20 Recut Movie Trailers You Have To See

Comedy is horror! Thrillers inspire! Action is love!

YouTube has given us many new art forms besides uncomfortably-close-shot-of-person's-face-boring-the-hell-out-of-you. One of these is the re-edited movie trailer, where movies we know and love (or don't love) are recut into into two or three minute trailers for movies with a completely different plot – with hilarious results. Still, this is YouTube we're talking about, so there's a lot of garbage out there. We've saved you some trouble and picked out the 20 best.

01
of 20

Shining

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Released in February of 2006, this reworking of Stanley Kubrick's

The Shining
Shining

, an uplifting family picture, showed how narration and music, along with cherry-picked clips, can make a well-known movie look like something entirely different. It's possible that a majority of the trailers on this list never would've existed without this one.

02
of 20

Mrs. Doubtfire

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A thriller plot for Mrs. Doubtfire practically writes itself. It doesn't edit itself, though, which is why a YouTube user was kind enough to give us what we've all wanted for years: Robin Williams, dangerous pedophile. And really, considering the implausibility of a man's children not recognizing him because he's in drag, this movie is

way

more realistic.

03
of 20

The Terminator

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Sarah Connor has to choose between a cold, insensitive man-boyfriend or the T-1000, who is literally cold, but figuratively warmer. There's one scene in particular that really drives this one home, so to speak. I won't spoil it for you, but it more than makes up for omission of The Miracles'

Love Machine

.

04
of 20

Scary Mary

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Most of the trailers in which a whimsical or comedic movie are turned into horror are played for laughs. But this, a re-imagining of

Mary Poppins
Scary Mary

, actually kind of freaks me out. You watch it; I'll be hiding under the bed.

05
of 20

PG 300

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300 is a bloody, profane, and mostly-naked tale of war and (unfortunate, tacked-on) political intrigue. But shouldn't the kiddies get to learn ludicrously inaccurate history through cinema, too? Damn right, they should. And so, PG 300. This one has a very low "looks like an actual movie" rating, but it's through the roof on "hilarious".

06
of 20

Toy Story 2 ft. The Dark Knight

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Pixar movies

can't
The Dark Knight
Toy Story 2

? Well, then I might have some nightmares about Woody tonight.

07
of 20

George

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This trailer convincingly portrays "Seinfeld"'s George Costanza as a grieving widower and enthusiastic participant in the Big Brother program. It just goes to show, with almost 70 hours of footage to work with, you can even make George Constanza look like a good person. So let's all hope St. Peter is a generous editor.

08
of 20

Serenity Now

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Another top-tier "Seinfeld" movie trailer,

Serenity Now

casts Jerry's irritating neighbor, Newman, as a true face of evil. The Veils' "Vicious Traditions" lends this trailer a really cool, dark mood, and the choice of clips is pitch-perfect - both in driving a story and avoiding shots which too closely resemble a three-camera sitcom. I would watch this!

09
of 20

The Wicker Man

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A movie where Nicolas Cage looks confused all the time, constantly sucker punches women, wears a bear suit, and screams about bees.

How are you going to make a comedy trailer out of that?
The Wicker Man

than a "comedy" trailer.

10
of 20

Sleepless in Seattle

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There's always something a little "off" about romantic comedies, isn't there? Like, how if people in real life acted like characters in these films, they would be considered really creepy, possibly criminally so? Well, just imagine if there was also

scary thriller music

involved. Then you'd have this.

11
of 20

Uncle Buck

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I feel like the idea of John Candy's Uncle Buck as a psychotic murderer was already explored in a 1990 issue of MAD. But, given that we're talking about MAD, I doubt it featured the subtlety and flawless execution of this trailer, which is possibly the most believable on the list.

12
of 20

David Lynch's Dirty Dancing

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Many movie buffs have lamented that David Lynch, George Lucas's original choice, never got a chance to direct the finale of the original Star Wars trilogy,

Return of the Jedi
Dirty Dancing

. Unsettling mystery oozes from the ponderous editing and oddly placed musical cues. And, of course, the mandatory backwards talking.

13
of 20

Reservoir Turtles

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For men born between 1980 and 1986, this trailer represents a hybrid of the most common posters the walls of their childhood bedrooms and their freshman year dorms. The turtles wear specific colors, they're violent, and Steeler's Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle" makes anything seem cool as hell. This really works. Or maybe I just think that because I was born in 1984.

14
of 20

Wonka: Drug Baron

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Quick, what answers both of the following questions: What's the only thing more addictive than Willy Wonka's candy? And, what were the people who made

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

on? The answer is drugs. Sweet, sweet, psychoactive drugs. So this trailer pumps the original to another level by making Gene Wilder's eccentric candyman a happy-go-lucky drug kingpin.

15
of 20

Taxi Driver

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Take away the psychosis, and basically everything else in the movie, and

Taxi Driver
of loneliness

.

16
of 20

Lurk and Lurker

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This trailer, which turns

Dumb and Dumber
The Cable Guy

was a comedy already proved that. Maybe they should've made it in black and white.

17
of 20

Ghostbusters (without jokes)

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What makes

Ghostbusters
still looks awesome
Inception
Ghostbusters III

doesn't exist.

18
of 20

Home Alone

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You'd think it wouldn't be too hard to make Home Alone into a horror movie, seeing as how it's about a couple of dangerous criminals invading the home of an abandoned nine-year-old. But this trailer takes the long way around, using Kevin's anger at his family as the motivation for a killing spree. If you want to watch this movie, it sort of actually exists.

19
of 20

When Harry Met Sally

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Once again, as with

Sleepless in Seattle
everything

look super dramatic.

20
of 20

Good Will Hunted

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Take footage from early Matt Damon and make it thematically similar to mid-period Matt Damon? Check. Make Robin Williams look like a dangerous person, which we all know he really is? Check. Flawless choices of out-of-context dialogue to create an alternate plot? Check. Perfect minor adjustment to the title? Check and mate.

This article was updated by Beverly Jenkins on July 19, 2016.

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