Everyone's freaking out about this incredible fake Netflix trailer for 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'

A Series of Unfortunate EventsEleanora Poe/YouTubeThe distinct eye tattoo that can be found on Count Olaf’s ankle.

In 2004, a big screen adaptation of the extremely popular book series Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” received a lukewarm reception and squashed any chances of a sequel. 

However, Netflix, which has a habit of picking up cancelled properties, greenlit a TV series based on the series

Very little details are known about the series so far. It remains a guessing game as to whom will get the honour of playing Count Olaf.

A Series of Unfortunate EventsEleanora Poe/YouTubeThe fan-made trailer is filled with easter eggs from the books.

Early Monday morning, after a long vacation weekend, a teaser trailer was released claiming it was for the Netflix series and almost immediately went viral. The trailer has now been viewed almost 787,000 times.

Series of Unfortunate Events NetflixEleanora Poe/YouTubeThe Netflix logo appears at the end of the teaser.

There was only one problem with this trailer: It is a fake. We first got suspicious after seeing the trailer was uploaded by a user named Eleanora Poe (the editor-in-chief of a newspaper seen in the books), rather than the official Netflix account. A Netflix representative later told Business Insider the teaser “was not released from Netflix and is not anything official.”

Despite this, it is hard not to admire the craft and detail that went into this trailer.

This fanmade trailer is filled with references to the books.

There was various appearances of the eye tattoo that the villainous Count Olaf had on his leg, which often spoiled his many disguises:

Unfortunate PhotoNetflixThe eye appears multiple times in the trailers.

There was traces of the Baudelaire children and their distinct interests. 

You can spot Klaus’ glasses on top of a pile of books, as he was an avid reader:

Series of Unfortunate EventsEleanora Poe/YouTubeKlaus, the middle Baudelaire child, used his voracious appetite for reading to defeat Count Olaf on multiple occasions.

This appears to be one of the flesh-eating Lachyrmose Leeches found in “The Wide Window”:

OK Netflix, now it’s up to you to produce something at least half as awesome as this.

You can watch the fan-made trailer below:


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