The 25 Most Ridiculous Movie Promotional Photos of All Time
Between advances in CGI and the rise of the superhero blockbuster, they just don’t make movies like they used to. There’s one element in particular that’s gone the way of the animatronic dinosaur: The promotional photo shoot. This is where the studio would get the cast members together to take some pics to publicize the film, removing almost all of the context from the movie itself. The cheesy end result was always the same, and if you didn’t know any better, you’d think you were looking at someone’s Olan Mills family portrait or maybe one of those stock photos that came in the picture frame you bought at Sears. Whether you’re unfamiliar with the good ol’ movie promo shoot, or you’ve simply forgotten about this absurd practice, we’ve collected 25 of the most ridiculous promo pics of all time (OK, mostly the ’80s and ’90s) for your viewing pleasure.
In the list below, you’ll find photos promoting everything from Batman and Robin to Total Recall, and featuring notorious serial offenders like Michelle Pfeiffer, Cher, and Mel Gibson. Browse through to see our picks for the absolute silliest movie promo photos — especially the last one, which is peak ridiculous:
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