10 Trailers That Were Better Than The Film

What's worse than a bad trailer? A great trailer for bad film.

Jim Carrey Kick Ass 2
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You know the feeling: you're sat in the cinema anticipating whichever film you've just shelled out for, wishing the movie would start at the time advertised, and then POW! you see a trailer that immediately makes you wish you were actually watching THAT film instead.

It may well be a film you're already excited to see, or for a real thrill it could be a film that has flown in under your radar, but whatever the context, the trailer has you psyched. You've mentally booked your tickets, you're already queuing excitedly for your popcorn... And then the time comes to actually see the movie.

Smash-cut to two hours later as the end credits roll, the lights come up and you're conducting an autopsy on an absolute failure. What the hell happened? How could something have changed so much from those first excellent trailers? Where was that killer looking scene? Was it all just a lie?!

It happens. Actually, it happens more than you'd probably like to suspect. Mostly because there are companies who are paid specifically to make trailers (and to sell a film to you regardless of the quality of the completed thing), trailers can be big fat liars, and unfortunately, we're the ones who end up being the victims of the deception.

Here are 10 of the worst offending trailers that ended up being way better than the movies they teased...


Aspiring screenwriter. Film & TV Production BA (Hons) graduate. Currently studying MA Screenwriting at LJMU. Addicted to Breaking Bad and Chinese food.