10 Movies That Totally Lied To You

Artistic vision and facts are all well and good, but they often get in the way of a catchy title.

Jason Takes Manhattan LIE
Paramount Pictures

There's an old joke that one can become rich by suing the author of The Neverending Story because it actually does end. And, for a time, it was believed that someone had actually done that. There was indeed a lawsuit levied against the creators of the film over the title, but that was brought by Michael Ende. Literary minds may recognize him as the author of The Neverending Story, and he sued because his creation had been so badly mangled that he wanted the title to be changed.

While nobody has gotten rich by suing over The Neverending Story having a misleading title, there are plenty of other get rich quick opportunities out there as Hollywood has been adding misleading titles almost as long as they've been making films there.

Some of these were made in a time when research was a lot harder than hitting up Wikipedia, and could see their titular islands placed east of Java rather than the more accurate west. Others had famous titles that couldn't be changed, even if their park was full of Cretaceous-era dinosaurs. And then there is the simple fact that Precinct 13 sounds just a bit cooler than Precinct 9, Division 13 where the actual assault took place.

So, for those of you looking to go to court and make millions, here are 10 more films with misleading titles.

10. John Dies At The End

Jason Takes Manhattan LIE
Magnet Releasing

Quick spoiler warning - John does die in this film. That's not how this title is inaccurate or misleading.

In fact, in the original episodic novel, John potentially dies at the end of most chapters, with it being revealed he was knocked out or otherwise okay at the start of the next episode when it was later released. This allowed the author to stop writing whenever he wanted, with the title making it clear what had happened to his characters.

In the film of the same title, John doesn't die at the end. Thanks to the non-linear nature of the tale, he actually dies somewhere in the middle of the film, while being questioned at a police station. He then goes on through the rest of the story.

It's a very strange film.


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