Continuing in our series of Top Movie Posters, this time we look at our Top Ten Horror Movie posters. We have taken a straw poll at the office on their opinions and have come up with a selection of classic posters and modern greats.
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1. The Last Exorcism
Released in 2010 ‘The Last Exorcism’ movie poster caused controversy in the UK after complaints that the imagery was too ‘distressing’ for public viewing; as a result the Advertising Standards Agency withdrew the poster from public display.
Jaws (1975) is an adaptation of the novel by Peter Benchley and as such the movie poster is in fact an adaptation of the cover of the original book. A classic, iconic image this simple but effective movie poster is known by millions, even those who have never actually seen the film.
3. Hard Candy
Hard Candy (2005) tells the story of a 14 year old girl who lures a man she suspects to be a paedophile to invite her into his home. A very cleverly designed poster demonstrating the movie’s plot with strong imagery. ‘Red Riding Hood traps Wolf at his own game’.
4. The Silence of the Lambs
The movie poster for The Silence of the Lambs has elements of inspiration from Salvador Dali. If you look closely the skull on the back of the moth you will notice that it is actually made up of naked human figures, very similar to the original Dali portrait.
5. The Hills Have Eyes 2
The poster for The Hills Have Eyes 2 is enough to give you nightmares! The nails dug into the ground, body being dragged by a strong figure has a way of getting under your skin.
This simple movie poster combined with the darkness lit only with a dull glow from the television and the innocence of the little girl with her stuffed toy somehow offers a strikingly haunting image.
7. Let Me In
Let Me In (2010) is based on the original 2008 Swedish movie Let the Right One In, where innocence isn’t all it seems to be.
Not strictly an out and out horror film, but definitely an iconic, thought provoking image based on the destruction left behind by the Godzilla-like creature. A decapitated Statue of Liberty set amongst a devastated New York which alone could indicate a range of possibilities but with the tagline ‘Some thing has found us’ intensifies the sense of fear.
9. Scream 4
One of the classic modern slasher film franchises, and although not the best of the series, the poster for Scream 4 is the most creative. Using the infamous mask to play on the imagery of the killers weapon of choice, a knife, the poster manages to convey the whole concept of Scream, while using minimal space.
10. The Exorcist
An iconic horror film, this monochrome image has an unsettling feel about it, which also works for people who have seen the film, knowing what lurks in that bedroom.