Top 20 Horror Movie Posters

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August 27 2010 Categorized Under: featured, Top Ten Lists one Commented
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Top 20 Horror Movie Posters

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)
Poster for Shock Waves
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)
Poster for Phase IV
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)
Poster for Alice, Sweet Alice
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)
Poster for 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)
Poster for 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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One Response to “Top 20 Horror Movie Posters”

  1. mr3 says:

    god damn did that friday suck. we might have even watched it together my first time. and it still sucked. that trick even made ‘pieces’ bearable.

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