A young couple (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) has just moved into their California dream home when they become the target of their next-door neighbor, who disapproves of their interracial relationship. A stern, single father, this tightly wound LAPD officer (Samuel L. Jackson) has appointed himself the watchdog of the neighborhood. His nightly foot patrols and overly watchful eyes bring comfort to some, but he becomes increasingly harassing to the newlyweds. These persistent intrusions into their lives causes the couple to fight back.
And now the poster:
No, seriously, that really is the poster. I didn't just make that myself on Photoshop using previously released movie stills, no sir. It is the actual poster for a movie being released in cinemas. As in, this poster will hang in the foyer of your local cinema. This poster. THIS poster.
Does anything on this poster make you think "Hey, it's a modern day twist on Straw Dogs or "Ooh, Samuel L Jackson is so scary!" or does it, as I suspect it will, say "Samuel L Jackson stars in a wacky sidesplitting comedy about a policeman who has been discharged from the force for accidentally letting three bank robbers get away while he snacked on doughnuts at Krispee Kreem across the street! He must now try and solve the case by himself after realising he has accidentally moved in right next door to the thieves! Hilarity ensues!! Someone from Saturday Night Live has a HILARIOUS cameo!!!" Really. Does anything about the plot I listed at the top come through with this poster? I don't think so.
I think Gus at Movie Poster Addict was right.
"I think my problem with the poster is that Jackson just doesn’t come across as that menacing"
And that's just half of it!