Horror movies have a rich and varied history that dates back nearly to the beginning of film itself. Horror is also perhaps the only genre where the movie posters are as important to fans as the film itself. A bad poster can instantly make the film appear cheap, goofy, and insure that itâ€™s not taken seriously which can crush its financial success right out of the gate. A great poster can turn a film with no big name recognition into an anticipated Halloween favorite that becomes a box office success just on the creepy imagery of its teaser poster. Here are 10 of the scariest Horror movie posters of all time.
Evil Dead (2013)
The original Evil Dead had decent posters, but they reflected the filmâ€™s miniscule budget and ambitions. The remake stepped up the game considerably with a variety of creepy posters featuring everything from the iconic cabin against a white background to other posters highlighting the threatening forest. This one stands out for being downright scary.
This film set the template for modern haunted house flicks, and its poster is one of the classics. Nothing fancy, just a look of terror on the protagonists face and eerie green font against a stark black background. Itâ€™s as effectively simple as the film itself.
No, not the Uwe Boll video game film disaster. This forgotten classic about escaped insane asylum patients wreaking havoc on a neighboring town has a badass poster to match. Just a man with his bloody machete in front of a forest silhouetted by the full moon and a lone home in the middle ready for the taking.
This zombie cult classic from the â€˜80â€™s may have more light comic touches than other films of its genre, but that doesnâ€™t mean it canâ€™t have effectively creepy poster art. Featuring a hand from a zombie that knows how to open doors breaking into a home, it sets the tone for the film to come.
The poster for The Exorcist is one of the most recognizable of any genre of film. The poster, like the film, is all about mood and atmosphere. Its stark black and white image of the priest about to enter the home of the possessed girl is at once mundane and unsettling in equal measure.
The remake of the 70â€™s classic The Omen may have been lousy, but the poster wasnâ€™t. Striking in its simplicity it has the evil child Damien against a blood red background with his shadow forming an inverted cross, a symbol that all by itself sends chills through anyone who sees it.
Like the film, the poster for Rosemaryâ€™s Baby has a quiet dreadful undertone to it. Youâ€™re not sure what itâ€™s supposed to be representing but you know nothing good is coming out of that baby carriage, and Mia Farrowâ€™s blank expression in soft focus in the background only heightens the uncomfortable mood.
This yearâ€™s instant classic demonic possession/haunted house horror film comes with an instant classic of a poster to match. Prominently featuring maybe the scariest looking tree in existence, complete with the chilling noose, it instantly catches the eye and makes you wonder what this thing is all about. Itâ€™s a curious decision to leave the house that is most prominently featured in the film in the background, but itâ€™s a decision that works wonders for the poster.
Freddy Krueger was never necessarily the scariest of horror antagonists, but Wes Cravenâ€™s return to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise in the mid 90â€™s aimed to change that. It worked in the film, and it definitely worked for the poster which is why it’s on this list of horror movie posters. Cleverly concealing Kruegerâ€™s updated and much more horrifying look in the film, it simply features his evil burning eyes against the pitch black background leaving everything up to the viewerâ€™s imagination. It fits with the filmâ€™s evolution away from corny one liners and cheap gags, and aims squarely to frighten.
The best is saved for last. Nearly every horror film that came after John Carpenterâ€™s Halloween owes everything to it. There were multiple great creepy posters for the film, but for my money the scariest one is the one that features Michael Meyers and his iconic mask that is still unsettling to this day. Like most of the posters on this list, simplicity is the key to true scares. Featuring Meyers creeping down the stairs looking for his next victim, it has the tagline â€œEveryone is entitled to one good scareâ€. Indeed.
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