10 Best Horror Movie Posters of All Time

Brian
November 1, 2010

Whether you're a horror flick fearer or a B-movie aficionado, if you're into graphic design I contend that you have to appreciate horror movie poster artwork. In fact, I will argue that horror movies have had the best poster artwork of all movie genres since they first graced theater marquees generations ago. Even some of the cheesiest horror movies were promoted with incredible designs, which is why it's so difficult to pick the best horror movie posters of all time. My list is based on both the artwork itself and the iconic status it helped many of the following ten movies achieve. Just in time for All Hallows Eve, here is my list of the ten best movie posters of all time. Submit yours in the comments section below! Rosemary's Baby The movie poster that made old-time baby buggies creepy as hell in a single, simple, and terrifying design. Jaws I'll accept no arguments here – a giant shark torpedoes toward an unsuspecting swimmer in the movie poster that made hotel pools a requirement, not a luxury. Creepshow A robed, one-eyed skeleton in a theater ticket booth? I'll take two, please! Creature from the Black Lagoon This movie poster contains snapshots that capture the setting's mood and foreshadow some of the action, but it's the central image of a mer-monster with a singlet-ed vixen in-tow that does the trick. The Fly Everyone, and I mean everyone, recognizes this poster. Even if they haven't seen the movie, which is what makes this design so awesome. Halloween The jack o' lantern to knife effect is wicked cool in this poster that spawned a decades-long horror icon. House Long before some gangly doctor claimed the name, House the horror movie scared us before we even watched it with its poster's image of a disembodied, rotting hand at the doorbell. THEM! I have never seen this movie and cannot vouch for its content; however, it's poster is a perfect rendering of the old creature features that used to collect nickels in droves. Friday the 13th Another iconic movie poster design, this time with a creative concept that places Camp Crystal Lake campers inside the silhouette of a murderer. The Shining The Shining had two movie posters, the first a creepy yellow and black with a faded evil face; the second with perhaps the most iconic freeze frame in all of horror movie history:

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Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Dead Alive really should be on this list

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

Jenn, is this the Dead Alive poster you mean? http://www.moviegoods.com/Assets/product_images/1020/199842.1020.A.jpg

If so, it's definitely original and creepy, but I'm not sure it stacks up against the others listed here. Make your case! :) Thanks for your feedback!

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

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January 07, 2016 03:21 am #

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