- Pardee's Pick: Top 25 Painted Posters Pardee's Pick: Top 25 Painted Posters
- 25. The Legacy (1978) 25. The Legacy (1978) I wanted to get this one out of the way because this is the only movie on this list that I haven't seen. But that's never stopped me from loving the hell out of this poster. When combining all of the elements of its design, including the art, the name, the tagline, and even the tiny version of the poster in the corner, it's still near impossible to tell what this movie could even be about, unless it genuinely IS about the Thing from the Addams Family dressing up for Halloween while being voiced by the guy from The Who.
- 24. Up From The Depths (1979) 24. Up From The Depths (1979) I can't tell. Is this design reminiscent of another movie? Because it seems like I have seen this before, but maybe not. Yah, I was wrong. This one is totally different, because this movie takes place in Hawaii, not Amity. I was way off. Oh well, regardless, the colors on this design are phenomenal.
- 23. The Bat People (1974) 23. The Bat People (1974) You know those cool hand-painted posters from Ghana that are made by artists that are given no description of the movie nor any art direction but somehow they turn out amazing? Well, I imagine that a successful artist from Ghana migrated to Hollywood and convinced someone to hire him (or her) for "The Bat People", and then got immediately demoted to painting bumper car banners at Coney Island after this poster was released and moviegoers responded with "Did you even see the movie? It's about ONE Bat PERSON! Not multiples!"
- 22. Phantasm (1979) 22. Phantasm (1979) Red, white and blue have never been less patriotic than in this Phantasm poster. Collaging imagery together was always a powerful way to present the cool elements of the film on the posters, which works particularly well in this case, because instead of a movie containing broad elements like guns and cars, Phantasm's elements include an alien-mind-controlled flying torturous sphere, Jawa knockoffs, a mortuary, and a tall old man with one hell of an eyebrow scowl. And they go together so wonderfully.
- 21. Slugs (1988) 21. Slugs (1988)
- 20. Frogs (1972) 20. Frogs (1972) I've always wondered how the rest of that human body is fitting inside that cute little amphibian, considering that the film suggests no indication of disintegrating toxic acid existing inside of the frogs' throats.
- 19. C.H.U.D. (1984) 19. C.H.U.D. (1984)
- 18. Great White (AKA The Last Shark) (1981) 18. Great White (AKA The Last Shark) (1981)
- 17. Q The Winged Serpent (1982) 17. Q The Winged Serpent (1982) Boris Vallejo x Larry Cohen x New York City. The end.
- 16. Maniac (1980) 16. Maniac (1980) This design isn't for everyone. In fact, it still surprises me that this poster actually got a wide release even by 1980's low censorship standards. The bright red blood pool alone would get the designer of this poster castrated nowadays, let alone the implied violence toward women and (GASP!) the unkempt button-up shirt! However, this poster is pretty tame in comparison to the madness of a movie that it's representing.
- 15. House (1986) 15. House (1986) This design is a perfect example of taking a minimal design and executing it in maximum fashion. The style of the painting, reminiscent of a Bernie Wrightson drawing come-to-life, simultaneously mixes a gross, decaying, rotting subject matter and gives it a light, whimsy heart. Which is exactly what the film does.
- 14. The Bees (1978) 14. The Bees (1978) I've never imagined what type of fluids exist inside bees' mouths. But after seeing this amazing poster (which has always reminded me of a MAD magazine cover), it's safe to say that all bees vomit blood and love women. We are so lucky they aren't gigantic!
- 13. The Evil Dead (1981) 13. The Evil Dead (1981)
- 12. Prophecy (1979) 12. Prophecy (1979) "What the hell is that thing? Isn't that the Christopher Walken movie??""No man, that's not Walken.""What do you mean? It DOES kinda look like him.""It's a different movie""Is it about those old Madball toys?!""No, it's about a bear.""That's a BEAR?!""Yah. Well...its a killer bear. With no skin. Who gets revenge.""Fucking awesome.
- 11. Halloween (1978) 11. Halloween (1978) Let's point out all of the subtle greatness of this poster. 1. adding reptilian texture to a pumpkin makes it scary. 2. using the contrasting shading at the bottom of the pumpkin to indicate sharp teeth is genius. 3. making everything orange from the tone of the skin on the hand to the reflection on the knife makes the color scheme super bold. 4. Who the hell is "HE"!? I want to see this!
- 10. Army Of Darkness (1992) 10. Army Of Darkness (1992)
- 9. Chopping Mall (1986) 9. Chopping Mall (1986)
- 8. Friday The 13th (1980) 8. Friday The 13th (1980) There is an old Marvel comics character named Eternity who basically is the embodiment of everything in the universe. This iconic poster has always reminded me of Eternity, only in this poster, the entire universe consists of 4 campers cluelessly hanging out in his intestines.
- 7. Fright Night (1985) 7. Fright Night (1985)
- 6. Critters (1986) 6. Critters (1986) Oh my god! That Ghana artist who got fired after "The Bat People" got another job! Yes! I love it!
- 5. Dawn Of The Dead (1978) 5. Dawn Of The Dead (1978) This design is simple. And this design is striking. A blank expression is simply a blank expression until you add the word "dead" to its context.
- 4. Creepshow (1982) 4. Creepshow (1982) An homage to EC Comics series like "Tales from the Crypt" and "Vault Of Horror", it makes sense that George Romero and Stephen King employed horror illustrators like Jack Kamen and Bernie Wrightson for some of the "Creepshow" marketing. However, I 've never been able to pinpoint who exactly designed and painted this poster. But that won't stop me from loving it, and from silently hoping that every time I go see a horror movie in the theater that this creep will be selling me my ticket.
- 3. Squirm (1976) 3. Squirm (1976)
- 2. The Thing (1982) 2. The Thing (1982)
- 1. Nightmare On Elm St (1984) 1. Nightmare On Elm St (1984)
Pardee's Pick: Top 25 Painted PostersTop List // Wednesday, 05 Sep 2012
Photoshop should be proud of itself. As a nerdy child growing up in the 80's, Photoshop was bullied by everyone from older traditional artists to graphic designers who loved painstakingly cutting out letters and transferring textures. And the bullying never stopped. Photoshop got called a "robot" and a "freak" and a "trend" when all Photoshop wanted to do was help make creative people's lives easier. Eventually, Photoshop got fed up, and since 1988, it's been running around screaming that "someday I will take over all of your lives." And guess what? It did.
Photoshop injected itself into Hollywood and within a few years, it bullied its way into every movie studio's design and marketing departments, leaving all of the old traditional, odd, creatively striking, beautiful, and dare I say more powerful, methods of marketing movies out to dry, while Photoshop stands proud, fists clenched, maniacally laughing and getting exponentially more powerful the more the world embraces him. Photoshop is not a bad guy, though. In most cases and in most industries his help is appreciated, loved and definitely needed. But in the horror movie poster industry? I think he's just being a bully. With that being said, it's time to remember some of those soldiers who have fallen to Photoshop's pandemic. Here are 25 of my favorite hand-painted horror movie posters. –Alex Pardee