5 Surprisingly Crappy Trailers from Classic 80’s Comedies

Better Off Dead

It happens to be my opinion that a trailer is a very dangerous way to measure potential interest in a movie.  The reason I say this is because generally a trailer is a compilation of bits and pieces from what’s considered the movie’s best parts.  And I think comedies are where this is most apparent.

Nothing’s worse than when you see a trailer for a comedy and there are 3 funny parts in the whole movie…all of which you saw in the trailer.  On the other hand, trailers can be hilarious when looked back at.  You see a trailer for a movie you loved and think to yourself….really?  That was the trailer?

Trust me guys, these trailers from the following 5 movies will have you thinking stuff like…”they used that music for this?”  and “what the hell?”



Just listen to the music here.  Is there any way after seeing this you could possibly realize this would be one of the most recognized comedies of all time?  I still can’t get over this music.  It just sounds like a dinky little comedy.  Barely any sex appeal.  They really needed to add more Kenny Loggins here.

The Breakfast Club


Again, what’s with the music?  No “Don’t you forget about me?”  It’s amazing how NOT pumped up I’d be to see this movie.  Plus the editing here is horrible.  And when did LaFontaine get into the trailer business?  Must have been after the 80’s because this guy sucked.

Sixteen Candles


Really?  No hardcore featuring of Long Duk Dong?  I have to say though, one thing I do like about this trailer is that all the best parts of the movies aren’t even featured.  At least going into the movie one probably wouldn’t expect much.  That is of course assuming that most trailers back then were decent, which is a bad assumption.

Revenge of the Nerds


The whole Star Wars thing?  Come on.  Again, this music.  This trailer does not even come close to capturing the amazingness that is Revenge of the Nerds.  “One of these days we’ll turn it around.  The time has come for Revenge of the Nerds!”

Better off Dead


This is just unacceptable.   It’s like this dopey sounding sob story and you’re supposed to just feel bad for the guy.  There’s almost no comedy here.  Well I at least don’t really feel that way.  I have to say though.  Making a trailer for a Savage Steve Holland movie can’t be easy.