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26th Nov '16 4:06:42 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' was marketed as a family friendly fantasy adventure a la ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. '''It isn't'''.[[note]]It really, really, isn't.[[/note]] In addition, the trailers and promotional material kinda left out one detail: The movie's in Spanish with subtitles. This resulted in so many complaints along the lines of "It's in the wrong language! I want it in English!" that movie theaters (and rental stores, once the film hit DVD) had to put up signs saying "''Pan's Labyrinth'' is in Spanish and that's the way it's meant to be".

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* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' was marketed as a family friendly fantasy adventure a la ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''. '''It isn't'''.[[note]]It really, really, isn't.[[/note]] In addition, the trailers and promotional material kinda left out one detail: The movie's in Spanish with subtitles. This resulted in so many complaints along the lines of "It's in the wrong language! I want it in English!" that movie theaters (and rental stores, once the film hit DVD) had to put up signs saying "''Pan's Labyrinth'' is in Spanish and that's the way it's meant to be".
25th Nov '16 9:03:41 PM nombretomado
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* In something of a repeat of the ''BridgeToTerabithia'' situation, ''Film/TheGiver'''s trailers made it look like a brainless action movie only made to cash in on the success of the likes of ''Film/TheHungerGames'' and ''Film/{{Divergent}}''. It's actually much closer to [[Literature/TheGiver the book's story]].

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* In something of a repeat of the ''BridgeToTerabithia'' ''Literature/BridgeToTerabithia'' situation, ''Film/TheGiver'''s trailers made it look like a brainless action movie only made to cash in on the success of the likes of ''Film/TheHungerGames'' and ''Film/{{Divergent}}''. It's actually much closer to [[Literature/TheGiver the book's story]].
30th Oct '16 11:50:17 AM nombretomado
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* The trailers for ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' made HelenaBonhamCarter out to be the female lead. She's only in the film for about 10 minutes.

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* The trailers for ''Film/TheLoneRanger'' made HelenaBonhamCarter Creator/HelenaBonhamCarter out to be the female lead. She's only in the film for about 10 minutes.
19th Oct '16 6:49:01 AM erforce
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** In the final frame of one trailer for ''Paranormal Activity 2'', you can see the family dog in Hunter's room barking at something unseen in the doorway. The crib is empty, however creepily enough in the mirror's reflection you can see baby Hunter standing in it. This never happens in the film.
** Many of the scenes in the ''Paranormal Activity 3'' trailer [[MissingTrailerScene were not in the movie]], and are likely being saved for the director's cut DVD.

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** In the final frame of one trailer for ''Paranormal Activity 2'', ''Film/ParanormalActivity2'', you can see the family dog in Hunter's room barking at something unseen in the doorway. The crib is empty, however creepily enough in the mirror's reflection you can see baby Hunter standing in it. This never happens in the film.
** Many of the scenes in the ''Paranormal Activity 3'' ''Film/ParanormalActivity3'' trailer [[MissingTrailerScene were not in the movie]], and are likely being saved for the director's cut DVD.
9th Oct '16 10:55:57 PM jormis29
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* The ''Deconstructing Harry'' trailer made the film out to be about Creator/WoodyAllen dying and going to a Hell run by Billy Crystal as Satan. The film is about no such thing and the one (1) Hell scene is a ''fantasy sequence'' showing you an idea for a novel that Woody's character Harry is describing to other people. Billy Crystal plays Satan in this scene because his actual character in the film is someone Harry hates.

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* The ''Deconstructing Harry'' ''Film/DeconstructingHarry'' trailer made the film out to be about Creator/WoodyAllen dying and going to a Hell run by Billy Crystal as Satan. The film is about no such thing and the one (1) Hell scene is a ''fantasy sequence'' showing you an idea for a novel that Woody's character Harry is describing to other people. Billy Crystal plays Satan in this scene because his actual character in the film is someone Harry hates.



* Film/DjangoUnchained's trailers make it out to be an action-heavy Western about two bounty hunters killing their way up to the BigBad. Just like Film/InglouriousBasterds, however, the film itself is much more slow-moving and suspenseful, with bounty hunting taking a backseat during the second half of the film. It also implies the Brittle Brothers work directly for Candy, the BigBad, when in reality, they're [[spoiler:easily dispatched in Django's first successful bounty]] and have no relation to Candy - and Candy himself [[spoiler:is a dimwitted idiot who's really manipulated by his slave, the real villain.]]

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* Film/DjangoUnchained's ''Film/DjangoUnchained'''s trailers make it out to be an action-heavy Western about two bounty hunters killing their way up to the BigBad. Just like Film/InglouriousBasterds, however, the film itself is much more slow-moving and suspenseful, with bounty hunting taking a backseat during the second half of the film. It also implies the Brittle Brothers work directly for Candy, the BigBad, when in reality, they're [[spoiler:easily dispatched in Django's first successful bounty]] and have no relation to Candy - and Candy himself [[spoiler:is a dimwitted idiot who's really manipulated by his slave, the real villain.]]



* This was actually used effectively for the action thriller "Film/ExecutiveDecision" which heavily used Steven Segal as the bad-ass special forces commander clashing with Kurt Russell's CIA man. Thus, when Segal's character [[spoiler: dies less than halfway through the movie]], it comes as a true shock and nicely shakes expectations up.

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* This was actually used effectively for the action thriller "Film/ExecutiveDecision" ''Film/ExecutiveDecision'' which heavily used Steven Segal as the bad-ass special forces commander clashing with Kurt Russell's CIA man. Thus, when Segal's character [[spoiler: dies less than halfway through the movie]], it comes as a true shock and nicely shakes expectations up.



* The movie ''Failure to Launch'' had one trailer that aired on male-centric channels such as Comedy Central, in which the entire trailer consisted of several guys getting attacked by animals in the woods. Anyone who saw only this trailer would never figure out by it that the movie is actually a romantic comedy, and that the forest scene barely takes up five minutes of the movie.

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* The movie ''Failure to Launch'' ''Film/FailureToLaunch'' had one trailer that aired on male-centric channels such as Comedy Central, in which the entire trailer consisted of several guys getting attacked by animals in the woods. Anyone who saw only this trailer would never figure out by it that the movie is actually a romantic comedy, and that the forest scene barely takes up five minutes of the movie.



* The film ''The Family Stone'' was advertised as a romantic comedy. It really isn't, being instead a family drama with a rather bittersweet angle. And while there's romance involved, it's not between the characters advertised in the trailer.

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* The film ''The Family Stone'' ''Film/TheFamilyStone'' was advertised as a romantic comedy. It really isn't, being instead a family drama with a rather bittersweet angle. And while there's romance involved, it's not between the characters advertised in the trailer.



* When the film ''No Reservations'' was coming out in theaters, there were two trailers for it. One hyped up the "romantic comedy" angle, leaving the plot of the main female character having to care for her newly orphaned niece completely out, as if she didn't exist; another trailer, oddly enough usually shown much later at night, mostly did the reverse, focusing on the niece and including only a few shots of her tension with the guy as if he were just a minor complication to the whole thing. Now that it's coming out on DVD, the trailers used are for the "all romantic comedy" version, and the other side has been completely omitted.

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* When the film ''No Reservations'' ''Film/NoReservations'' was coming out in theaters, there were two trailers for it. One hyped up the "romantic comedy" angle, leaving the plot of the main female character having to care for her newly orphaned niece completely out, as if she didn't exist; another trailer, oddly enough usually shown much later at night, mostly did the reverse, focusing on the niece and including only a few shots of her tension with the guy as if he were just a minor complication to the whole thing. Now that it's coming out on DVD, the trailers used are for the "all romantic comedy" version, and the other side has been completely omitted.



* ''Outside Providence'' was not a wacky Farrelly Bros. comedy, despite their pushing the connection (one of them wrote the story, in truth) and showing the funny scenes. In actuality it was more of a coming-of-age dramedy.

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* ''Outside Providence'' ''Film/OutsideProvidence'' was not a wacky Farrelly Bros. comedy, despite their pushing the connection (one of them wrote the story, in truth) and showing the funny scenes. In actuality it was more of a coming-of-age dramedy.



* ''{{Precious}}''. The television commercials show only the main character's day-dream sequencing, implying that the film is about an up-and-coming diva, when the actual film is not even close.

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* ''{{Precious}}''.''Film/{{Precious}}''. The television commercials show only the main character's day-dream sequencing, implying that the film is about an up-and-coming diva, when the actual film is not even close.



* ''Water Horse'' trailers suggested it would be a kiddy film about a boy and his cute little water dragon, in the tone of ''Film/{{Babe}}''. One trailer even showed the bulldog saying it was the titular horse's "best friend". Sure, the movie starts out this way, but for the most part it's a lot more gritty than that, especially when the water horse grows up. It nearly kills the boy, and devours all the lake's wildlife. Towards the end, DrillSergeantNasty mistakes the water horse for an enemy sub [[spoiler: and nearly kills him and the boy.]] Oh, and remember that bulldog who is supposedly the horse's best friend? [[spoiler: Towards the end, when the water horse goes berserk, he swallows the dog whole and then tries to kill the owner. Make one wonder if the marketing people even watched the movie, there wasn't any hint of friendship between the dog and the water horse. The dog spends the earlier part of the film trying to catch the water horse when it's a baby, and then spend the end of the film in the water horse's belly.]] Combine all that with a boy who is counting down the days when his father will come home from the war, [[spoiler: only to slowly realize his father is never coming back since he's dead]] and it's far from the happy go lucky mood of the trailer. That said, that doesn't make it a depressing film and there are some heartwarming moments.

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* ''Water Horse'' ''Film/WaterHorse'' trailers suggested it would be a kiddy film about a boy and his cute little water dragon, in the tone of ''Film/{{Babe}}''. One trailer even showed the bulldog saying it was the titular horse's "best friend". Sure, the movie starts out this way, but for the most part it's a lot more gritty than that, especially when the water horse grows up. It nearly kills the boy, and devours all the lake's wildlife. Towards the end, DrillSergeantNasty mistakes the water horse for an enemy sub [[spoiler: and nearly kills him and the boy.]] Oh, and remember that bulldog who is supposedly the horse's best friend? [[spoiler: Towards the end, when the water horse goes berserk, he swallows the dog whole and then tries to kill the owner. Make one wonder if the marketing people even watched the movie, there wasn't any hint of friendship between the dog and the water horse. The dog spends the earlier part of the film trying to catch the water horse when it's a baby, and then spend the end of the film in the water horse's belly.]] Combine all that with a boy who is counting down the days when his father will come home from the war, [[spoiler: only to slowly realize his father is never coming back since he's dead]] and it's far from the happy go lucky mood of the trailer. That said, that doesn't make it a depressing film and there are some heartwarming moments.



* The trailer for ''Wicker Park'' is cut to seem like ''Film/FatalAttraction'' mixed with 'StalkerWithACrush' film, but in fact, it is a psychological drama about a man searching for his ex-girlfriend after he thinks he sees her two years after she disappeared. 'LoveMakesYouCrazy' in this film, but not in the expected ways.

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* The trailer for ''Wicker Park'' ''Film/WickerPark'' is cut to seem like ''Film/FatalAttraction'' mixed with 'StalkerWithACrush' film, but in fact, it is a psychological drama about a man searching for his ex-girlfriend after he thinks he sees her two years after she disappeared. 'LoveMakesYouCrazy' in this film, but not in the expected ways.



* The trailer for ''Youth in Revolt'' made it look like Nick's family is living in a trailer home, when really, they were only staying in the trailer during the summer.

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* The trailer for ''Youth in Revolt'' ''Film/YouthInRevolt'' made it look like Nick's family is living in a trailer home, when really, they were only staying in the trailer during the summer.
24th Sep '16 8:18:36 PM JamesAustin
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* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' is another Creator/RobinWilliams film whose trailers will make you think 'zany wacky' and that the Dad he plays is dressing up so as to avoid the results of some harebrained scheme that went wrong. The trailers kind of completely ignore the heart-wrenching scenes wherein he and Sally Field tear each other to emotional pieces as and after their marriage falls apart--in front of their kids. PierceBrosnan is made to seem an unwanted interloper - in fact he is scads more responsible and stable than Williams' character. And the unmasking scene is not an 'uh-oh' but a huge emotional gamble that at first backfires hideously.

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* ''Film/MrsDoubtfire'' is another Creator/RobinWilliams film whose trailers will make you think 'zany wacky' and that the Dad he plays is dressing up so as to avoid the results of some harebrained scheme that went wrong. The trailers kind of completely ignore the heart-wrenching scenes wherein he and Sally Field tear each other to emotional pieces as and after their marriage falls apart--in front of their kids. PierceBrosnan Creator/PierceBrosnan is made to seem an unwanted interloper - in fact he is scads more responsible and stable than Williams' character. And the unmasking scene is not an 'uh-oh' but a huge emotional gamble that at first backfires hideously.
22nd Sep '16 2:05:45 PM comicwriter
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* The trailers and TV spots for ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' climax with a shot of both teams of heroes rushing towards each other for an epic showdown. The American ads carefully edited the footage to avoid showing [[spoiler: Comicbook/SpiderMan]], who nonetheless can be seen during the Japanese TV spots showing the same scene.
* The trailers for ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' sees Nick Fury get attacked [[spoiler: and seemingly killed]] by the Winter Soldier. Although he is ambushed, Fury manages to escape the initial attack. [[spoiler: The moment where the Winter Soldier seems to fatally wound him comes a little while later, shortly after he manages to rendezvous with Steve.]]

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* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''
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The trailers and TV spots for ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' and first trailer climax with a shot of both teams of heroes rushing towards each other for an epic showdown. The American ads carefully edited the footage to avoid showing [[spoiler: Comicbook/SpiderMan]], Comicbook/SpiderMan, who nonetheless can be seen during the Japanese TV spots showing the same scene.
** One of the trailers also has a scene where Comicbook/{{Bucky|Barnes}} apparently blasts Comicbook/WarMachine out of the sky, nearly killing him. [[spoiler: It's actually stitched together from two separate scenes that happen at different points in the movie. In the actual film, it's Comicbook/TheVision who shoots down War Machine, and it's completely by accident. The shot of Bucky raising his rifle to fire is from much later in the movie, when he and Cap infiltrate an abandoned Comicbook/{{HYDRA}} base.]]
* The trailers for ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' sees Nick Fury Comicbook/NickFury get attacked [[spoiler: and seemingly killed]] by the Winter Soldier. Although he is ambushed, Fury manages to escape the initial attack. [[spoiler: The moment where the Winter Soldier seems to fatally wound him comes a little while later, shortly after he manages to rendezvous with Steve.]]



** While not terribly misleading, one trailer for ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' makes it look as though the Joker causes a truck to flip just by firing a machine gun. The two moments happen during the same scene, but the one of the Joker shooting with the submachine gun happens ''after'' the truck flips over, and he's firing at cars on the street.

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** While not terribly misleading, one trailer for ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' makes it look as though the Joker Comicbook/TheJoker causes a truck to flip just by firing a machine gun. The two moments happen during the same scene, but the one of the Joker shooting with the submachine gun happens ''after'' the truck flips over, and he's firing at cars on the street.



*** The trailers make it appear that Selina Kyle and Bane are close allies, but in reality she's more or less blackmailed and intimidated into giving him occasional help.

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*** The trailers make it appear that [[Comicbook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle Kyle]] and Bane are close allies, but in reality she's more or less blackmailed and intimidated into giving him occasional help.
22nd Sep '16 8:31:04 AM comicwriter
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* The trailer for Georgia Rule made the film out to be a fun family comedy about inter generational bonding. While there are some comedic moments, the movie was mostly a very dark family drama with HEAVY subject matter. Namely, the question of whether or not Lindsay Lohan's character was repeatedly raped by her stepfather between the ages of 12 and 14

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* The trailer for Georgia Rule made the film out to be a fun family comedy about inter generational bonding. While there are some comedic moments, the movie was mostly a very dark family drama with HEAVY subject matter. Namely, the question of whether or not Lindsay Lohan's character was repeatedly raped by her stepfather between the ages of 12 and 1414.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 2016}}'': There was some controversy over the initial trailer, as it made Patty look like a cliche SassyBlackWoman whose only contribution to the team was "street smarts" or some similar stereotype. While Patty does have some SassyBlackWoman traits, they're greatly toned down, and she's actually a much more intelligent character than the trailers made her out to be. The fact that she's a {{Bookworm}} with an extensive knowledge of New York's history and architecture is very relevant to the plot, but the trailers failed to highlight this, giving off the aforementioned UnfortunateImplications. Even Creator/MelissaMccarthy said she felt the trailer wasn't representative of the actual movie.
8th Sep '16 12:00:35 PM liamh
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* The trailer for ''Film/LittleNicky'' made it look like the movie was about Nicky going to live in New York and his brothers coming to ruin his life for no reason. In reality, the movie was actually about the brothers going to New York and Nicky coming to stop them from taking it over. Also, a lot of the commercials and even the tagline of the movie itself said Nicky was the son of an angel, which is treated as a twist almost 20 minutes before the movie is even over.
5th Sep '16 1:29:58 PM erforce
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** One of the most notorious cases of this trope was an early, early teaser trailer for ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''. It showed an Alien egg floating towards Earth with the line, "In 1979, we discovered in space, no one can hear you scream. In 1992, we would discover on Earth, ''everyone'' can hear you scream..." This was all based upon a very early spec script. [[TroubledProduction By the time the movie was actually made,]] the final film was... a little different. (Sure, the Aliens would eventually get to Earth, just [[Film/AlienVsPredator not exactly the way most fans would have liked]].)
** The trailer for ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' showed an epic moment where three predators were fighting off a handful of aliens. But as the camera moved back that handful turned to thousands of aliens. While this is in the movie, it is only shown in a flashback as one of the main character theorizes that's what had happened in ancient times. The movies also made the plot go along the lines of badass hunter vs badass creature, with poor humans thrown in the middle. [[spoiler: The first Predator dies without any real screen time against an Alien. And the third gets impregnated by a facehugger, setting up the plot for the second movie. The only time Aliens and Predators fought was with the second Predator, but that fight was one of the most amazing fights in cinematic history.]]

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** One of the most notorious cases of this trope was an early, early teaser trailer for ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''. It showed an Alien egg floating towards Earth with the line, "In 1979, we discovered in space, no one can hear you scream. In 1992, we would discover on Earth, ''everyone'' can hear you scream..." This was all based upon a very early spec script. [[TroubledProduction By the time the movie was actually made,]] the final film was... a little different. (Sure, the Aliens would eventually get to Earth, just [[Film/AlienVsPredator [[Film/AVPAlienVsPredator not exactly the way most fans would have liked]].)
** The trailer for ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' ''Film/AVPAlienVsPredator'' showed an epic moment where three predators were fighting off a handful of aliens. But as the camera moved back that handful turned to thousands of aliens. While this is in the movie, it is only shown in a flashback as one of the main character theorizes that's what had happened in ancient times. The movies also made the plot go along the lines of badass hunter vs badass creature, with poor humans thrown in the middle. [[spoiler: The first Predator dies without any real screen time against an Alien. And the third gets impregnated by a facehugger, setting up the plot for the second movie. The only time Aliens and Predators fought was with the second Predator, but that fight was one of the most amazing fights in cinematic history.]]
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