In the Wrong Theater? Blame Summer's Confusing Movie Titles
Even AMC Burbank mixed things up this week, putting up a digital poster of Oscar-nominated 2006 documentary "Deliver Us From Evil" instead of the new horror film "Deliver Us From Evil."
If you find yourself sitting in a theater this summer seeing the wrong movie, it's not your fault. There's a proliferation of titles that are all too similar, or at least naggingly familiar.
The Fourth of July horror film Deliver Us From Evil has the exact same name as the 2006 Oscar-nominated documentary Deliver Us From Evil, about a Catholic priest who admitted to molesting numerous children in Northern California. (There's a priest in the new Deliver Us From Evil, too, but his specialty is exorcisms.) And both titles are reminiscent of the moniker of the 2003 comedy Deliver Us From Eva.
Earlier this week, AMC Burbank itself got confused, putting up a digital poster of the indie 2006 documentary Deliver Us From Evil, instead of the new horror movie.
Here's a look at other summer movie title confusion.
Chef vs. Le Chef
Chef is Jon Favreau's food-truck comedy that's turned into an indie darling since its debut in May. The French film Le Chef began its platform run June 20, hoping for leftovers.
Yves St. Laurent vs. Saint Laurent
The first of the two competing biopics about the French designer, The Weinstein Co.'s Yves St. Laurent, opened in select theaters June 27. But don't confuse that film with the one that made its premiere in May at the Cannes Film Festival; that was Saint Laurent, which Sony Pictures Classics will release later this year.
Wish I Was Here vs. Wish You Were Here vs. Are You Here
It would be easy to mistake Joel Edgerton's thriller Wish You Were Here, which opened in select runs June 7, for Zach Braff's high-profile Kickstarter movie Wish I Was Here, which doesn't roll out until July 18. A month later, Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner's indie film Are You Here also launches.
Hercules vs. The Legend of Hercules
Hercules, opening nationwide July 25 and starring Dwayne Johnson, is not to be mixed up with The Legend of Hercules, which starred Kellan Lutz and bombed in theaters earlier this year.
A Most Wanted Man vs. The Almost Man vs. The November Man
Starring the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man starts rolling out July 25, followed a week later by the foreign film Almost Man. November Man, opening Aug. 29 and starring Pierce Brosnan, and Wanted Man are both political thrillers, although November Man touts much more action.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The superhero movie, debuting Aug. 1, sports the Marvel brand, but it might remind some moviegoers of two other studio films, Rise of the Guardians and Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole.
Get on Up vs. Step Up All In
The two musically minded films are opening only one week apart. Get on Up, the James Brown biopic directed by Tate Taylor, launches Aug. 1, followed on Aug. 8 by the fifth installment in the dance franchise.
Child of God vs. Son of God
Don't mistake Child of God, debuting in select theaters on Aug 8, for a faith-based film or for a sequel to Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's Christian movie Son of God, this year's blockbuster. Child of God is a crime drama directed by James Franco.
This movie, which Sony Pictures Classics will release in late August, isn't a 10th anniversary celebration of the classic romance film starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling, but a World War II drama about twins abandoned by their parents who live on the Hungarian border with their grandmother. It was Hungary's submission for the Oscar for best foreign language film.