Good movie poster art sticks with you. And nobody can deny the importance of a good poster from a marketing standpoint – the point of posters (and trailers) is to get your butt in the seat. When I was a kid, I was drawn to certain cover art in the video stores – usually to movies my parents wouldn’t let me see, like The Evil Dead or I Spit on Your Grave. Posters can be clever, or deliberately provocative, and they can even stand alone as pieces of art. Here are the top 20 horror movie posters that I think possess at least one of these qualities.
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20. Shock Waves (1977)
I remember Shock Waves being deadly dull. Maybe I was just disappointed, because the poster was so damn cool. Who doesn’t like underwater zombies? Of course, I haven’t seen it in years; perhaps I should give it another go.
19. Phase IV (1974)
As a kid I found this poster rather unsettling. The image of a lone ant emerging from the palm of your hand… that’s just wince inducing to me. Imagine my surprise years later when I actually watched the film and found it to be an intelligent piece of science fiction. (read my review here)
18. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)
I have yet to see this pic from the late 70s starring Brooke Shields (also known as Communion). But the image of a kitchen knife in the back of a baby doll is just – messed up. Somebody had a screwed up childhood, methinks.
17. Creepshow (1982)
The cover art for this homage to E.C. horror comics is well done and also has an old-school quality to it. It’s a simple idea – but also effective.
16. Blood Beach (1980)
The poster for Blood Beach is brilliant, as is the tagline which spoofs Jaws 2: “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water – you can’t get to it.” Folks, the people who came up with this marketing gimmick deserve medals. I heard the movie sucks hard, but still want to see it. Probably because of the poster.
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