The Worst Movies With Great Trailers  

Mel Judson
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List Rules Vote up the movies that had the biggest disparity between awesomeness of the trailer and awfulness of the film itself.

These incredible movie trailers might as well be short films because of how great they are. Granted, they partly look great compared to the movies they were promoting — which were awful. It turns out, many crappy movies were hyped up by some pretty fantastic trailers. If only some of these films had just been contained within the movie trailer. That way audiences wouldn't have had to sit for two hours watching them. Which horrible movies had awesome trailers?

Some of these trailers deserve prestigious awards in their own right, while the movies they previewed were often nominated for Golden Raspberry Awards or "Razzies." Movies like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Stranger Than Fiction have such wonderful trailers that inspire viewers and balance dry comedy amidst its profundity. Unfortunately, the full-length films were not as successful. In the world of comics, the Man of Steel and Superman Returns trailers were better than both of their respective movies.

Which disappointing films were preceded by amazing movie trailers? Vote for the movies below that had the biggest quality gap between trailer and final cut of the film.

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Where the Wild Things Are looked like it would be the best part of 2009. This trailer was part of the reason for those unmet high expectations.

Actors: Mark Ruffalo, Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini, Catherine O'Hara, Chris Cooper, + more

Released: 2009

Directed by: Spike Jonze

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Jennifer's Body wasn't exactly as popular as Diablo Cody's previous effort, Juno. Still, the black comedy at its best was evident in the coming attraction.

Actors: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Chris Pratt, J.K. Simmons, Amy Sedaris, + more

Released: 2009

Directed by: Karyn Kusama

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The Village trailer made us think it would be better than it was. It's riveting and the movie itself could have taken notes.

Actors: Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix, Jesse Eisenberg, William Hurt, + more

Released: 2004

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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Time Out New York called this sequel a "shoddy piece of corporate horror." But the first-person view in this trailer is a fantastic promo.

Actors: Jessica Stroup, Daniella Alonso, Lee Thompson Young, Derek Mears, Jacob Vargas, + more

Released: 2007

Directed by: Martin Weisz

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