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Top Ten Horror Posters of 2008
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What does it take to make a good movie poster?  Well for starters, some actual effort should probably be exerted into the process.   Yes a poster is a piece of marketing material, but it’s also a still image representation that should incorporate moods, feelings, and possibly themes of the film that mirror the film which it is representing.  It’s supposed to get people psyched to see a movie, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to look like a bad Photoshop job.  A movie poster can be a piece of art that very heartily supplements the movie in ways that you may not even have noticed before.  After spending weeks (an hour or two) going through all the horror movie posters I could find, I am pleased to present you with what I feel are the ten best horror posters from 2008.

10:  Autopsy  Well it definitely isn’t the best poster ever made, but it is still pretty inventive.  You have already seen posters very similar to this in the Saw marketing campaign but they always drifted more towards the visceral side rather than just the disturbing.  I think what really gets to me about this poster is the absolute simplistic and empty space with two severed legs whose muscle tension makes it look like they are walking away.  That little bit put some character into something that is normally overlooked.

9: Diary Of the Dead: What I really like about this poster is that fact that it is an actual drawing.  It’s not strictly Photoshop and it’s definitely not any kind of real world captured image.  I’m not certain which country this poster is from, but it does a much better job at capturing what the movie is all about than the North American Version (which makes it look like an action thriller).  The camera is capturing the action while a zombie is clearly in the viewfinder.  Kind of like the camera operator is too concerned about what’s in the distance to see the inherent danger right in front of him.

8: Eden Lake This is the French version of the poster and although it is commonplace to put the main character all beat up on the poster, the road sign really makes the poster pop.  It’s a completely different color than anything else on the poster so it demands your attention to it, just like the kids in the film demand attention from (and terrorize) the young couple.  It’s clever and it adds a little more to the whole experience that just a picture of her and the lake.

7:  Repo: The Genetic Opera: What makes this poster succeed is the fact that I don’t know if it’s an actual promotional poster for the movie or if it’s a flyer that was used for an event within the world of the movie.  All of the posters in REPO follow this aesthetic which is a pretty brave move.  It is exactly in tune with what the movie is all about when we could have easily gotten a poster that tricked the viewer into thinking that this wasn’t a musical (like the poster for Sweeny Todd).  Not only that but the layout is amazing using only monotone Black and White mixed with a grand total of 4 other colors.  It’s the least colored colorful poster you have seen in a while.

6: The Strangers: This is a poster that I feel gives away a bit too much of the movie, including one of the best lines in the whole thing and somehow, it’s still creepy as hell.  Although we can’t see it to well, we can tell that the people in the foreground (who are the stars of the film, whose names you see under them) are bound to their chairs with three creepy masks staring them down.  Add that to the boring and plain brick background  while the stars of the movie have their backs and all of a sudden, the audience gets a nice visual queue to who the real main characters are. 

5: Mother of Tears The cult classic movie is a tricky one to place and an impossible genre to “call” in advance.  It takes years of brewing while the millions of underground fans find one another to henceforth turn it into a cult classic.   I wouldn’t exactly trust the Village Voice’s opinion here (or anyone who tells me a movie in an instant cult classic) which is why the poster is in the middle of the list.  Nevertheless, the picture of Asia Argento in a semi casually startled look is a subtle little hint to the viewer of the terror they will face.  It’s fairly simple, classical, and does a lot with the colors of red and black.  It’s just pretty.

4: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane This one could have easily been number one if it weren’t for the tagline that makes it sound like a bad 80’s slasher.  In the poster, we are assumed that this is a beat up Mandy Lane (told you this happens a lot nowadays) with a grainy look that the film also shares.  The poster itself asks so many questions.  Are all the boys trying to get her?  Is she running from something or someone?  Is she on the attack?  She doesn’t seem too scared, is she just a dirty girl?  It’s also pretty cool that the MPAA’s R stamp is overly-large and actually above the title.  It’s a nice way to tell the viewer who this movie is for.  It refuses to be mistaken for a love story. 

3: The Happening: Say what you want about the movie itself, but there is no denying that this poster is gorgeous in an extremely creepy way.  Again this is one of those posters that make you want to ask questions.  Why are all these people dead?  Why are two people remaining?  Why can’t I see their face?  Why are the shadows long and red?  Is it because they are reflected in the terror of the situation as larger than life beings?  You get the idea.

2: Mirrors : This is an international poster for the film Mirrors which like the Happening, had a very mixed group of reviews.  There is no denying the beauty in the poster though.  It is clearly homage to the poster for Straw Dogs but in this case the interpretation is a little bit more direct.  The crack over our main character is many ways points to the fractured mental state (or journey) of Jack Bauer while he has also clearly been through a battle.  When you take a step back (and remember the name of the title), you also notice that this is a reflection.  It is something that Kiefer has to get past what he sees in him in order to succeed?  Again with the questions…

1: Midnight Meat Train: This is another international poster (Russia?) with some writing that appears to be absent from the English language versions of the poster.  Either way, the poster is absolutely beautiful an absolutely horrific way.  It asks a ton of questions, it has no characters in it what so ever (with no mention of actors) and it completely focuses the viewer on the visual epitome of the title alone.  The colors astound me with the silver finish (which reminds me of sterile meat packing plant), the red blood, and the black floor practically are all asking for attention from the viewer (but not demanding it).  This is an amazing and beautiful poster and when you mix all of those elements with the meat hooks hanging from the ceiling (as a visual clue) and we can’t help but see this poster and think “this is going to be awesome”.

Posted By : PoppaScotch

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