TOP TWENTY ICONIC HORROR MOVIE POSTERS

TOP TWENTY ICONIC HORROR MOVIE POSTERS

It would be fair to say that artwork is more fundamental to the promotion of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction than it is to that of mainstream films.

The visual stimulus offered by H/F/SF is part of a cinematic experience that demands its release through the preemptive stylization of its promotional materials.

Taglines, too, take on a greater significance in establishing the aura of the film in ways that are not so necessary for other genres, often to the point that they become legendary in their own right, quite apart from the movies they refer to.

A measure of enticement is guaranteed where the textual and graphic elements are blended in order to tell a story in advance of the one they begin to describe.

More broadly speaking, movie posters are perhaps the finest example of a process where art and advertising are mutually inclusive of each others’ aims to attract people – if for very different reasons (of aesthetic versus commercial).

So much so that we rarely regard them with the same suspicion or contempt that we often show towards other forms of advertising.

Looking at the examples below, which represent some of the most enduring poster campaigns in the field of Horror, it is easy enough to see why.


#20 – Alien

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#19- Paranormal Activity

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#18 – The Shining

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 #17 – Friday the 13th Part II

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#16 – Hellraiser

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#15 – From Beyond

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#14 – The Hills Have Eyes

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#13 – Evil Dead

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#12 – Phantasm

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#11 – Prince of Darkness

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#10 –  Deep Red

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 #9 – The Thing

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#8 – Scanners

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#7 – The Hunger

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#6 – The Wicker Man

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#5 – Halloween

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#4 – Cat People

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#3 – Inferno

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 #2 – The Exorcist

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 #1 – Nosferatu the Vampyre

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