I was saddened to discover that a phony trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained has been posted on YouTube. I’ll admit that the trailer was well done, leading many, including myself, to believe it was the real thing. Normally a fairly perceptive individual, I was fooled by the title of the video: Django Unchained – Official Trailer 2012 (Quentin Tarantino) [HD]. As a lover of film, I am appreciative of the many “homegrown” trailers put together as homages to directors, actors, and films. What I don’t understand is why someone would go through what obviously took a lot of time just to trick people.
Like anyone who was duped and realizes it afterwards, I was both embarrassed and angry. Believing at the time that the trailer was the real deal, I spent a couple of hours writing a blog post that I subsequently took down so I wouldn’t lead others down the same path I followed.
I’ll use this blog entry as warning to never trust titles on YouTube again. Also, to avoid the trap I fell into, there are two ways to check for phony trailers: First, visit the IMDB page for the movie. If you don’t see a trailer link then any potential trailer on the web is fake. Second, check the comments section of the video. Most likely other annoyed movie fans will comment on the authenticity.
Finally, I question the motive behind posting this video with the misleading title on YouTube. I honestly would have nodded my cap in appreciation if it were made overtly clear that it was in fact a tribute and not the real trailer. Perhaps this was the case and other users changed the name and reposted the trailer to trick gullable fans such as myself. If your goal in doing this was to fool people and waste their time, then congratulations you’ve succeeded, I just have one question for you then, if you get your rocks off tricking people like this, then I wonder who the sucker really is?