’s to say what makes a bad movie, that’s a matter of taste. But surely, only a vile trick would have made a person willingly pay for a movie as universally terrible as 2004’s Catwoman, right?
There are many tricks that Hollywood uses to get your ass in a seat, here are just 8 of ‘em. Warning: exposure to this article may cause incurable cynicism. Think of it as the Red pill.