Because seeing other artist’s vision of what a poster for a classic films could be is always fun, here are five posters for Sci-Fi Classics, as created by Dean Walton.
One of the most interesting things about this batch, at least for me, is that most of the films depicted also had great posters back when they were being released. Sometimes the movie just gives the poster artist more material to work with.
The giant waves seem a little underwhelming in this image. If you are not paying close attention you might confuse them with the mountains they are engulfing. But this problem aside I actually quite like the idea of the poster, and of the related scene we can see in the trailer.
The basic formula for making a disaster movie poster is to show some important landmark being destroyed. Like I said before, this might not be very original, but it still seems to work.
However that doesn’t mean it’s not wise to also try something a little different. Here we get the same premise, but instead of some recognizable landmark we get a mostly anonymous landscape. However, we have the solitary monk, standing there, unable to do anything but await his demise. This adds a certain flavor to the whole thing and, more importantly, adds a human element that is often missing from the mostly sterile posters for the genre.
Well, destroying the White House worked great for the marketing of Independence Day. And a giant wave worked as part of the marketing for The Day After Tomorrow. So why not have a giant wave that destroys the White House? That’s got to double the profits, right?
These posters for 2012 are pretty similar to the equally polished disaster posters for The Day After Tomorrow. And why wouldn’t they be? The premise is very similar, and this sell managed to open TDAT to a pretty nice sum. Why change something that is not (as far as we know) broken?
I do appreciate that the Liberty Statue hasn’t been destroyed again in these. Poor lady had enough disasters for a several lifetimes.
Fear what happens next. Well, they say we fear what we don’t know, and based on the posters released so far I really have no idea what happens next. Or what is happening now.
I am saddened to see that Pandorum is decisively walking away from the brand of “movie about tubes going in and out o people“. On a more serious note this last poster is darker than the early posters and abandons the sci-fi feel for a more clearly horror aesthetic. Perhaps they aren’t quite sure about how to sell the movie, or at least have changed their minds?
(Via JoBlo and IMPAwards)
Talk about bringing a knife to a gun fight. Seriously white ninja dude, even black ninja dude is shooting a gun, get with the program.
This is kind of a weird poster. Here we have our favorite heroes running either towards or from some unseen something, being shown from sort of a strange angle. And the robots look uncharacteristically cartoonish, considering how much of this series has been based around showing what these giant creatures might look like in real life.
As a matter of fact this poster reminds me a lot of a promotional picture or scene from an 80’s cartoon. I’m not sure if my memory is responding to some specific image from my childhood or to a pattern I noticed only subconsciously. In fact, I can’t explain this feeling at all. But it is there.
And what, exactly, are those flashes of light coming from behind them? An explosion? Killer laser beams? Something else entirely? I have stared and stared, but I’m still not sure.
Just to finish, I find it interesting that all the posters for the second go around of Transformers haven’t featured any of the original good robots except Bumblebee and Optimus. A little while ago I saw an interview by someone related to the film (Michael Bay maybe?) where he explained that they wanted to get more robots in, but ultimately couldn’t afford it. This seems like a good thing on hindsight, since only two of the various Transformers turned out be really memorable anyway.
A quick perusal of my posts about the first Transformers informs me the I actually liked its posters much less than I remembered. But there were at least a couple of very good ones. And I was very interested in seeing each and every one of the posters, and was happy to analyze them to death.
The poster campaign for Revenge of the Fallen on the other hand has mostly left me cold. I don’t hate it in any way, but it just failed completely to pick up my interest. The sole exception was the first poster, which was a pretty decent teaser and got me to read a lot about the film, something a hadn’t done up to that point.
A big part of the loss of appeal is that we have now seen the giant robots during one whole film. So seeing a still photo of them doesn’t exactly excite. The pyramid background doesn’t help either. It’s just trying too hard to make the film look like it will have new, exotic and exciting elements. And the pyramids, although awesome, have been exposed to the point where they are no longer immediately impressive by themselves.
In a similar vein there is too much work being put in making the robots look battered up. I guess the idea is to make us believe they have just gone through intense action, but the main effect is to make the poster look uglier and more somber than it needs to be.
As it happens I was watching bits of the first film this weekend. Transformers are cool. The posters are doing a bad job of reminding us of that. And a bad job of making the case for the new things in the sequel.
But then again, not terrible at all. And the movie comes pretty much pre-sold, so probably no harm done.