Wall-E International Posters – France and Vietnam

Ok, both these international posters are based on this original, released a few months back, but add a little local spice.

Wall-E Poster France

First up, France shows us that it is indeed the land of love, by adding a a heart shaped constellation and a tag line that uses “L’Amour.” There are other words in there also. Although I don’t know what they mean, they are all in French so they probably say things about love, romance and croissants.

Then we have the Vietnamese poster. As it turns out the Vietnamese are a depressed people, so the whole poster has a blue tinge, making us focus more on the deep and total loneliness of the main character. Downer, dude.

Wall-E Poster Vietnam

Honestly now, these are small differences and I seriously doubt that we can say anything of substance based on them. I do think that the original was more perfect. The French version is a little too sugary and the blueness of the Vietnamese version make no sense to me, the original colors were really beautiful. But they are all still good.

(Via reader Casty the Clown and BadTaste.it)

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond Posters

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond Poster 1

I thought I was pretty much over aged horror posters that mimicked posters from decades past. The concept has been used too many time since Grindhouse, sometimes with silly results. But it seems I was wrong, because here are two new aged posters for The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond and I’m really digging them.

I think it’s mostly the authenticity that got to me, both of the actual design and illustrations used and of the aging itself. It really does feel like posters for an old horror movie that have been sitting in a damp basement for too long. The fact that they don’t go for a grindhouse style, it looks like a more mainstream 80’s flick, also helps.

Of course, the films that got this type of poster were often not very good. And the sheer authenticity of the posters might very well be a turn off for modern audiences, so I’m not sure how well these will work as marketing materials. But for someone with a sweet spot for old horror movies and their posters like me these two looks great, and I’m sure at least a few people will get equally strong positive impressions.

(Via Bloody Disgusting)

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond Poster 2 (Big)

The Black Waters of Echo's Pond Posters

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond Poster 1

I thought I was pretty much over aged horror posters that mimicked posters from decades past. The concept has been used too many time since Grindhouse, sometimes with silly results. But it seems I was wrong, because here are two new aged posters for The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond and I’m really digging them.

I think it’s mostly the authenticity that got to me, both of the actual design and illustrations used and of the aging itself. It really does feel like posters for an old horror movie that have been sitting in a damp basement for too long. The fact that they don’t go for a grindhouse style, it looks like a more mainstream 80’s flick, also helps.

Of course, the films that got this type of poster were often not very good. And the sheer authenticity of the posters might very well be a turn off for modern audiences, so I’m not sure how well these will work as marketing materials. But for someone with a sweet spot for old horror movies and their posters like me these two looks great, and I’m sure at least a few people will get equally strong positive impressions.

(Via Bloody Disgusting)

The Black Waters of Echo’s Pond Poster 2 (Big)

NY Comic Con Hellboy 2 Poster

NY Comic Con Hellboy 2 Poster

So, first things first. This poster for Hellboy, drawn by the legendary Drew Struzan, was made exclusively for the New York Comic Con. So it’s a “for the geeks only” kind of thing, and the final poster is probably going to be very different. Which is too bad, because this is pretty great and I think something like it could have worked fine with a broader audience.

It’s not, however, an unusual thing. Special posters are done for these types of events all the time. Struzan himself illustrated a poster for The Mist that was used to promote the film during last year’s Comic Con.

Going back to the poster itself, what I find great about it, besides the always amazing Drew Struzan artwork, is that it has an epic adventure feel that I think is often missing from the Hellboy marketing and, to be fair, was missing from the first movie as well. Now, I actually liked Hellboy, but it was as smaller and more intimate super-hero movie. Which is fine, but not likely to sell a ton of tickets, unless you are dealing with something as pre-sold as X-Men.

I get the feeling that now that they introduced the characters in the first movie they are going to go with something bigger in the second film. But that hasn’t always come across well in what we have see from the movie so far. But it does in this poster. It makes the film seem exciting in a way that nothing else I have seen for it so far did.

(Via CHUD)

New The Spirit Teaser Poster

New The Spirit Teaser Poster

Ok, now this is a teaser poster.

As you might recall I was a little surprised with the first few Spirit posters because they were visually underwhelming and I was expecting something stunning, like the kind of thing we got from 300 and Sin City. Not that the posters were bad exactly, but they did use a subtle approach that is dangerous considering that this is a film without big stars and about a character that isn’t exactly famous anymore.

And yes, I know those were teaser posters and they shouldn’t show too much, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be trying to make a strong impression.

This new poster, on the other hand, is exactly the kind of thing I was expecting. It’s very reminiscent of the posters for Sin City, but even more stylized and closer to looking just like a comic book. It still doesn’t reveal much about the story, the characters or even about what the movie is going to look like. But it does give us a better idea about those things and is most definitely an eye catcher.

And the way it integrates the “My City Screams” catchphrase into the image? Just brilliant. You can bet people looking at the poster won’t forget it so soon.

I think I like this more than I liked any of the Sin City posters. Those were great, but this takes that creativity and those visuals one step beyond.

Of course, the danger of this type of poster is that people might feel like they have seen something just like it before. As I mentioned in the last post, this is a problem I feared the campaign might run into. But this poster is so beautiful that I’m feeling more confident that this won’t be a big problem after all.

(Via AICN)

More Posters from the Alamo Drafthouse

King Kong (Wes Winship)

A while back I mentioned the work of artist Tyler Stout, who often does movie posters for the Alamo Drafthouse for their especial screenings and festivals. But, as Swarez reminds us over at twitch, Stout isn’t the only one doing new posters for the Drafthouse. In fact they use an array of interesting artists to create posters for their many especial screenings.

And right now they are doing a series of screenings of classic Sci-Fi movies that has generated some great posters. Above you can see Wes Winship’s King Kong. Below we have Stout again, this time posterizing The Thing. Also Todd Slater’s Planet of the Apes and Jay Ryan’s 2001.

All these posters go on sale at Mondo Tees, but they are all limited editions. So limited that the King Kong and 2001 posters are already sold out and the other ones are likely to be gone soon. So I recommend being quick if you are at all interested.

The Thing (Tyler Stout)
Planet of the Apes (Todd Slater)
2001 (Jay Ryan)

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Poster

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Poster

I find it hard to believe that Beverly Hills Chihuahua isn’t going to be crap. I mean, look at the plot outline: “While on vacation in Mexico, Chloe, a ritzy Beverly Hills chihuahua, finds herself lost and in need of assistance in order to get back home.” And even more damning is the fact that this is directed by Raja Gosnell, of Scooby Doo infamy.

But I would be lying if I said I didn’t get a kick out of the poster. It’s so wonderfully odd. The faux Aztec architecture. The Indiana Jones style title treatment. The unnecessary phonetic transcription. The sense of great adventure.

And all those damn chihuahuas.

From a marketing standpoint, I’m sure this will go over gangbusters with the intended audience. If you at all likely to find the premise interesting how can you not find the poster adorable? And it’s not a image you are likely to forget soon.

This strikes me as being close to the perfect poster for this particular film.

(Via ComingSoon)