Category Archives: Horror

Still Shiny

Kurt from RowThree was nice enough to point me over to this poster made by artist Jeff Kleinsmith for a special Alamo Drafthouse screening. If you are quick you can also buy it from MondoTees.

Normal posters have to sell to you a movie you have never seen, often without showing too much so as not to spoil the surprise. I think one of the great things about these posters is that they don’t have these constraints. These are movies we know, and the artists can play with any imagery from the film and with our memories and feelings about them. Sometimes that makes for some extraordinary stuff.

Just as a bonus here is the poster for Fantastic Fest 2008.

Authenticity is Overrated

Angels and Demons Poster

This poster might very well not be an official poster, but is that reason enought not to post it? I say no.

A half angel, half demon statue might be an overly literal visual representation of a movie called Angels & Demons, but you know what? I don’t really care. It works. And the background serves as a nice reminder that this movie is probably going to have lots of travel porn.

Of course the dark mood of the poster and the seemly supernatural elements don’t really seem to fit with what I imagine the tone and story of the movie will be like. I haven’t actually read the book, so perhaps it would seem more fitting if I had, but I was expecting something a little lighter and more grounded.

Then again I’m expecting this movie too suck, so going against my expectations is probably a good thing.

This poster could have worked very well for a classy horror movie. On the other hand, this poster for House couldn’t, which is a shame because this one actually is a horror movie.

House Poster

Forbidden and dangerous doors are a recurring theme/image and it can be really effective if well handled. But this is more boring than scary.

(Via IMPAwads and WildAboutMovies)

I'm Sorry, but I'm Contractually Obligated to Show Them All

SAW V, from France. The french are apparently traditionalists and thought the other poster was just too different.

And since we are talking about different (and about SAW) here is a poster for REPO! The Gentic Opera. Much more interesting, with a clear style that you can also see in other materials for the movie. Although the poster is perhaps too dark for its own good.

This is a bizarre mishmash of a film, a sci-fi/horror/musical directed by that guy from SAW II and with the all important participation of Paris Hilton. Considering all that I was actually hoping for something even more out there, but I guess the preferred to err on the side of caution and tried to make it look at least a bit serious and scary.

(Via Filmsactu and IMPAwards)

I’m Sorry, but I’m Contractually Obligated to Show Them All

SAW V, from France. The french are apparently traditionalists and thought the other poster was just too different.

And since we are talking about different (and about SAW) here is a poster for REPO! The Gentic Opera. Much more interesting, with a clear style that you can also see in other materials for the movie. Although the poster is perhaps too dark for its own good.

This is a bizarre mishmash of a film, a sci-fi/horror/musical directed by that guy from SAW II and with the all important participation of Paris Hilton. Considering all that I was actually hoping for something even more out there, but I guess the preferred to err on the side of caution and tried to make it look at least a bit serious and scary.

(Via Filmsactu and IMPAwards)

Fear(s) of the Dark Poster

Fear(s) of the Dark

“it’s your typical French animated … horror … anthology. In black & white.”

That’s how Scott Weinberg describes Fear(s) of the Dark over at Cinematical. Seems quite intriguing.

The poster, on the other hand, is kind of dull. It does look like a poster for a french animated horror anthology in black and white, but it’s the most boring non-remarkable version of a poster for that film. Way too much space used for the title, not enough showcasing the (supposedly) compelling imagery of the flick or the general premise.

This is a recurrent complaint of mine. Safe mainstream posters for film that are weird, different and that have very little chance of actually being interesting for a broader audience. Why not go out on a limb more?

Of course, sometimes we also get posters that try too hard to make the film seem different and special when something a little more polished and mainstream could have been just perfect. But nobody ever said this poster business was easy.

More SAW V

SAW 5 Poster

“You won’t believe how it ends.” Does it end with a belief stretching twist? Because I can sort of believe that.

As for the ongoing saga of the attempt to make the SAW V posters visually interesting they have skewered the normal white background style (good) but failed to find something else that really grabs the eye (bad). It’s a little similar to one of the less effective SAW IV posters in the choice of colors, setting and in the choice of showing a trap instead of the effects of the trap. Could work, but doesn’t in this case.

Perhaps I should just stop focusing so much on the new SAW. But I guess I just have a certain emotional investment in the posters for this series due to past achievements.

(Via IMPAwards)

Catching Up is Hard to Do

Well, since I complained about the lack of originality of the last blood drive poster I guess I should commend them for trying something a little different. Not really different enough to be striking, but I appreciate he effort.

Can you say brooding? Can you say it while constantly looking down? Mister Payne looks like he feels the weight of the world in his shoulders. Or maybe he just has a sore neck.

I wonder if he looks up long enough in order to shoot the bad guys or if he has developed some sort of mirrors in the feet gadget.

Seems to be more clearly going for the funny.

Bold historic epic filled with stunning imagery, heart pumping action and melting hot romance. This is both what these posters transmit and what I’m expecting from the Baz Luhrmann epic. But the imagery is also very close to being over the top in its boldness.

This line between amazing and ridiculous is one Baz is familiar with and has successfully walked in the past. Let’s see if he can make magic happen again.

(Via IMPAwards, Movie City News, The Moving Picture)