Saturday, January 8, 2011

Movie Posters Accidentally Gone Wrong

It's like that Aragorn scene in Lord of the Rings:
"The orcs are attackiiiing!" What? Wrong movie, sorry.
Somewhere in designing this poster someone just thought it would be funny. Then it actually got approved, and then before you know it it's on display all over the place. At least that's the only explanation I can think of for why a Bible story would get, first of all, a name like One Night With the King, making the main character sound like a hooker, or second how it then got the tagline, "Feel the touch of destiny". 

The movie is about the Biblical story of Esther, and the actress who plays the titular character has been on quite a few shows, and a few crap movies. More impressive is the line-up of supporting actors: Peter O'Toole, John Noble, John Rhys-Davies, and Omar Sharif, goodness gracious!
"Come here and feel the touch of destiny, my child..."
 Before you panic, none of these guys is the king who's supposedly touching Esther with his "touch of destiny". Yes, I exhaled that same sigh of relief. That guy is played by pretty boy Brit, Luke Goss, who's in a band and done some acting work. Whatevs. None of it is enough to save this poster from being made an example of. As if the title weren't bad enough the tagline makes it that much worse. The title is forgivable, but packaged with the tagline it's unforgettably sexual in a way that takes a Bible story about a queen trying to keep a king from mass murdering all her peeps, specifically the Jewish people, and turns it into a one-night stand. Oops.

Released in 2006, the movie cost an estimated $20,000,000 to make, and promptly lost money. That's what you get with limited advertising and a tagline like "Feel the touch of destiny". I mean come on.

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