Film Posters

The 50 Best Movie Posters of 2015

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The art of the poster is more powerful than ever, with more movie studios taking risks and turning to independent artists for their designs. A poster can make or break a movie before it even hits theaters, and this year certainly saw a couple of questionable design decisions that colored our perception (Gaspar Noé is banned from using gooey fonts for eternity). In the meantime, we’re celebrating the best of 2015’s poster art — the illustrations, indie artworks, and fine photographs that captured our imaginations. Also included are several upcoming films that debuted their poster designs this year. Feel free to name your personal favorites, below.
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Convincing Posters That Cast Classic Stars in Contemporary Films

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If you worship cinema’s holy trinity of “Davids,” which includes David Lynch, David Fincher, and David Cronenberg, you’ll adore graphic designer Peter Stults’ What If: Movies Reimagined for Another Time and Place poster series. The New York-based artist trades contemporary actors with classic stars (and directors) on the posters for modern films. In this volume of his one-sheet remakes, which we learned about on Booooooom, Stults tackles the filmographies of the three Davids — along with other movies, like Guardians of the Galaxy (with Michael Jackson in the lead role, which suddenly makes complete sense).
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The Best Designs from the Underground Film Poster Movement

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The alternative film poster phenomenon started with small companies like Austin’s Mondo. It’s since grown into an underground movement. Artists like Gary Pullin, Tracie Ching, Randy Ortiz, and Dave Perillo are just a few of the creators challenging the Hollywood market with fan-favorite designs that speak to the genre-savvy and classic movie lovers.
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Mind-Bending Czech Posters for American Movies

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Looking at these Czech movie posters from the Terry Posters website, by way of Dangerous Minds, it’s clear that Americans are doing it wrong. We imagine filmmakers like Terry Gilliam and Alejandro Jodorowsky would approve of these kaleidoscopic designs. The ghoulish artwork for Ghostbusters makes it look like an entirely different film. Iconic film characters, such as a t-shirt-clad James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, have been transformed into psychedelic alter egos. Most of the posters were created in the 1960s and ‘70s (though most of the films were created decades before that), which explains the technicolor palette. Take a trip, the mind-bending kind, below.
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Exciting Posters for Cult Movie Sequels That Never Happened

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The powers that be in Hollywood have been working overtime and turning the crank on the sequel machine for decades. Sometimes it’s hard not to be cynical about a part two when many movie follow-ups are made simply for the money. But what about a sequel that fans actually want? Enter iam8bit’s latest exhibition, Sequel — part tribute to the cult movies we love, part commentary on Hollywood’s obsession with sequels. Our fellow pop culture-loving friends at the West Coast gallery invited more than 40 artists to imagine movie sequels that never were. If you’ve had your fingers crossed for another Goonies, Blade Runner, or Labyrinth, then this is your happy place. We have a preview of these fictional follow-ups, below (prints will be available for purchase at iam8bit). If you’re in the Los Angeles area, RSVP today for the opening of Sequel on Thursday, November 13 at 7PM. The show runs through November 23.
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Mega Minimalist Movie Posters: Can You Guess the Films?

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Great design stands the test of time. In the case of these iconic film posters, abstracted by London-based designer and art director John Taylor, the images are resilient enough to remain recognizable even when given the minimalist treatment. Taylor’s Film the Blanks series, which we first learned about on Co.Design, remixes cinema’s most famous one-sheets down to their core elements. He posts the images on his website and encourages readers to participate in a guessing game. “Filmtheblanks.com evolved from a personal project into a daily global quiz and jumped from computer screen to silkscreen as a series of limited edition prints,” Taylor writes. So for contemporary film poster fans who prefer Taylor’s stripped down versions instead of the originals, he has various ephemera available for sale on his website. In the spirit of Taylor’s quiz, we’ve featured ten of his designs past the break—with the titles blacked out (highlight or double-click to view).
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