Film Posters

Exciting Posters for Cult Movie Sequels That Never Happened

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. … Read More

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Mega Minimalist Movie Posters: Can You Guess the Films?

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). … Read More

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Stunning Swedish Posters for Classic Hollywood Films

It would probably seem oddly specific if we opted to plaster our walls with a bunch of Swedish posters for films from the 1920s and ’30s, wouldn’t it? But they’re all so well-executed — from the unexpected typefaces to the rich color palettes — that we’re a bit tempted by the idea! Click through to see a selection of the gorgeous artwork, all pulled from a lovely stash assembled by Will Schofield at 50 Watts (who found them as expired auction listings), and let us know in the comments which of these vintage beauties is your favorite of bunch. … Read More

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Reimagined Posters for Classic ’60s and ’70s Films

We’ve been keeping tabs on British film mag Little White Lies and their ongoing collaborations with local galleries, exhibiting film posters that reimagine iconic movies through contemporary artists. The publication’s newest joint venture is with Paris concept store Colette — a show that opened just in time for the inaugural Cannes Film Festival celebrations and runs until June 2. Thirteen new artists and films have been added to the overall collection. See how Superman’s signature curl figures into Vahram Muratyan’s design, appreciate Geneviève Gauckler’s Warriors interpretation, and remember the figure in red in Paul X Jonhson’s Don’t Look Now artwork by heading past the break. Pick up your own poster in the online shop. … Read More

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Hans Hillmann's Cleverly Abstract Film Posters

Playing with textures, graphic forms, and minimal design, artist Hans Hillmann is one of the most notable film poster illustrators — having created over one hundred of the most sophisticated and sought after designs from the 1950s through the ’70s. Many of the works have become synonymous with the iconic films they represent — including Robert Bresson’s Pickpocket, which features a disembodied hand reaching out from a pocket. His different designs complement the style of each movie, ranging from understated, to abstract, and boldly surreal — all of them cleverly executed. This Must Be the Place recently reminded us of Hillmann’s fantastic creations, and we’ve shared several of them with you past the break. Chime in with your favorites in the comments below. … Read More

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Gorgeous Vintage Polish Film Poster Collection

Eye Sea Posters showcases a stunning collection of original vintage film posters — most of which are from Poland — from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Surreal art and stylish typography combine to create memorable images, that include everything from pistols bearing eyeballs, to butterfly humanoids, and other uniquely bizarre works. Proprietor James Dyer shared a bit of history behind the designs in a recent interview.

“During the communist period in Poland the state controlled the film industry and established artists were commissioned to design film posters. Unlike most film posters, the use of photos of film stars or film stills wasn’t mandatory, and most of the time even the main actors’ names didn’t feature prominently in the designs. The artists had to convey the essence of the film in their designs and were given artistic freedom to do so which led to some truly original posters that sometimes feel completely detached from the film itself.”

And it’s true. If Sean Connery or David Lynch’s names weren’t printed amongst the outlandish images, you might not be sure you were even looking at a movie poster. Minimalist poster fans will certainly find plenty to appreciate here. Click through for a closer look.  … Read More

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Claudia Varosio’s Boldly Illustrated Film Posters

Claudia Varosio beautifully reimagines her favorite movies, illustrating the films’ new posters in a graphically gorgeous style. Varosio finds inspiration in the works of Saul Bass and poster artists from the first half of last century, as well as the works of comic artists like Adrian Tomine and Dan Clowes. Some of her pieces are rendered in a striking, bold style, while others are quiet drawings set against muted backgrounds. (Jaws never looked so pretty before.) Click through to enjoy her cinematic wonders, and share your favorites below. … Read More

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Reimagined Posters for Classic 1970s Films

First, a disclaimer: We’re of the opinion that it would be impossible for anyone to outdo the original poster for Annie Hall. The image of Annie and Alvy standing face-to-face is perfect in its simplicity. That said, we’re always happy to see artists engage in a little cinematic homage. Such is the case with LWL70, an exhibition of reimagined 1970s film posters commissioned by Little White Lies, a British film magazine, that are currently on display at the East London-based Kemistry Gallery. Click through to view some of our favorite work from the show, and if you like what you see, snap up an affordable art print in the online shop. … Read More

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Gallery: Modern Films and TV Shows as Retro Video Games

Many thanks to ANIMAL for pointing out Penney Design’s illustrations of retro video game boxes based on modern film and TV shows; the work is the London-based designer’s nod at the “lackluster” video game tie-ins that many of us grew up playing (Back to Future for NES, anyone?). Click through for a gallery of highlights from the series, complete with cartridges for a select titles. … Read More

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Kiddie Tales Reimagined as Hollywood Films

Inspired by the Red Riding Hood reboot hitting theaters this weekend, Canadian cartoonist Steve Murray, better known by his pen name Chip Zdarsky, has designed a clever series of posters for film adaptations that could easily follow in its footsteps. Click through and let us know which of his re-imagined children’s tales is your favorite of the bunch; we’re partial to Tim Burton’s 3D take on Green Eggs and Ham. … Read More

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