Movie trailers are designed to tantalize an audience into wanting to spend their hard earned cash in the cinema. Typically a trailer should clearly outline the film’s genre, cast and a loose plot basis without giving away too much. Of course, not everyone sticks to the rules.
Now there are a few terrible movie trailers in a previous Stuff to Watch which focused on bad films, but generally speaking many of those films are entertaining enough to endure. The following trailers will probably not have the desired effect of making you want to part with your cash or your spare time.
Never mind, we can still have a laugh!
C Me Dance (2009) [IMDB]
It’s unlikely many of you have seen or even heard of this movie, and that’s largely because it’s a terrible example of genre-mashing gone wrong. As you can see from the trailer below, what initially begins as a “terminally ill girl can dance the blues away” teaser soon becomes something more… satanic.
Demons! Demons and dancing, ladies and gentlemen. C Me Dance is the ultimate film for the chick flick loving, heel-tapping, closet horror freak who gets off on bad acting and wooden dialogue. Try keeping a straight face at 1.10 when the demon is revealed!
Andy Colby’s Incredible Adventure (1988) [IMDB]
Also released under the name “Andy and the Airwave Rangers”, this production is regarded by many as one of the loopiest kids films of all time. Bad costumes, suspicious late-80s green screening technology, horrible make-up and costuming, and two very lame names make this film really stand out.
I’ve also included another, fan-made trailer by the bad movie buffs over at Everything is Terrible beneath the official version below. Naturally, this version has been cut to accentuate the film’s “unique” approach, and is certainly worth a watch.
Released with the tagline “You have the right to remain silent, dead silent”, Samurai Cop is one of the many poorly-acted 80s crime-busting martial arts movies that showed the rest of the world the ugly side of low-budget cinema.
The official trailer doesn’t give too much away, but that’s probably because less-is-more when you’re promoting a bad film and expect people to pay money for it. Much like Andy Colby’s Televised Madness above, I’ve included a recut trailer from Everything is Terrible which actually makes me want to watch the film.
The Ghanaian Collection – 2016 (Parts 1 & 2) / 12:00 (Parts 1, 2 & 3) / Obonsam Besu (Devil May Cry)
These have been doing the rounds online for a while now and no “bad movie trailer” article is complete without them. From the wonders of AGProductions in Ghana come these action-packed CGI-heavy spectacles which really have to be seen to be believed.
I’m not sure whether it’s the repeating announcer, unfathomably bad special effects or the overwhelming speed at which everything on screen takes place that makes these so special, but they’re an absolute must-see!
Jack and Jill (2011, George C. Scott Recut) [IMDB]
Partly written by and starring Adam Sandler (off to a flying start), Jack and Jill is one of those movies that’s just painful to sit down and watch. It could be Adam Sandler, it could be the fact that Al Pacino is involved (why?!) or it could be how well the author of this video illustrated the point.
I’ve cheated a bit here. The video below is indeed the Jack and Jill trailer, in its entirety, except it has been recut and interspersed with footage of George C. Scott’s tearful outburst from the 1979 film Hardcore. The results are wonderful.
Tiptoes (2003) [IMDB]
By far one of the most distasteful productions ever, Tiptoes is a new breed of comedy drama about dwarfism. Matthew McConaughey, dialogue such as “you could have told me your whole family were midgets” and the eventual “will my baby be a dwarf too?” plot are all reasons this movie thoroughly sucks.
Here’s a movie trailer to prove it.
Some of these films might be so bad they’re good – Samurai Cop will probably make you laugh more than some comedies – but then we’ve also got some real turkeys including C Me Dance and Tiptoes. If you’re wondering where The Room, Troll 2 and Birdemic are then you’ll need to check out the aforementioned bad movies article where you’ll find plenty of other sub-par productions.
If you have any hilariously bad films, clips or trailers you’d like to share then please leave a comment below!