If there’s one thing that makes a movie great, it’s the movie poster/movie art. Seeing as it’s becoming a dying art [no pun intended] it really makes it a make or break situation whether or not a movie will be of interest to the viewer or not. For example, would you watch a horror film that has it’s poster being just a black background with just a skull? It may grab your attention, but chances are, it tells you nothing about the film as a whole; so it feels like it gets lost in the translation..
Then there are the good posters; like the ones in the collage above that really stick out and make you want to see it. Even the minimalist posters are kind of cool, in the “less is more” kind of way. I’ve seen some that just feature the killer’s mask, or maybe even just the weapon – and that’s enough to sell me on the entire film! That’s what this post is about: Alternate posters. Why they are different – in a good way. Below, [after the jump] I have included some of my favorite alternate posters from classic horror films. If you like the art, I’ve also included a link to the artist’s page, in case you wanted to see more of their stuff. Enjoy!
Ultimately, like I said before, the art of poster making is slowly becoming a dying breed. Even though there are companies like Mondo, who regularly make amazing and passionate one-sheets, it’s a business that the movie studios themselves hardly even take part in anymore.. It’s kind of sad when you think about it – that the real heydays were the 80s, as in 30 + years ago! I have high hopes that poster art makes a come back, but I know it won’t. It’s long gone, and it probably doesn’t have enough demand to bring a “want” back – if I want posters enough, I’ll have to go onto Mondo or another such website. Oh Well.
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