Movie trailers show us the version of a movie filmmakers most want us to see. They set the tone, introduce the characters, and hopefully grab our attentions enough that we’ll run out to theaters and buy a whole bunch of tickets.
But, as you’ll see in the following trailer recuts, a simple change in editing, a little twist in tone, can make all the difference. Here are five (mostly) ordinary movies recut into horrors and thrillers.
Willy Wonka Recut
“One delusional man. One normal factory. One. Will. Live.”
To be honest, I think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is plenty creepy on its own, but YouTuber Sabbz22 went the extra mile to make it that much creepier. And now that I mention it, I think it’s about time I force myself to rewatch The Witches.
A deranged lunatic dressed as an elf shows up at the office of Walter Hobbs, claiming to be his son. What begins as an odd annoyance quickly turns into a battle of life and death.
Actually, I think I may have just summarized the actual movie. Well, here’s the horror recut by CineFix, anyway
National Lampoon’s ‘Clark’
Every family has a secret.
This trailer recut unveils the true nature of one Clark Griswold, a man on the edge at Christmas time. Who will survive? Who will perish? Everyone will know his name.
Sleepless In Seattle Gets Dark
“What do you think happens to someone after they die?”
Here we see a slightly tweaked variation of 1993’s Sleepless In Seattle, in which Meg Ryan plays a “ruthless stalker” who tracks down Sam Baldwin after his son, Jonah, gives out their contact info to a shady radio network.
Pee-Wee’s Creepy Adventure
“Don’t leave the house today.”
Who is Pee-Wee Herman? An ordinary man? An eccentric? A murderer? This trailer recut envisions Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure as a horror thriller, following the twisted mind of a serial killer as he travels across the United States. He just wants his bike back.