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The Top 10 Best Recut Movie Trailers

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.

What are your favorite recut movie trailers? Let us know in the comments below or hit me up on Twitter!

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  1. If you love Judgment Night check out my recut:

  2. Euan says:

    Hi, I made a re-cut trailer myself of Toy Story as a psychological thriller. If you like it then give it a like and maybe subscribe.

  3. Amy says:

    I made a trailer recut of Wedding Crashers as a thriller. Check it out 🙂

  4. Colin says:

    This Modern Back to the Future is epic!!

  5. Colin says:

    Beetlejuice recut into a dramatic thriller

  6. Karl says:

    Can’t believe Brokeback to the Future wasn’t on this list… that’s my fave…. though I do love Shining!

  7. Jood42 says:

    I’m quite fond of Back the the Future as a romance between Marty and Doc Brown. All those meaningful gazes!

  8. Sean says:

    One of my favorites is actually on the special features part of the dvd for You, Me and Dupree where they portray it as a psychological thriller and do a great job of making Matt Dillon look absolutely nuts.

  9. Drew says:

    We can nominate ourselves? Then who wouldn’t love Nick Cage and Travolta

  10. alan says:

    I’d like to nominate myself for honorable mention.

  11. RG says:

    I’m particularly fond of Taxi Driver as a romantic comedy, especially because, for about an hour, it almost IS…

  12. Colin says:

    I think my favorite is Top Gun recut as a same-sex romance between Maverick and Iceman.

  13. NYCrex says:

    They are all very clever, but singing Jaws is just awesome. Can we get Sharknado the Musical?