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The worst trailers ever

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These days at the cinema, after sitting through 20 minutes worth of ads before the trailers even begin, we're not always in the best of moods.

So it takes a little something special to stop us from sighing loudly in the dark at the injustice of it all. Sadly, time and time again, trailers let us down by either telling us the whole plot or causing mass headaches through aggressive use of noise.

But sometimes, they're so incredibly awful that they leave us grinning for all of the wrong reasons. Here are six of the best worst trailers ever:

2016

It's Alien meets Predator meets The Matrix meets The Terminator meets that fever dream you had when you got the flu last year. This Ghanaian action film boasts special effects that were probably done on a PC from the mid-90s but might win the award for the most amount of times a film's title has been screamed in a trailer. Best watched with the volume way down.

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C Me Dance

We'll give it to this one: we didn't see the twist coming. Starting off all soft, we're shown the story of a ballet dancer who finds herself stricken with cancer and the inability to act like a convincing human being. So far, so Sunday afternoon. But suddenly we're given this iconic line: "It's like God has chosen you. And if that's the truth? Man, this is going to tick off the devil!" The next thing we know, the devil arrives, heralded by a forceful thrust of sinister leaves and we're watching a horror movie. For teens though. Hence that cool textspeak title...

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Birdemic: Shock And Terror

Now, we're not completely convinced that this isn't one giant joke but the much discussed "romantic thriller" Birdemic still boasts one hell of a trailer. Moving swiftly from a deceptively simple, yet badly acted, set-up to an action-packed, yet badly acted, finale, we're given a horrific insight into the mind of director James Nguyen. Nguyen promoted the film at Sundance with rushed flyers that read 'WHY DID THE EAGLES AND VULTURES ATTACKED?' and directed people to 'BIDEMIC.COM'. Enough said.

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After Last Season

If anyone on the face of the earth can tell us what the hell this trailer is about then we'll create a diamond-encrusted medal, forged together with the tears of endangered black rhinos as a reward. Yes, this even includes anyone involved in the production of the film. P.S. Wouldn't after last season be this season?

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Julie and Jack

When you're after a deep, meaningful romantic movie, the last thing you want to hear is "from the director of Birdemic". This stilted trailer tells the story of two lovebirds and their painfully awkward relationship, with the help of badly translated title cards, such as "But this seemingly perfect love is more than he had visioned", and soppy muzak. Plus we're promised a cameo by Tippi Hedren, of The Birds fame, that would make Hitchcock frantically spin and weep simultaneously in his grave.

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Jack and Jill

Okay so this won't take long. Adam Sandler. Playing two roles. One is a woman. Al Pacino. Falls in love with this woman. Okay, we're done.

(Image: All Star)

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