Today, when a movie is due for release, you have numerous ways to promote it largely through teasers, trailers, grand promotional events or fancy merchandise. However, in the earlier days of cinema, when these did not exist, the simple yet highly influential movie posters spread their magic.
Creativity was used to the fullest extent in giving the film a definite shape on these cinematic sheets. The main thrust was to capture the movie’s essence and surprise factor on these posters to garner enough attention to drive the audiences to the theatres.
Here are some of the most iconic movie posters that never cease to fascinate us.
The Exorcist (1973)
Director – William Friedkin
The chiaroscuro technique used in the creation of this film’s poster gave the perfect eerie feeling. Well, the shadow effect never goes wrong and it communicated the film’s darker elements. The poster ignited suspicion and curiosity in the minds of those who saw it and the result is quite evident today. The Exorcist has become a cult horror movie.
Director- Alfred Hitchcock
The poster for Psycho has all the elements that had connotations to the film’s psycho thriller genre. The lady in yellow with an expression of shock in the poster, the two men colored in red thus giving signals of either danger or love and the title in block letters with a crack that goes through the center; everything about it warned the audiences about the not-so-happy story of the film.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Director – Jonathan Demme
This had a pretty complex poster with the protagonist Jodie Foster’s mouth covered by a moth, which is more than just an ordinary insect. It is a Death-Head Hawkmoth with a Salvador Dali design interspersed in it. The skull which you see on the thorax is actually the naked bodies of seven women. Well, a very magnanimous concept that will definitely require you to watch the movie in order to understand the poster fully.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Director – Otto Preminger
The color scheme used in the poster of this film along with the disembodied body parts put together clearly connote what audiences can expect from the film. Also, the font is very cleverly chosen as it gives a hint of mental weakness and/or psychological elements in the film.
Director – Fritz Lang
One of the greatest films of all time, this silent science fiction, directed by Fritz Lang, was set in a futuristic dystopian society. The film’s poster had a robotic figure staring blankly at the audience’s face with tall skyscrapers in the background coupled with stark lettering emoting cold feelings. The year was 1927 and with this kind of creativity and cinematic brilliance, the film was destined to be a classic.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
Director – Stanley Kubrick
This film’s poster is as surreal as the film itself. With varied elements that can be interpreted from being simple shapes to deriving occult symbolism, the poster did grab a lot of eyeballs. To understand the poster fully, why don’t you watch this Stanley Kubrick classic?
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