These days, it’s hard to find any movie which doesn’t have at least three to four trailers, a dozen TV spots, and a handful of featurettes and clips. If you decide to watch all of those, you’ve probably seen too much.
In fact, there are some trailers which take this worrying trend even further. Rather than just showing us too much from a movie, they instead drop a major spoiler smack bang in the middle of the preview you’re watching. Sometimes you’ll realise, but other times, it won’t hit you until you’re watching the movie itself.
That’s the worst kind of feeling, especially when it’s a major twist or the reveal that someone who “dies” isn’t actually dead because you’ve already seen scenes featuring them later on in the movie. It’s infuriating.
Here, we pick just ten of the very worst examples of trailers to have spoiled the movies they’re showcasing…
10. Terminator: Salvation
This is a franchise which has a history of dropping spoilers in its trailers. For example, despite the fact that James Cameron structured Terminator 2 specifically so we weren’t sure which Terminator was the evil one until they came face to face for the first time, the sequel’s trailer wasted no time in making it clear for moviegoers.
Jump ahead to many years later, and an even bigger blunder was made for the widely criticised Terminator: Salvation. The reveal that Sam Worthington’s death row inmate was a Terminator should have been one of the movie’s most shocking moments, but this trailer spoiler spelled everything out for audiences (including the fact that he was programmed to believe he’s human), saving nothing good for the film.