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Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

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Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

Taxi Driver as a rom-com, Mrs. Doubtfire as horror, and other reimagined classics.

Shining: A romantic comedy

The heartfelt tale of a failed writer (Jack) who adopts a smiling foster child, this is the recut movie trailer that started it all, way back in 2005. It’s very well-done, but in the end, no number of father-son hug clips set to Peter Gabriel songs can shake the terrifying out of this movie.

 

Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

Top Gun: A love story

Watching this, we get the feeling that most military buddy-comedies would seem pretty gay if set to Dido songs.

Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

Mrs. Doubtfire: A horror film

Some would say that when you put Robin Williams in a dress, there is already an element of terror, but this take on Mrs. Doubtfire is eerily effective. Beneath every sweet family comedy lurks a hirsute pedophile in stockings.

Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

Lord of the Rings: A film by Wes Anderson

The difference between a normal trailer and a Wes Anderson trailer is apparently just some upbeat, folksy guitar-rock. Finally, The Kinks are getting their due in Middle-earth.

Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

Saving Private Ryan: The comedy

Somehow someone found all the funny parts in Saving Private Ryan (were there any?) and made a quirky little trailer out of them. That wacky Private Ryan, always losing his way! From the director of The Terminal.

Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: A  drug-trafficking thriller

The conceit — Willy Wonka as a drug baron — is pretty funny, but honestly, it’s not such a stretch. Gene Wilder in the original was fantastic, yes, but also weird, manipulative, and deeply creepy.

Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

Taxi Driver: The romantic comedy

All you have to do to make a brilliant recut trailer is see the hidden potential in one iconic line. Here it’s “I’m standing here. You make the move.” After that, you just throw in the Sex and the City theme song and a boyish narrator and you’ve got it.

Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

Brokeback to the Future: A love story

We’ve seen all the countless takes on Brokeback Mountain, but one sticks out. When it comes to platonic buddy relationships on film, none has clearer romantic potential than Marty and Doc’s.

Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

Free Willy: The horror film

If you watch this one enough times, you almost forget that it was originally a kid’s movie with a Michael Jackson theme song. Dark underwater footage, killer whales, and little boys? We wonder how this was ever considered a family film.

Internet Meme Hall of Fame: Recut Movie Trailers

The Big Lebowski: A drama

Who cares that this trailer ruins the ending of the film? It shines the light on The Big Lebowski’s true star: Donny. We’re totally in that element.