They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but in truth, we really don’t care: we judge all films by their posters. Otherwise, how would we decide if we want to see a film or not? If you’ve ever relied on a poster to go see a movie and been terribly disappointed, this top will surely bring back bad memories.
1. “Dune” by Denis Villeneuve: We miss Zendaya
When the new movie Dunes hit theaters in 2021, we were all super excited to see Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet headlining. The movie starts and it’s long. It’s good huh, but it’s still very long because we expect Zendaya as the messiah and she only appears in the last minutes of the film. In all, the actress has a screen time of 7 minutes and something. We were really pissed off.
2. James Mangold’s “Copland”: The De Niro Scam
Looking at the movie poster Copland, we say to ourselves that they did not tread too much. If it is enough to put a lot of famous actors and the name of the film in large to make entries, they could at least have displayed actors who are really in the film. Behind Silvester Stallone, Robert De Niro poses proudly when he only appears 11 minutes and 48 seconds into the film. It’s really not much, we can squarely speak of false advertising.
3. “Scary Movie 4” by David Zucker: The gorilla as a bonus
People who make movie posters Scary Movie generally don’t give a damn. Like really nothing. To the point of adding random elements that don’t even appear in the film. On the poster of Scary Movie 4, there is a huge gorilla reminiscent of King Kong while nothing refers to it in the film. Either the scene was cut in the final cut, or the graphic designers are really freewheeling.
4. “Godzilla vs. Megalon” by Jun Fukuda: The improvised scene
On Japanese movie poster Godzilla 1980 Where Godzilla vs. Megalon, the two monsters fight at the top of the World Trade Center, each on one of the towers. Nobody really knows why since the twin towers never appear in the film. In fact, the film is not even set in New York but in Japan, like all the other Godzilla films in the saga.
5. “Kramer vs. Kramer” by Robert Benton: Anything but a romantic comedy
Original movie posters Kramer vs. Kramer with Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman reflect the film rather poorly. Seeing them, we imagine a united family and a pretty cute story. In reality, the film is about divorce and parental rights. Even if these posters can be misleading, they remain successful: the printed photo suggests that this perfect family only exists in photo albums, it belongs to the past.
6. “Camp Hell” by George VanBuskirk: The Jesse Eisenberg Scandal
This is the most outrageous poster of this ranking, the one that really makes you want to laugh and cry at the same time. In 2010 comes out Camp Hell, a really, really bad low-budget thriller. Actor Jesse Eisenberg makes a very quick appearance in the film, we don’t even see him for 5 minutes on screen, but the production company Lionsgate decides to capitalize on his image. When we see the poster, we obviously think that Eisenberg is the main actor. Oh no, failed. Viewers weren’t the only ones shocked by the false advertising as Jesse Eisenberg sued Lionsgate for $3 million for fraudulently featuring him in promotion of the film.
7. Escape from New York by John Carpenter
Looking at the very pretty but rather misleading poster of Escape from New Yorkwe imagine a disaster movie where there are no more rules and everyone vandalizes the city like at the end of Joker (it was good this movie anyway). In fact, a part of town becomes an ultra-secure prison and the Statue of Liberty doesn’t even appear in the film. We accept the poster because it’s pretty, but it’s a bit funny all the same.
8. “My life for yours” by Nick Cassavetes: A story where we have a good laugh
Look at this cute poster with a laughing family and a child blowing soap bubbles. The contrast with the scenario is quite impressive since the film tells the story of a little girl who was conceived to save her older sister suffering from leukemia thanks to several organ donations and who ends up dragging her parents to justice. . Good atmosphere.
9. “The Secret of Terabithia” by Gábor Csupó: The film that traumatized a generation
Just like the movie My Girl traumatized the children of the 90s, The Secret of Terabithia is one of the films that traumatized children in the 2000s. Watching the film, we imagine the story of two children who find a magical world with fantastic creatures. In fact, this film is the story of two very lonely children who come together to play and Terabithia is a place that exists only in their imagination. The end is so tragic that it made us cry more than The Lion Kingthese screenwriters are truly heartless.
10. Phenomena of M. Night Shyamalan
If you have already seen bird boxone of Netflix‘s worst movies, you already know the story of Phenomena. In the heart of New York, a mysterious phenomenon drives hundreds of people to suicide at random. There you go, that’s the pitch. When we look at the poster, we think of Inception because the vision is distorted: it’s like being in another dimension. In reality, there is none of that in the film, it’s just an effect added for fun.