You gotta hand it to the people who create horror movie posters for Thailand consumption. Subtle, they are not. But they did what they were meant to do – get butts in seats! Best way to do that is to include a few money shots in the artwork, or at least fill the poster with so much action that you “gotta” see it. It’s like a movie trailer turned into a painting, basically.
Io9 recently did a post depicting 80s Thai horror posters – made for the American horror movies that were imported there. For example:
You can see a whole bunch more here.
Thailand is no stranger to horror – they put out some crazy stuff, like the Art of the Devil movies, for instance. They also put out great posters for their films. Here are a few Thai horror posters for you to chew on:
Alone (aka “Twin”) is a 2007 Thai horror film directed by Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom, a duo whose debut film, Shutter, was a box-office smash in Thailand and other Asian countries.
A sequel in name only to the hit 2004 film, Art of the Devil II still involves the usual black magic and nasty torture sequences.
Art of the Devil 3 is actually a prequel to the second film. The poster above works on two levels – the horrific, and the erotic. The poster below emphasizes the kind of physical violation seen a lot in this genre – specifically, the eyes, which are probably the most effective.
The Meat Grinder is a gory Thai horror flick about a woman named Boot who “discovers” a new noodle recipe. (Cue Charlton Heston- “Boot Noodles are made out of people!”)
Produced by the same people behind Shutter, Body #19 concerns ghosts, dismemberment, and multiple personality disorder. The poster, of course, gives away the “dismemberment” part.
Buppha Rahtree was a 2003 Thai horror/comedy that was somewhat an homage to The Exorcist. A girl named Buppah Rahtree, through a series of unfortunate events, ends up bleeding to death and haunting an apartment building full of weirdos. Hilarious, no doubt! There was a sequel made – - and then a third film, which was kind-of-a remake/reboot. They called it Buppha Rahtree 3.1 Rahtree Reborn. In the movie, a demon ghost girl inhabits the spirit of Buppah Rahtree. (As Wise Kawi says, “It’s a ghost inhabiting a ghost”.)
Yep, Buppah Rahtree 3.2 is the “sequel” to 3.1 – but technically the 4th movie in the franchise.