You’ve seen the real films, now watch the films that they could have been. Family-friendly comedies transforms into nightmarish horror. Unsettling thrillers turn into lighthearted romps. Stanley Kubrick metamorphosizes into pretty much anything and everything else. Seriously, people love to recut Kubrick. Like NASA did with that moon landing. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go get punched in the face by Nerdist podcast guest Buzz Aldrin, so kindly direct your attention below at the cornucopia of recut creativity.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail as a modern day blockbuster
It’s difficult to imagine Monty Python’s 1975 magnum opus of medieval silliness as a modern day blockbuster, but YouTube’s Stéphane Bouley is never one to say die, or “Ni!” for that matter, and the result is this trailer that would be at home amidst the Oblivions and the Elysiums of the world.
Jaws as a Disney musical
In the most inspiring, feel-good tale of terrifying creatures with inconceivable singing talent since Susan Boyle, 1975’s classic Jaws gets a musical makeover from Italianoboyuk, turning it into a whale of a different tale. “$10,000 for me by myself. For that you get the head, the choreography, the whole damn American Idol championship!”
The Shining as a romantic comedy
This is a piece of vintage Internet right here, courtesy of neochosen. At seven years old, The Shining recut as a romantic comedy remains one of the single best recut trailers around, especially when the sweet strains of “Solsbury Hill” kick in.
Mrs. Doubtfire as a psychological thriller
There’s nothing inherently creepy about an estranged father wearing prosthetic makeup and a fat suit and pretend to be their new British nanny in order to get closer to them despite losing a custody battle, right? We didn’t think so either, at least if Robin Williams was involved. Peter Javidpour must have seen Williams at his creepiest in One Hour Photo and realized the truly spine-chilling potential that lay untapped in Mrs. Doubtfire.
2001: A Space Odyssey as a modern blockbuster
Speaking of Kubrick, didn’t you find yourself bored to tears by the boring ass strains of Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra”? Film School Rejects did, so they added in the requisite wub-wub-wubstep that has come to define modern sci-fi/action movie trailers. “Wait for the drop? I’m afraid I can’t allow you to do that.”
Back to the Future as a horror/thriller
In the original Back to the Future, Dr. Emmett Brown is a certified kook, to be sure, but he’s a lovable kook, like your weird uncle who tells you about his “Obama is a Freemason lizardman” conspiracy theories at Thanksgiving dinner. But if you tweak the film’s score and add in some terrifying quick cuts, Doc Brown transforms from absent-minded scientist to calculating, control freak killer powered by 1.21 jigawatts of pure terror. “Hey Chuck! This is Marvin. Your cousin, Marvin Berry. You know that new sound you’re looking for? Well, listen to this! *bloodcurdling screams*”
The Ten Commandments as a teen comedy
No list would be complete without the sheer Moses-filled majesty of 10 Things I Hate About Commandments, a recut trailer that repurposes the classic 1954 Charlton Heston film The Ten Commandments into a raucous teen comedy.
The Terminator as a chick flick
Don’t let the goofy voiceover throw you – this heartfelt twist on Terminator gives Sarah Connor her most difficult choice yet: Does she get with her man, a time-traveling dreamboat, or a cybernetic murderbot designed only to love. This is a real
Sophie’s Sarah’s choice and it’s only made better by the delightfully hammy soundtrack.
Full Metal Jacket as a feelgood movie
What is it about Stanley Kubrick films that just beg for enterprising YouTubers to recut and remix them? Dondrapersayswhat saw past R. Lee Ermey’s more colorful phrases and Kubrick’s ruminations on the futility of war to see Full Metal Jacket for what it really is, an inspirational The Blind Side-style tale of a man realizing his true potential thanks to the kindness of others.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as a horror film
To be perfectly honest, Willy Wonka is already pretty goddamn scary when you think about it. He’s like the X-Men villain Arcade, except his X-Men are children and his Murderworld is full of candy. And that psychedelic boat ride? Jesus Taffy Christ, that’s some unnerving stuff. Thankfully, Sabbz22 saw past its candy-coated family-friendly facade and reimagined the Gene Wilder classic as something far more sinister.
Secret eleventh video! Mary Poppins as a horror movie.
The recut trailer that kicked off this whole craze. We’re not putting this one on the official list because it’s in a class all by itself. A seriously scary class.
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