Movie Poster “FRIDAY”

Hello everyone and welcome back to Man vs Horror.  I’ve been a bit busy so I apologize for not posting anything for the past week and a half.  To make up for it, I’ll do a Special Edition of Movie Poster Monday in honor of today, when the biggest and most anticipated superhero movie of all time is released (or until Marvel releases Avengers II).  That’s right folks, I’m talking about The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s conclusion to his Bat mythos.  As an avid comic book fan and a die hard Batman fan, I decided to go off the horror track and offer you a Batman themed edition of Movie Poster Monday.  Without further adieu:

Batman (1989)

Nicholson!  Keaton!  Batman!  A simple yet effective poster that conveys one simple message:  WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!!  IT’S BATMAN WITH NICHOLSON AND KEATON!!!!!  This poster is what built the hype machine for Batman in 1989 and brought a new generation of viewers/readers into the world of Gotham City. Continue reading

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Movie Poster Monday

Hello and welcome back to Man vs Horror.  Today we have quite the unique matchup:  one is a hated sci-fi movie that is based on a beloved comic book, and the other is by far one of the creepiest films you will ever watch.  Ladies and gentlemen, let the battle begin:

Non-Horror

For this movie being complete garbage, this poster is pretty sweet.  The whole essence of the Judge Dredd comic book is a lonely, solitary, faceless man’s journey as he dishes out his brand of justice on the scum of Mega-City One.  That is one big reason why this movie failed:  it did not follow the source material.  Instead of a faceless man who dishes out justice, we see Stallone’s mug every minute as he screams some form of LAW!!!!!!!!  The poster does convey the message of the comic book as we see the faceless Dredd, with a sneer that could frighten the devil, watching over his precious city.  Let’s hope the reboot serves the comic book “justice.”  See what I did right there???????

Horror

WOW!  Not only does this film give you goosebumps, the poster is frightening.  I mean, come on, look at that chair!!!!!!  What’s it doing there?  Where’s the person who’s supposed to be sitting in it?  Maybe he’s here.  The poster has several elements:  the ghostly man in the corner, the creepy building up top, and that chair right dab in the middle of it all.  Even the font of the text is creepy.  And the tagline, “Fear Is A Place,” is the icing on the cake of this excellent poster.  If you haven’t seen this one yet, stop what you’re doing and watch it.  I guarantee it’ll be a great experience if you want a haunted house film that is pure character analysis.  (And what’s with the chair!?!?!?)

Movie Poster Monday

Hello and welcome back to Man vs Horror.  Today we have two films with shock, twist endings.  One twist ending has been dissected and analyzed to try to solve the film’s riddle while the other has a sad, disturbing ending that breaks far from the source material.  Also, the poster shares a common theme:  the protagonist has his back to us while he stares at what’s ahead.

Non-Horror

One look of this poster makes you think “what the hell am I looking at?”  Structurally, this poster has a lot going on in it.  Leo is holding a gun, in a suit, in the middle of a flooded city.  But why?  This poster certainly passes the “look test,” causing you to stop what you’re doing, stare at it, and draw your own conclusions as to what the hell is going on.  For a few months after the first teaser trailer hit during Super Bowl XLIV, nobody had a clue as to what the film was going to be about and the poster doesn’t help either.  The poster, like the film, is very fresh and evokes a great sense of mystery.

Horror

Another poster that passes the “look test.”  Like the Inception poster, it really forces you to ask yourself “what the hell is going on?” But unlike Inception, you have a clue as to what’s going on:  a father and son are hiding in a building from the mist that’s outside.  But the $64,000 question is: what’s in the mist?  The poster gives no indication as to what’s in it or why they are hiding from it, but you get the assumption that the mist is bad.  The lighting is superb as well, with shades of dark light and smack in the middle, bright, almost holy light.  Fantastic poster for a fantastic little gem.

Tales from the Hood

Year of Release:  1995

Directed by:  Rusty Cundieff

Source:  Netflix (instant stream)

Average IMDb Rating:  5.8

Average Rotten Tomatoes Rating:  38%

What is it about anthology films that are so appealing to the horror fan?  Could it be that we don’t just get one horror story, but multiple ones?  I personally love anthology films, from Trick ‘r Treat to both Creepshows (let’s pretend that the third one doesn’t exist), it’s my favorite sub-genre in horror.  However, there are a lot more bad ones than good ones.  For every classic, like Creepshow, we get several bad films a la Campfire Tales and George Romero Presents Deadtime Stories.  However, every once in a while we get a diamond in the rough.  The gem I’m referring to is a Spike Lee produced joint from the mid 90s that never gets addressed in the world of horror:  Tales from the Hood. Continue reading

Movie Poster Monday

Hello and welcome back to Man vs Horror.  Today, we have a true David vs Goliath battle between our two posters.  One, is one of the greatest travesties in the history of cinema.  The other, an overlooked camp classic from the 80s.  And now, our matchup:

Non-Horror

1999.  Some were calling it the greatest summer of all time because Hollywood was set to release some of the most anticipated movies of all time:  The Mummy, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Eyes Wide Shut, South Park, The Blair Witch Project, and the first movie that I ever attended for a midnight release, Star Wars Episode 1:  The Phantom Menace.  At 15 years old, seeing this poster, I was blown away by the design and the simplicity of it:  that little kid is destined to be Darth Vader one day.  While there were other posters that really showcased the other characters in the film, this poster highlights the only character that mattered: Vader.  Unfortunately, the movie couldn’t live up to the astronomical hype surrounding it, but for one magical summer, the world was re-introduced to Star Wars mania.

Horror

Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, or CHUD for short, is pure 80s cheese, but the poster, despite its Troma look, works.  Viewing this poster, it really makes you wonder “what the hell is a CHUD?”  Like the Episode I poster above, it really plays with your imagination:  what is a CHUD, what does it look like, and are there more?  The dark New York City in the background pops out as you stare at the nefarious creature surfacing from the underworld.  C.H.U.D. is an essential 80s cult flick, especially if you like Troma.

Movie Poster Monday

Hello and welcome back to Man vs Horror.  Today, we showcase a couple posters from two films that have it all:  fantastic villain, gory death scenes, and bloody violence.  One, a spin on World War II, the other, the film that started the “torture porn” craze of the mid-2000s.  Enjoy.

Non-Horror


The poster of Inglorious Basterds does a really good job on giving the audience a hint of the violence to come in this bloody World War II pic by the acclaimed, nerd-god director, Quentin Tarantino.  The red from the nazi swastika really jumps and brings your attention to the knife covered in blood.  A simple poster that tells a story of a man killing an acceptable target, a nazi.

Horror

Wow.  Talk about a poster passing the “look test.”  A movie called Saw, with an actual saw on top of the poster and a severed hand on the bottom of the poster really creates a powerful image.  The decapitated hand looks gruesome covered in dirt and trickling blood, indicating that this has been a fresh amputation.  While the Saw sequels had better posters, the first one is classic and really makes you wonder, “would I be able to saw off a body part to survive?”

New Feature: Movie Poster Monday

To fight off writer’s block, I’ve decided to create a brand new weekly feature, highlighting my favorite movie posters of all time.  To differentiate my selections, I will showcase one horror movie poster and one non-horror movie poster.  I might have a theme between the two posters or I might not.  Just know that I am only showcasing the quality of the poster and not the content of the films themselves.  The only real criteria I have for these posters is the “Look Test”:  If you were in a movie theater, walked by these posters, stopped, and looked, you passed the look test.

And now, presented for the first time ever, here are the first two posters for Movie Poster Monday:

NON-HORROR

The Incredible Hulk (2008)  Talk about an effective poster.  The image of a lonely, sad Bruce Banner with his dark side, the Hulk, leering behind him invokes a powerful message:  no matter where you go, your dark side will always follow you.  I personally was a fan of this reboot of the Incredible Hulk franchise despite what all the critics said about it.  Plus, that opening act in Brazil is straight bad ass.

HORROR

Tales from the Hood (1995)  Even though it is perceived as a so-so horror flick by most critics/fans/bloggers, I think this was one of the better anthology films not only of the 90s, but of all time.  But to the haters out there, you have to admit, this poster is pretty bad ass.  It looks like the Cryptkeeper if he was a hardcore gangster from the 90s.  The single gold tooth and the dark rimmed shades really make the image pop out to you.  Plus, couldn’t you picture 2Pac rocking this tattoo somewhere on his body?