Bad Lieutenant (2009)
What went wrong: Aside from the lack of lizards - so vital to Werner Herzog's barmy remake - this is a nice-looking poster... perhaps too nice. Eva Mendes's chest has been significantly, umm, enhanced via the magic of Photoshop. The results are unconvincing and probably a bit offensive.
First Look Studios
The Whole Ten Yards (2004)
What went wrong: A classic bad poster here - everything about it is just not quite right. A few lowlights: Bruce Willis' weirdly taut face and spindly ankles; Matthew Perry's head - which is too small for his body - and worst of all; Kevin Pollack's creepy dismembered hands that we're fairly sure don't belong to the actor. Also, what's with the chicken?
The Penthouse (2010)
What went wrong: A grab bag of amateurish Photoshop here. Each head rests unconvincingly on unconnected bodies; the bed appears to be hovering on a wooden floor; Kaley Cuoco's feet (second-from-right) were surely taken from a photo of someone standing up, and so on. Proves putting a drop shadow on something doesn't necessarily make it look convincing.
The Accidental Husband (2008)
What went wrong: Firstly, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Colin Firth aren’t even looking at the falling Uma Thurman. Much more worrying though are Firth’s hands - they're freakishly big compared to the rest of his suspiciously puny body.
Yari Film Group
What went wrong: A pretty cool poster here featuring lovely Ange, but take a closer look at the arm holding the gun. Either Mrs. Pitt really needs to start eating more, or the freakishly long/thin arm and hand don’t match up. Wanted: a new designer.
Bangkok Dangerous (2008)
What went wrong: Nicolas Cage's hair isn't the only thing that's fake on this poster. Check out his arms; one is disappearing into the side of his leather jacket, while the other, seemingly holding a gun, is emerging from a weird, unnatural angle. In fact, wait a minute; he’s not even holding a gun at all! Who knows what's going on here.
Sex and the City 2 (2010)
What went wrong: As you'd expect, the film's four creaking leads have been airbrushed to within an inch of their pampered lives in the poster. What we weren’t prepared for, and what is disturbing us very much indeed, is the fact that Kim Cattrall's got two elbows.
Warner Bros. Pictures
The Golden Boys (2009)
What went wrong: This forgotten and apparently terrible romantic comedy got an equally awful poster. Besides the duff tagline: 'The sea was their greatest love: and then they met her', the glaring mistake here is the dismembered arm holding up the umbrella over Muriel Hemingway. There's no way it belongs to David Carradine.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
What went wrong: On the surface this looks fine, it's stark and memorable showcasing the beautiful damsel in distress, the action (tears in the suit), the villain reflected in Spidey's eye and the city of New York in the background. Unfortunately it also looks like Kirsten Dunst's arm should be about two metres long to be able to put her hand on his shoulder like that. These professional designer folk have trouble with arms apparently.
My Best Friend's Girl (2008)
What went wrong: Another classic here that was so bad even the star slated it. Dane Cook (in the middle) took to his blog to compile a ten point list of mistakes. Criticisms included: "the left side of my face seems to be melting off of my skull", his "perfect porcelain flesh" and a stare that looks like his character has "fallen in love with a strand of Kate Hudson's hair". Well said.
Mad Money (2008)
What went wrong: Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes are okay, but look at Diane Keaton on the left. Her head is enormous, her right leg is at a horribly unnatural angle and her right arm is weirdly slender. We know the woman has a fantastic figure for her age, but COME ON!
What went wrong: Let's scan down from the top. Decent font to make the title stand out, Paul Bettany as an angel, this is quite good actua.... OH GOD THAT GUN! Could that sub-machine gun look any more fake? It's like somebody cut it out from a Texan Argos catalogue and stuck it onto his left hand with blu tac. Somebody better have been fired for letting the public see this.
Good Luck Chuck (2007)
What went wrong: Poor Dane Cook doesn't have much luck with movie posters, as he features in another shocker here. Supposedly referencing the iconic cover of Rolling Stone, which saw a nude John Lennon curling up with Yoko Ono, Cook looks more like some kind of alien parasite preparing to infect a blissfully vacant Jessica Alba. Unnatural and genuinely creepy.
Extraordinary Measures (2010)
What went wrong: Being an utterly boring poster that tells you nothing about the film isn’t actually the main crime here. Have a look at where Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser's shoulders meet. Should they really be overlapping like that? Umm, no, obviously.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
What went wrong: "Hey, how about we have a silhouette of Professor X and James McAvoy's face so people know this is a prequel but the characters are the same!" At some point in time somebody (a paid somebody) pitched this idea for a poster. It’s not necessarily a bad idea but the execution couldn't have possibly been worse. Just look at McAvoy's face! This is lazy in the extreme.
20th Century Fox
Crazy on the Outside (2010)
What went wrong: Exhibit a) the cut-out-looking characters behind the door - each with their own light source. Exhibits b) to z) Tim Allen. Check out the pasted-on head, optimistically buff body and oddly short arms. As if selling a Tim Allen movie wasn't tough enough already.