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Pulse List 8 signs that a movie would probably be terrible

While one 'can't judge a book by its cover,' check out eight signs that a movie would probably be torture to watch.

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Whoever said you can't judge a book by its cover?

Nobody sets out to make a bad movie. Every filmmaker makes a film, hoping that their hard work is rewarded with critical acclaim, audience approval and box office record breaking feat.

But, at the end of the day, more bad films are made.

The thing about judging a movie before you see it is that you could be wrong. However, Pulse Movies has put together eight signs that a movie will be terrible - 80% of the time, these signs will not fail you.


Here we go;

1. Hideous Poster

Run. When you come across a movie poster that features photoshopped photos of its cast, just run.

If a filmmaker lacks creativity in something as simple as a movie poster, he or she is definitely not going to be assiduous enough to create a watchable story.

Sometimes, the photos are not photoshopped. Some posters are outrightly ridiculous and scream 'please don't spend your time and money on me.'


2. Wrong casting

There are actors that shouldn't be cast in a comedy movies, there are actors that shouldn't be cast in serious roles and there are actors that have no business being in action here.

Apart from a good story, the cast of a movie plays a significant role in the 'greatness' of a movie.

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3. Bad Dialogue

When you are presented with a movie trailer and all it has to offer are one liners, cheesy or typical conversations, be rest assured that the full movie won't be any different.

If a trailer, which is aimed at influencing the viewer's decision in favor of the movie, fails to feature intelligent conversations, you can be sure that the movie will be just as dumb, if not worse.


4. "From the producers of"

This may not always be a sign, but when unknown filmmakers promote a film by trying to get you to remember a previous good work of theirs, chances are that the movie will be a bad one.

"From the director of," "from those who brought you" is usually a downer. It takes away the 'excitement' that comes with anticipating a movie.

If a filmmaker isn't confident about his/her work and is trying to hype a movie based on how you feel about a previous work, why should you see it?


5. Bad trailer

When a trailer is lazy and lacks creativity - run.  A filmmaker that can't creatively come up with a well-cut trailer to attract you, will most likely release a lacklustre 90-minute movie.

A two-minute trailer that doesn't give you an idea

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6. It's a comedy movie, but the trailer says it's an action film

You know a movie will be bad when suddenly trailers for a comedy movie tries to make it look like a  cheesy action movie.

It's a different thing for a filmmaker to blend genres, but when a trailer confuses you as a viewer, just run far from the movie.

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Promotional poster for A Trip to Jamaica

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7. The trailer gives away an entire movie

A 120-minute movie can be summarized after seeing a two-minute trailer.  If a trailer spills every plot and you were able to summarize in two minutes, skip seeing the movie in a cinema, and save your money for the next movie.

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8. The trailer gives nothing away

Ever seen a trailer that is simply all over the place and teases nothing? That is a major sign of a bad movie.

A trailer is expected to feature selected details from a movie.

Therefore, a trailer that features nothing and leaves you wondering what the movie is about, is a sign of 120 minutes torture in a cinema hall.

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Teaser poster for "Lost in London"

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