With Halloween just weeks away, DVD/Blu Ray rentals (and Netflix views) for horror movies are sure to skyrocket. Networks and cable channels roll out their own haunted specials, hoping to cash in on one of the most lucrative holidays of the year. Horror aficionados agree that movie posters are almost as good as the movies they once marketed, and many enthusiasts adorn their walls with originals or even reproductions of famous horror movie posters. Trust me, a good “Creepshow” poster will keep kids out of most any man cave.
Today’s proliferation of talented graphic designers have created a new trend for scary movie lovers to embrace: alternative movie posters. Not the alternative posters released along with the movies, mind you, but entirely new creations crafted by fans. One of the greatest things about these modern alternative movie posters is that they’re not designed to market the movies. That gives designers more creative liberty to design cool posters that feature memorable scenes, symbols and themes that only those who have actually seen the movies in question will recognize.
Two of my favorite sites to find alternative movie posters are Repostered and Alternative Movie Posters. My favorite place to find the originals is IMP Awards. To help you get in the Halloween (and haunted horror masterpiece) spirit, I thought it would be fun to compare the studio-commissioned original movie posters for the top 10 scary movies of all-time (as rated by Entertainment Weekly) with modern fan-designed alternatives. Which is your favorite?
1. The Shining
2. The Exorcist
3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
4. The Silence of the Lambs