03 March 2008

The Art of Bad Movies: Posters

Something that I've come to realize is that very talented people are involved in making even the worst movies.

Do you ever get fired up by a trailer even when you know the movie will bomb? Have you marvelled at beautiful scenery in a film that otherwise bored you to tears? This is a shout out to people who make those moments possible.

Movie posters in particular are an overlooked art form. My interest began with the poster for the 2006 movie Skinwalkers. Does anyone even remember this movie? Me neither, but the poster has stuck with me. I love the use of negative space and how the hair feels alive.

I'm an especially big fan of teaser posters. They're usually more restrained and are made to quickly catch your attention, since you don't know anything about the film yet. One good example is this poster for Lady in the Water. How excited were we for this movie?!
One of these behind the scenes artists is Drew Struzan. Some of the greatest posters from the 80s to today have been created by him. His style of painting is easily recognizable. He's done work for beloved classics such as the Indiana Jones series, The Goonies, and Back to the Future.

The good, the bad, and the... Dolph Lundgren.
But the occasional Heat and Dust, Cutthroat Island, and Dreamscape will find their way into the mix. These are still lovingly rendered and such posters are usually the only redeeming quality of the films they advertise.

So these are some of my favorites. If you have any gems of your own, comment it up.

1 comment:

doubleyou said...

that skin walkers one will give me bad dreams! whit