A movie poster is supposed to entice a person to want to see a film, but it doesn’t always achieve this desired effect. And in such unfortunate cases, a keen eye will notice something slightly off, and the given poster will become known for its Photoshop fail more than the movie it’s promoting. Need proof? Well, the following 20 hilarious mistakes mean you’ll never look at these promotional posters the same way again.
20. A Photoshop fail larger than Mr Big
Sex and the City 2 received little love from critics and audiences on its initial release. But perhaps they were primed to dislike the movie by this unfortunate poster, which features a cluster of bent elbows and arms on its right-hand side. Sorry, Kim Cattrall, but you appear to have multiple limbs and joints.
19. Harry Potter and the dangerous floating head
The tagline of this poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 advises us to “trust no one.” And that advice should have applied to the artists responsible for this image. For one thing, Harry Potter appears to be inside of a fast-moving subway car with an open door, which can’t be safe. But worse yet, his head is somehow outside of the door frame, while his body is located behind Hermione, who is inside the carriage. The mind boggles.
18. Disaster in the kitchen
The movie Chef tells the tale of a man who quits his restaurant job and opens a food truck to recapture his culinary creativity. But finesse such as that was not extended to this movie poster. It appears, after all, that each actor’s face has been copied from a paparazzi shot and pasted onto someone else’s body. We barely recognized Robert Downey, Jr.
17. The dumb knight
The Dark Knight is the fourth-highest-rated film on IMDb. So we’d like to think that its hero, Batman, is bright enough to take in a view of Gotham without difficulty. And yet this promo image has him standing directly in front of the window frame as he peers out. How will he see the bat signal from there?
16. Her arm is Going the Distance
In Going the Distance, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long star as a couple in a long-distance relationship – hence the title. But what is inexplicable is the way Barrymore is holding Long in a poster for the movie. Just look: her arm is bent at a low angle, and yet she’s still able to reach his shoulder. That’s a big Photoshop fail.
15. Tiny problem: no teeth
Gulliver’s Travels brings the titular character to an island where the residents are a few inches tall. This makes for a great storyline, but this movie poster? Not so much. That’s mostly because the illustrator appears to have removed all of Jack Black’s teeth – despite the fact that anyone’s pearly whites would be showing with their mouth in that position.
14. A whole ten minutes picture editing
It’s hard to make a sequel that’s as good as the original, and, according to online reviews for The Whole Ten Yards, this one missed the mark. Another fail cropped up in this promotional poster that features slim, hairless legs – one of which gives way to an oddly bent front foot. Oh, and they’re supposed to belong to Bruce Willis.
13. Bad Photoshop, Chuck
This poster for Good Luck Chuck sees Dane Cook and Jessica Alba imitating an iconic Rolling Stone cover featuring John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The only problem is, Lennon and Ono’s cover came from an actual photograph. Here, the movie poster’s Photoshopped heads and bodies just make it look creepy.
12. Forgotten Photoshop
This one isn’t a fail in the traditional sense; there’s not something added or edited in an unnatural way. It actually appears as if the graphic designer for this Bangkok Dangerous poster simply forgot to Photoshop something into the image. Specifically, Nicolas Cage’s hand appears like it should be holding a weapon – even though there’s no gun to be seen.
11. I don’t wanna hold your hand
X-Men fans will know the movie Logan, which follows Wolverine as his self-healing power slips away. But perhaps they won’t know that this movie poster has its own issue. You see, the proportions of Wolverine’s hand to the child’s hand are way off. Her palm appears small… and yet her fingers are long enough to wrap around his hand.
10. The Heat’s tiny head
Melissa McCarthy was Photoshopped almost beyond recognition in this U.K. poster for The Heat. She’s actually pictured with a smaller head and slimmer neck. But after audiences noticed, McCarthy jokingly blamed the error on her husband. She also vowed to go headless in her next poster to avoid controversy.
9. The amazing Mary Jane
Why does Spider-Man get all of the credit? Sure, he swings from building to building, fights off bad guys and protects his city. But check out Mary Jane in this poster for Spider-Man 2. It looks like she’s grown her arm to an extra-long proportion so that she can bend it at a low angle and still hold her hero’s shoulder. Amazing!
8. Wanted: an explanation for this Photoshop fail
Once again, a lengthy limb sparked a conversation about a movie poster. In this Wanted poster, after all, Angelina Jolie’s arm and its appendages have a lot of questionable characteristics. Her shoulder seems to jut from her face, for one thing, and her arm gives way to a sprawling forearm, for another. She’s also clutching her gun with a very long thumb.
7. Grab Life by the leg
The Life As We Know It poster-making team must not have thought about depth perception when they Photoshopped this fail. Because stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel surely shouldn’t appear to be on the same plane. This makes her reach for the baby seems like it could be a grab for his leg.
6. The not-so-accidental forearm chop
For starters, this poster for The Accidental Husband makes it clear that all three stars were unavailable to shoot promo photos on the same day. Why else would Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Uma Thurman and Colin Firth be poorly placed side by side? But Firth’s short forearm is also in no way proportional to his body. If only he had been holding the bouquet in real life.
5. Lara Croft sticks her neck out
Alicia Vikander looks like a bona fide action hero on this movie poster for Tomb Raider, in which she plays Lara Croft. But closer examination reveals that someone may have gone a bit too far in editing her to look imposing. Her neck is not only extra-long, but it also has an almost inhuman curvature to it.
4. Where there’s fire, there’s a Photoshop fail
This character poster for Jeffrey Dean Morgan in Watchmen is the stuff that Photoshop fail dreams are made of. Exhibit A: he’s lighting his cigar with a blow torch, but his thumb has disappeared from the device’s trigger. That’s pretty unfortunate since, you know, you have to ignite a torch to make it work.
3. Over her knee-less body
Eva Longoria’s family heritage traces back to Spain and native American tribes. So many felt that this Photoshop job airbrushed over that history by lightening the color of her skin. Yet what’s undeniable is the fact that the editor deemed it necessary to blur away her knee caps.
2. Blonde Bombshell: Bad Photoshop
Once again, it appears we have a case of an absent star Photoshopped into a movie poster. Because even though Denise Richards looks like an organic part of this picture, Pamela Anderson’s head and legs seem to be cut-and-pasted into it. What’s more, Anderson’s only five-foot seven in real life, so those legs are pretty lengthy for someone of her stature.
1. Who’s got two thumbs and failed at Photoshop?
This Photoshop fail for this The Babysitter poster is very subtle, but it’s easy to find once you mimic the character’s pose. So once you cross your arms behind your back and place your palms up, you’ll notice that your pinkies touch and both thumbs are on the outside. That’s how keen eyes realized that this horror movie poster featured two right hands. Scary, indeed.