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.

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Released in February of 2006, this reworking of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining into 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.
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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.
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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.
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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 as the spine-tingling tale of Scary Mary, actually kind of freaks me out. You watch it; I'll be hiding under the bed.
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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".
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Pixar movies can't be recut as anything but heartwarming family pictures. It's actually, literally impossible. They are far too thoroughly heartwarming and for-families. The longest such a trailer could be is about 15 seconds (this is based on careful study). But if what if you took the audio from the trailer for Christopher Nolan's moody and massively popular superhero flick, The Dark Knight, and reanimated it with clips from Toy Story 2? Well, then I might have some nightmares about Woody tonight.
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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.
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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!
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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? Well, somebody did, somehow. Putting the sarcasm aside, I think it's more fair to call this an "honest" trailer for The Wicker Man than a "comedy" trailer.
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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.
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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.
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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. I've always wondered what a little impressionistic weirdness would've done to Luke and company, but now what I really want to see is David Lynch's Dirty Dancing. Unsettling mystery oozes from the ponderous editing and oddly placed musical cues. And, of course, the mandatory backwards talking.
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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.
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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.
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Take away the psychosis, and basically everything else in the movie, and Taxi Driver is just a story about a guy in love. This version of the movie may not have inspired John Hinkley, but it just might've inspired the assassination… of loneliness.
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This trailer, which turns Dumb and Dumber's Lloyd Christmas into a dangerous stalker, shows that black and white can make stuff scarier, and that there's really no difference between Jim Carrey's serious acting and his comedy acting. Well, I guess the fact that people though The Cable Guy was a comedy already proved that. Maybe they should've made it in black and white.
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What makes Ghostbusters so great? The fact that it's funny as hell, but it still looks awesome as a serious action movie. At least with a little help from "Mind Heist", the BUUHHH-laden soundtrack to the trailer for Christopher Nolan's Inception. Enjoy the trailer, and start getting ready to pretend that the upcoming Ghostbusters III doesn't exist.
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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.

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Once again, as with Sleepless in Seattle, we see a solid execution of the romantic-comedy-with-Meg-Ryan-is-about-a-stalker genre. This time, though, America's one-time sweetheart is the stalkee, with Billy Crystal playing the secretly dangerous pursuer. Crystal isn't quite as believable as a crazy person as Ryan, but a well-timed shot of a filled stadium makes everything look super dramatic.
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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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