6/16/2013

Movie posters play an important role in the marketing of any movie. Often, a movie poster can drive a person to see a movie they might not otherwise see. Maybe that's why movie posters often exaggerate or even change the content of their movies, and sci-fi is no exception. Here are seven awesome scenes in sci-fi movie posters that never happened in the actual movie.

7. Forbidden Planet - Forbidden Planet is a classic sci-fi movie based loosely on Shakespeare's The Tempest, and first featured the popular robot named Robbie. The poster shows Robbie the Robot carrying a woman across a chaotic alien landscape. Not only does the planet in the movie not look like the one on the poster (there's like seven planets in the sky), but there's never a scene where Robbie carries anyone anywhere.
6. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins - Let's move on to the eighties action movie about a New York cop who's transformed into a martial arts warrior, Remo Williams. The poster shows Remo Williams clinging to the crown of the Statue of Liberty. Would sure love to see how that happened and how he gets out of it. Having watched the movie a number of times, I still would. That scene never happened. The closest the movie comes is when Remo has a fight with a bunch of thugs on the scaffolding around the Statue of Liberty.
5. Revenge of the Creature - This sequel to Creature From the Black Lagoon has one heck of a poster. The poster makes it seem like a whole city is terrorized by the Creature. You've got the Creature running through the streets with a woman on his arm, towering over a mob that runs away from him. The tagline is "running loose in the city." Well, not really. There's never a scene where the Creature wanders around an actual city. On the plus side, the Creature actually does carry a woman around, and there is a small mob. So it's not a total gyp.

4. Escape From New York - This dark film about a futuristic New York turned into a prison is a great movie. The poster helps with an action packed scene of Snake Plisskin and friends running through the city. The biggest problem is that we see the head of the Statue of Liberty lying in the streets. In the actual movie, we never see the real head in the background.

This poster made such an impression that J.J. Abrams ended up recreating the scene for real in Cloverfield.



Via MOVIECLIPS.com

3. King Kong - It's hard to top the scene in the original King Kong about a giant ape that rampages through New York, and climbs the Empire State Building. Maybe that's why the poster for the 1976 remake shows the gorilla standing astride the Twin Towers. "You thought King Kong climbing the Empire State Building was cool? Well, here's King Kong climbing the Twin Towers! Both of them!" Too bad King Kong never stands on the Twin Towers in the original movie. Frankly, he's not big enough in the movie to do it. He's dwarfed just climbing one tower.

2. Troll 2 - Troll 2 is widely considered one of the worst movies ever made, and I'm not about to argue the point. But the movie does have a pretty spooky and effective poster. Unfortunately, pretty much everything about this poster is a lie. There's never a scene in the movie where a monster pursues a child into a dark basement carrying an ax. The creature in this poster looks nothing like the actual monsters in the movie, the monsters don't attack anyone with an ax, and the child never has that troll-doll thing. Even the title is a lie - it's not a sequel to the original movie Troll, and there are no trolls in Troll 2, just goblins.

1. Star Wars - Star Wars has one of the most iconic movie posters in history. Just the pose of Luke Skywalker, standing with his lightsaber held high while the sexy princess lies below, has been copied a thousand times. This poster is a classic, but have you ever thought about the fact that nothing like this ever happens in the movie? Not only is Luke never standing on a hilltop with Princess Leia at his feet, but he never even wields a lightsaber in combat in the original movie. .

What do you think of the posters? Which was your favorite? Any other movie posters that tricked you? Let us know in the comments.

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8 comments:

Pat Dilloway said...

That is really true about the Star Wars one. And the lightsaber doesn't really look like that one in the poster either. Those liars. That happens a lot in comic books too. I guess it's just a ploy to get people to go see the movie. Suckers!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Had Luke used the light saber in combat, he would've lost.
Remo was a movie with such potential. I remember seeing it while in college and was so disappointed.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Do i see a Lense Flare with the Lightsaber...Will J.J. Abrams use that in the new movie?

jeremy [retro] said...

i had to think about those for a second, i am like yes they did... but then no they didn't...

Ciara Knight said...

I still remember Escape and Star Wars poster. They had such impact. I think it is more an image of theme than actual events.

Nigel Mitchell said...

Oh good point. I forgot about that part.

Nigel Mitchell said...

LOL, probably

Nigel Mitchell said...

Yeah, agreed about the lightsaber. But still. And the Destroyer novels that Remo movie is based on are so much better.

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