VIDEO: Top 10 Bad Movie Taglines

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In this installment of Good Bad Flicks, Cecil examines an affliction that can strike both good movies and bad movies: terrible slogans getting slapped on the poster by clueless studio marketing departments. In this video, Cecil counts down the 10 worst one-line blurbs ever used to sell a movie!

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  • handsome pete

    The excessive coyness of the Deliverance tagline seems really presumptuous and misplaced. Someone going by the poster alone could be forgiven for expecting more of an action-adventure-comedy thing.
    And I really like the Flesh Eaters one because it makes me imagine the filmmaker as this wacky Samuel Goldwyn type of character.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Yikes. I can imagine some folks going to the movies and expecting a buddy film, only to get…Deliverance.

  • Sillstaw

    It seems a little bit of a cheat to use DVD covers.

    The original tagline from the poster of “The Invention of Lying” is “In a world where everyone can only tell the truth… this guy can lie.” Which is still somewhat redundant, but at least explains the concept and explains why he would need to invent it.

    And the taglines on IMDb for “Hercules in New York” are even more absoludicrous. “Boys! Girls! It’s Big Fun!” Okay.

    • Sillstaw

      Also, do you think the “Flesh Eaters” people meant to say “paralyzed with fear” and got mixed up somehow?

      • Cecil_Trachenburg

        Most likely that was what happened. Probably the guy in charge of marketing the film mixed up the sayings. Unless back in the 60s the saying was “sterilized with fear”.

      • I almost want to start using sterilized with fear and see who notices.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Well, I figured if it was used to promote the movie it was fair game.

      That other Hercules in NY tag is hilariously stupid. Somebody should use it on their wedding invitations. lol

  • Synonym

    I don’t see the Freaks tagline as being bad. At the time the movie was released, little people were still nothing more than exploitation fodder at best, so having one be the main character was something different (just like everything else in that movie); I doubt there were many romances between midgets and “normals” at that point, and especially not many well-known ones. Also, the tagline is actually about the plot of the film, not just a slightly offensive non-sequitor.

    (Freaks was a really interesting movie, everyone should watch it. Oddly progressive for what it was)

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Freaks is a very odd movie. I definitely makes you uncomfortable at points.

      Yeah, the tagline made sense in the context of the film. It does make me laugh though, even though when it was first used marrying a midget was major taboo.

  • Bart_Fargo

    Dracula’s Daughter: “She gives you that weird feeling!”

    Don’t Go in the Woods Alone: “Everyone has nightmares about the ugliest way to die.”

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Those are both new to me and both really bad. LOL

      “She gives you that weird feeling?” Like when we used to climb the rope in gym class?

  • Ocean’s 12: “12 is the new 11!” Also, 6 is the new 5 and Pi is the new 3! Please calibrate your equipment accordingly!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg


      I enjoyed the first remake of Oceans 11 but after that they just drowned in a sea of pretentiousness. The sequels seemed to be overflowing with smug, which was a shame because I really like Matt Damon and Scott Caan.

  • Gunflyer

    It’s too bad there isn’t a movie with the tagline “You’re dead, your friends are dead, your family’s dead, your pets are being skinned alive, your mom’s a whore, you suck at life, the whole world hates you, you’re going to hell, live with it, game over.”

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Perhaps that will make it as the tagline for the AVGN movie? That would be awesome.

  • MephLord

    Alien Vs Ninja: Seriously.

    Star Trek V: Why are they putting seatbelts in theatres this Summer? (great bad tagline to a great bad movie)

    Stealth: Fear the Sky

    That was just off the top of my head for pure awesomeness. An honorable mention goes to Wing Commander: An Action Packed Thrill Ride!

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Holy crap, I thought the Star Trek one was a joke but its the real tagline. Amazing. LOL

  • FullofQuestions1

    I found “Case 39” in a video store two days ago. The tagline: “Some cases should never be opened.”

    Wow, you know a movie is going to suck when the cover gives you a reason not to watch it.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      When they are phoning it in with taglines this bad maybe they should just stop them altogether? 

  • FullofQuestions1

    This one isn’t bad per se, just weird- Under the Piano: How many ways can a mother suffocate her child?

    • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

      1002 maybe?

  • Jdurham2

    There’s a movie or doco where the Tagline is “Only the MOST SHOCKING parts are true”.  Or something like that.  So what do we make of that? The boring intro explaining the synopsis is actually the opposite of what we’re about to watch, or that which we don’t find shocking is just superfluous add-on to extend the length of time it runs in order to be considered ‘feature-length’ (Sortof like the end 13 minutes of credits in Titanic: The Legend Goes On).  Oh my god that movie is not even so bad its good…..its just bad, VERY bad.  So bad that I want to kill stuff after it…………Had the same feeling after watching the spaghetti Western ‘Trinity’ (or they still f*cking call him Trinity).  I was actually angry at the actors for thinking the shit they were doing in that film was actually worthy of being viewed at all.