You watch a trailer that blows you away and say, "Have you seen the trailer? It's going to be amazing!" Then you watch the film and curse yourself for being tricked.
Thankfully, we'll always have the trailers to remind us how good the movie could have been.
Here are the top ten films that made a really bad film look awesome. Watchmen? Batman & Robin? Battlefield Earth? Where would you rank them?
10. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
9. Monster A Go-Go (1965)
The trailer starts with a close-up of a curvy woman shaking her hips in a short skirt. A garage rock tune belts out a groovy beat. The trailer promises again and again that this will be the "monster film to end all monster films" with a ten-foot tall monster (or is he?) to give you the "whim-whams". This is before the government had the whim-whams banned from motion pictures. With promises of pretty girls doing the twist, the trailer makes us want to "GO!" Instead audiences were treated to a disjointed, confusing and disappointing mess.
8. Battlefield Earth (2000)
7. Batman & Robin (1997)
6. Alien 3 (1992)
5. Hulk (2003)
4. Maximum Overdrive (1986)
3. Wild Wild West (1999)
Men in Black was a great film and when we saw the trailer for Will Smith's next film with the same director it looked like lighting in a bottle. Add outrageous scenes, high-octane action and hilarious comedy and the trailer makes Wild, Wild, West look like an instant classic. At the end, we see a giant mechanical spider thundering across the screen. It's still the best steam-punk movie ever made, but that's not saying much. Awesome song though.
1. Watchmen (2009)
The Smashing Pumpkins song "The Beginning is the End is the Beginning" made it good. The sight of Dr. Manhattan striding through the jungle made it great. Knowing its based on the greatest graphic novel ever made it epic. Even now this trailer gives me chills. That's what makes it the greatest, and most disappointing, trailer ever.
Have you ever been disappointed by a movie after seeing the trailer?