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10+ Most Misleading Movie Posters Of All Time

The film poster is to summarize the entire movie in one picture to help draw attention to the upcoming flick. A film poster, which is regarded as the promotional material for the production, contains everything people need to decide whether they are interested in the movie or not. So movie posters always play a key role in movie promotional ventures. Because a picture tells 1000 words, every brilliant movie goes along with a well-planned poster.

However, sometimes people misunderstand what’s coming in movies due to misleading posters. Some filmmakers seemed to have failed to design successful movie posters, which made people confused about the orientation of movie posters. Indeed, having a beautiful poster is also a difficult task that many films have failed before the official release.

Below are the 15 most misleading film posters. Let’s scroll down and check them out!

#1 Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

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A cheerful, uplifting movie centered on a happy family enriched with moral values? Definitely no! The fact is that Kramer vs. Kramer will bring you a dreadful divorce.

#2 From Dusk Till Dawn (2006)

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Do you think is a crime movie? Because of the guns? No, it’s not!
From Dusk Till Dawn is actually an action horror movie that features the pictured Gecko brothers, a father, and his children standing against vampires in a strip club.

#3 The Happening (2008)

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The Happening is known for being inspired by Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece Inception because of the presence of the bendable buildings in the poster. But it turns out, that The Happening is actually about people committing mass suicides by neurotoxins released by wrathful plants.

#4 Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

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The sheer hilarity of the film poster is more delightful than the plot itself. The two formidable monsters never fight on top of the World Trade Centers. Still, the movie doesn’t even take place in New York.=

#5 Godzilla (2014)

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When it comes to Godzilla, his size is not just a giant entity. It is a legitimate marketing tool capable of luring countless moviegoers to the cinemas. Seemingly, the designer of the flick poster took an adequate amount of liberties as Godzilla was not as enormous as depicted.

#6 Scary Movie 4 (2006)

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The spoof movie spoofed Saw, War of the Worlds, and The Grudge but there was not even a single scene that had King Kong in it despite the presence of a giant gorilla in the film poster. In addition, Scary Movie 4 was not the final chapter of the franchise.

#7 A Bronx Tale (1993)

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Although the Academy Award-winning actor Robert De Niro’s face is on the left side and his name is in bold capital letters on top of the movie poster, De Niro is simply a supporting character. The emphasis on De Niro on the movie poster makes perfect sense because his primary role was not on the scenes but behind them as he was the director. Well, at least A Bronx Tale has an epic scene of a guy running away from explosives. It is right?

#8 Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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We can see 5 criminals provided with colors for their aliases team up under the instructions of a mob boss to rob a jewelry store. But the guy in the middle is not one of them. Literally, he did not even wear a suit in the entire movie. The man in question is actually the underboss whereas the true fifth guy – Mr. Blue – is nowhere to be seen.

#9 Rocky V (1990)

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At first glance, it seems that one has the film all found out – Rocky overcoming the odds once again by winning a hard-fought boxing match and proudly covering the American flag afterward. However, Rocky doesn’t even take part in a boxing match in the film and trains an aspiring boxer instead. And it gets worse when Rocky V doesn’t even end with a thrilling match with a motivational conclusion. It’s no doubt that the movie was the lowest-grossing installment in the franchise.

#10 King Kong (1976)

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In the 1976 King Kong movie, the iconic gorilla never stood on them with its feet on each tower. The sheer absurdity of the movie poster extends upon further observation as Kong was never that big nor were there any jet planes in the flick. Still, the scene involving Kong and the Twin Towers was filmed at night.

#11 Reign of Fire (2002)

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Fire-breathing dragons wreaking havoc in London? Shut up and take my money! If you decided to watch Reign of Fire for that very reason, you will be painfully disappointed because the events of the movie take place after what is depicted in the poster.

#12 Escape From New York (1981)

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John Carpenter is an excellent director and Escape From New York is one of his most competently crafted works to date but is it too much to ask for a little honesty when it comes to the movie’s promotional material?

The head of the Statue of Liberty is considered to never fall in New York. The renowned statue only shows up in just one scene in the entire movie. Moreover, New York gradually becomes a maximum-security prison instead of being vandalized as advertised on the poster.

#13 Camp Hell (2010)

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Jesse Eisenberg’s face and name accommodate the majority of the space on the movie poster so he’s gotta be the star, right? Sadly it’s not! Fresh off the major success of The Social Network, Eisenberg’s career catapulted from anonymity to mainstream success, and in the same year, Camp Hell was come out in which he had a brief appearance that lasts less than 5 minutes.

And that didn’t stop the distributor company Lionsgate from capitalizing on the actor’s newfound fame and had his face plastered on the movie poster as a conniving tactic to lure in more audiences. The deceitful move backfired as Eisenberg sued Lionsgate for $3 million because of falsely advertising him as the star of the flick in which he was scarcely in.

#14 The Room (2003)

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The movie poster for the infamous movie The Room is as cringe-worthy as the movie itself. One might consider it a crime or prison movie as Tommy Wiseau’s face looks like a mug shot. But it’s no doubt why his face is the only visual on the poster as The Room is a self-centralized passion project in which Wiseau directed, produced, wrote, and starred.

#15 BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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BlacKkKlansman is the real story of Detective Ron Stallworth where a black cop infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan as part of an undercover investigation. After a series of phone calls, Detective Stallworth was truly successful in earning official membership of the Klan but he never wore a white robe and a mask when it came to interacting with fellow Klansmen as the poster leads you to believe. Instead, he would give a white cop in his place who would impersonate him.