10 Horror Movie Posters for Halloween Design Inspiration

October 19, 2015

image[43] The horror genre has produced some of the most iconic movies posters of all time: "Jaws," "Halloween" and "The Fly," for starters. While some horror movie posters depict gruesome imagery that delivers a shock factor, I think the best horror movie posters are understated – they offer just a hint of the horrors within. Such designs are intriguing, and intrigue creates desire and motivates response. It’s a great marketing strategy, which is why you can draw on the following 10 horror movie posters for Halloween design inspiration (all posters and their variations can be found on International Movie Poster Awards).

1. The Strangers

We don’t need blood and guts – or even a screaming woman – to find this movie poster terrifying. strangers_ver3  

2. All The Boys Love Mandy Lane

Would a rose by any other name be so insidious? all_the_boys_love_mandy_lane_ver6  

3. The Exorcist

A possessed Linda Blair wouldn’t have been as creepy as this design; the priest is cast as a shadow in the light of an otherworldly power. exorcist_ver2  

4. Funny Games

A picture can be worth a thousands words; or, in this case, a thousand questions. Why is this woman so distraught? funny_games  

5. The Silence of the Lambs

This film features some of the most memorable and grisly scenes in horror cinema, but its understated poster doesn’t need them to give us the creeps. silence_of_the_lambs_ver2  

6. Silver Bullet

One of a handful of werewolf-themed 1980’s flicks that didn’t need blood – or even the villain – to deliver a chilling poster. silver_bullet  

7. Rosemary’s Baby

Is the baby in danger, or THE danger? rosemarys_baby  

8. Fright Night

The illustrated clouds lend a sense of the fate that is about to descend on the house below. A classic 1980’s horror movie poster! fright_night  

9. Friday the 13th

Framing the campers in the killer’s silhouette? Genius! friday_the_thirteenth  

10. Grace

What’s in the bottle… is it blood? Why? Another intriguing poster that begs us to watch the film. grace   Consider how these movie posters eschew the grotesque in favor of symbolism, understatement, and intrigue; then apply those same principles to your own Halloween designs. And when you’re ready to bring your work to live – whether you’re designing a poster or postcard – get premium printing at discount prices from PsPrint.

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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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