The minimalist movie poster re-design has grown into a full-fledged phenomenon. They may be tokens of shameless nostalgia, but they are also an invitation to clever visual play and a good way for today’s talented designers to show off their chops.
Of course, every trend yields its share of duds – and this one is no exception. Below, we’ve put together a quick roundup of some awesome horror movie poster re-boots, along with some not-so-awesome ones for comparison.
For the sake of orthodoxy, we also threw in some real posters from the horror movie canon that we think resonate on a particularly graphic level—plus a few that miss the mark in exquisite fashion.
Can you guess?
This series leaves out text altogether, allowing famous objects from the films’ narratives do the identification work. Can you name these? (Head to the source page for answers).
This series puts a gruesome twist on your childhood favorites. The implications aren’t always obvious, so give them a minute to sink in.
A master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock had a healthy relationship with the world of graphic design and hired Saul Bass to do the title credits for several of his films. Many of these poster re-designs employ a nicely Bass-like quality.
Kubrick retained the skill of Mr. Bass, as well. But even if he hadn’t added this extra garnish from the history of design, the visually striking quality of films like A Clockwork Orange and The Shining would provide ample material for enthusiasts keen to produce a novel poster design.
Spookily … uninspired
Minimalist posters are all about economy: the trick is to encapsulate a film as well as possible, using the minimum number of visual elements. Of course, if botched, this strategy can yield hilariously silly results, like the Texas Chainsaw Phallus and Striped Sweater Murderer below.
The combination of Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and M. Night Shyamalan is really a joke in itself, but we also think those tree branches look mighty thin to be suspending a corpse.
There are some posters that are simply too good in their original form to warrant a re-design. The selection below already possesses striking graphic qualities, often incorporating silhouettes and monochrome to dramatic effect.
Extra props to Akiko Stehrenberger for his unconventional placement of text in the poster for Funny Games.
Ah, Nosferatu. This vampire first hit the screen in 1922, and a creepier one has yet to come along. The various posters done for the film and its remastered versions are pretty excellent as well.
Shots in the dark
A lot of horror films get made. Very few are good. But just the same, a movie needs to have a poster. And so we have these gems: