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30 Most Confusing Movie Titles

Stoker (2013)

Sounds Like: The biopic of a famous, vampire-obsessed novelist. Doesn’t actually contain vampires.

Actually Is: Well, there aren’t any vampires, but there’s no Bram Stoker either. Instead, there’s Mia Wasikowska going kill crazy under the malign influence of Matthew Goode…

Honey, I Blew Up The Kid (1992)

Sounds Like: A harrowing domestic drama dealing with a couple’s grief at the loss of their child in a terrible gas explosion.

Actually Is: A chucklesome family comedy in which silly old Rick Moranis transforms his young son into a car-squashing behemoth.

Straw Dogs (1971)

Sounds Like: A Pinocchio-esque fairytale about a lonely inventor who creates some four-legged friends for himself out of some straw. And would you believe it? They come to life!

Actually Is: A harrowing tale of rural terror, as some angry bumpkins decide to turn Dustin Hoffman’s new life in the country into a living nightmare.

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Sounds Like: The last ever outing for hockey enthusiast Jason Voorhees. Farewell old friend!

Actually Is: The fourth film in a series of twelve (and counting). Hmmm.

Scary Movie (2000)

Sounds Like: We could be in store for a genuinely frightening horror film.

Actually Is: A genuinely unfunny spoof. Of a film that was kind of a spoof in the first place.

There Be Dragons (2011)

Sounds Like: A swords-and-sorcery-packed quest movie in which a diminutive hero must journey to a dangerous land in order to save the kingdom.

Actually Is: A historical epic set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, a conflict notorious for its lack of dragons.

Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch (1982)

Sounds Like: The next instalment in the Michael Myers story, with the white-faced ghoul going on another rampage.

Actually Is: An entirely unrelated tale of horror, with Myers nowhere to be seen. Hmm.

Whip It (2009)

Sounds Like: A sadomasochistic saga in which an innocent young girl discovers the illicit pleasures of BDSM when she starts up an affair with a wealthy businessman.

Actually Is:
A perky high-school sports movie about a roller-derby team.

Tyrannosaur (2011)

Sounds Like: A Jurassic Park spin-off in which we follow the adventures of that ferocious T-Rex as she prowls Isla Nublr with no humans to get in her way.

Actually Is: A hard-hitting tale of domestic abuse, starring a very angry Peter Mullan but no dinosaurs.

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Sounds Like: The account of a backwoods hunter’s ongoing duel with an elusive buck. Who will emerge on top?

Actually Is: A stark account of the horrors of the Vietnam war. Where are all the deer?

George is GR's resident movie news person, based out of London. He understands that all men must die, but he'd rather not think about it.