15 Most Misleading Movie Posters of All Time

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15 Most Misleading Movie Posters

Ever since the dawn of Hollywood, movie posters have been a key element to the movie’s promotional ventures. They are supposed to be an accurate representation of the contents of a particular movie but on a few occasions, there have been blatant attempts to utilize them as tools to purposely deceive the audience. Here are the 15 most misleading movie posters:


15. The Happening (2008)

The Happening 2008

One might immediately assume that The Happening is marginally inspired by Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece Inception due to the presence of the bendable buildings in the poster.

As it turns out, The Happening is actually about people committing mass suicides by neurotoxins released by wrathful plants.


14. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs 1992

Five criminals provided with colors for their aliases team up under the instructions of a mob boss to rob a jewelry store. However, the guy in the middle is not one of them. Heck, he did not even wear a suit in the entire movie.

The man in question is actually the underboss whereas the real fifth guy – Mr. Blue – is nowhere to be seen


13. From Dusk Till Dawn (2006)

From Dusk Till Dawn 2006

A crime movie? What made you think that? The guns? No, it’s not!

From Dusk Till Dawn is actually an action horror movie which features the pictured Gecko brothers, a father and his children fighting off vampires in a strip club.


12. Reign of Fire (2002)

Reign of Fire 2002

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 sorely disappointed as the events of the movie take place after what is depicted in the poster.


11. Scary Movie 4 (2006)

Scary Movie 4 2006

The parody 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 movie poster.

Moreover, Scary Movie 4 was NOT the final chapter of the franchise.


10. Godzilla vs. Megalon (1973)

Godzilla vs. Megalon 1973

The sheer hilarity of the movie poster is more amusing than the plot itself. The two formidable monsters never fight on top of the World Trade Centers.

Not only that, but the movie does not even take place in New York!


9. Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla 2014

Speaking of Godzilla, his size is not just a gigantic entity. It is a legitimate marketing tool capable of luring in numerous moviegoers to the cinemas.

Apparently, the designer of the movie poster took an adequate amount of liberties as Godzilla was not as enormous as depicted.


8. King Kong (1976)

King Kong 1976

Fellow monster King Kong is not too far behind when it comes to misleading movie posters. The 1976 King Kong movie starring Jeff Bridges did feature the Twin Towers but the iconic gorilla never stood on them with its feet on each tower.

The sheer absurdity of the movie poster expands upon further observation as Kong was never that big nor were there any jet planes in the movie. Moreover, the scene involving Kong and the Twin Towers happened at night.