Compare and Contrast: Posters From Recent Horror Remakes Vs. Their Counterparts From the Original Films

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974 x 2003)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Poster (1974)The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Poster (2003)

Man, that original TCM poster is a classic. The poster for the new film on the other hand is very blah. I mean, it doesn’t even have a chainsaw in it!

Dark Water (2002 x 2005)

Dark Water Poster (2002)Dark Water (2005)

It’s to bad they dropped the creepy hallway of the original in favor of showcasing Jennifer Connelly. Nothing against Connelly, but when your movie’s premise revolves around “evil dripping water” you really have to make an effort in order to make the film seem scary.

The Fog (1980 x 2005)

The Fog Poster (1980)
The Fog Poster (2005)

Apparently the people making the poster for the new version of The Fog thought they were making a poster for The Mummy. Honest mistake, it happens.

The Grudge (2003 x 2004)

The Grudge (2003)
The Grudge (2004)

Similar, but I think the American version of the poster is slightly better produced and creepier.

Halloween (1978 x 2007)

Halloween (1978)
Halloween (2007)

There is still some time before the new Halloween opens, so maybe they will make another poster. Which would be good, because the current one sucks ass, especially when compared with the iconic original.

House of Wax (1953 x 2005)

House of Wax 1953
House of Wax (2005)

Seeing that poster from 1953 advertising the 3D movie experience does put the current 3D craze into perspective doesn’t it?

The Amitvylle Horror (1979 – 2005)

The Amitvylle Horror (1979)
The Amitvylle Horror (2005)

It’s all about the scary house, but the 1975 poster is cheesy and over he top in that way so many things from the 1970’s are.

Black Christmas (1974 – 2006)

Black Christmas (1974)
Black Christmas (2006)

Yes, that is right, your skin may be on too tight. If that is the case go see a doctor to get it fixed.

Dawn of the Dead (1978 x 2004)

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)

Sure, the new poster is much more well done than the old one. But you got to admit that the rising zombie sun was a pretty clever idea, right?

The Omen (1976 x 2006)

The Omen (1976)
The Omen (2006)

Apparently a cross shaped shadow is scarier than a dog shaped one nowadays. Also, red in the new black.

The Hitcher(1986 x 2007)

The Hitcher (1986)
The Hitcher (2007)

Isn’t it funny that the new, more polished poster, feels the need of adding scratches to make it look worn out? Ok, perhaps not quite funny, but at least amusing.

Pulse (2001 x 2006)

Pulse (2001)
Pulse (2006)

I have to admit that the new poster is really, really cool, even tough the old one might be more representative of the movie.

The Ring (1998 x 2002)

The Ring (1998)The Ring (2002)

I like the new poster, it is creepy and sort of explains the name. But the Japanese one, with Sadako’s eye? That is the kind of image that keeps you awake at night. It is also very reminiscent of The Grudge poster (which came afterwards).

The Wicker Man (1973 x 2006)

The Wicker Man (1973)The Wicker Man (2006)

The original Wicker Man was a low budget movie, so it’s understandable that is has a low budget poster. The new version has a much more polished one. And yet, the first film was a great horror film, and the second one is a piece of crap. May that be a lesson to us all.

When a Stranger Calls (1979 x 2006)

When a Stranger Calls (1979)
When a Stranger Calls (2006)

Phones with actual dials are out, cellphones are in. Also, the new poster makes the movie look a lot more horrifying and gory than it actually is. A lot.

Willard (1971 x 2003)

Willard (1971)
Willard (2003)

The new poster is better. After all Crispin Glover is a lot scarier than a simple rat. He really is.

8 thoughts on “Compare and Contrast: Posters From Recent Horror Remakes Vs. Their Counterparts From the Original Films”

  1. Wasn’t there another “Fog” poster- the one with a panic attacked Adrianne Barbadeau against the lighthouse door?

    Amityville: when the tagline is beigger typeface than the title, it’s no wonder the 1979 film stunk. I’m also in the minority who liked the remake.

    Where’s the comparison to Hills Have Eyes, though? Or fo that matter, Hills Have Eyes II?

  2. They released a new Halloween (2007) poster and though it does not live up to the iconic original, and though it isn’t very creepy, you have to give it credit for having a lot to look at, definitely not a boring poster.

  3. Just FYI most poster in the 70,s where done by the studios marketing team. Now they are done by out side design firms or in house house graphics. Still the studios have final say in most cases. Lately alot of directors have last say such as the Matrix franchise. Though it’s still cool to see the differences.

  4. the US advance teaser for dawn of the dead is esily the best of the crop of posters for that film,the uk version had a scary girl on the poster,which had parents up in arms in the uk for giving children nightmares.
    well at last that poster achieved something good!

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