10 Iconic Movie Posters That Would Look Great In Any Room
It’s rare that a week goes by where we don’t watch at least 1-2 new movies, so as you can imagine, we have seen more than our fair share of movies over the years. Like most people these days, we tend to watch movies from the comfort of our own home the majority of the time, but lucky for those in the UK, they have the Cineworld Unlimited card (which essentially gives them an unlimited number of trips to local cinemas for around £14/month). Definitely, this would increase trips to the big screen if we had it here as well.
Now for us who don't have that amazing Cineworld Unlimited card, we're stuck in our homes still. But it doesn't mean that you couldn't pimp out your room to look like a true blue cinema. So, here's our share of 10 iconic movie posters that would look great in any room:
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#1 – The Thing
Designed by Drew Struzan back in 1982, the movie poster for The Thing is almost certainly one of the most iconic movie posters of all-time, and it’s got one hell of a story behind it.
According to Struzan, Universal Studios called him one morning and asked if he’d be interested in creating the poster art for the remake of The Thing. But, there was a catch: the poster needed to be completed by the next morning, and Universal Studios didn’t even have any photos or concept art for him to use.
Struzan accepted the job, regardless, as he had an immediate idea for a concept. He then dressed up in a winter coat and told his wife to take a Polaroid photo of him; the photo was then used as the base for the sketch you see on the final poster concept.
#2 – Batman
Designed by creative agency, B.D. Fox Independent; this Batman movie poster has undoubtedly become one of the most widely recognised movie posters in history.
It’s quite a simplistic design, featuring little aside from a stark black and yellow Bat-emblem, but this is precisely the reason it works so well; it’s eye-catching and draws you in.
Fun fact: it was designed by the same creative agency behind the movie poster for the 80’s hit: Beetlejuice. However, the two posters couldn’t be more different, which was intentional.
#3 – Star Wars
When 20th Century Fox was seeking a designer for Star Wars’ poster art, they initially called upon Frank Frazetta, the American artist who was perhaps most well-known at the time for designing the Conan the Barbarian book covers.
For whatever reason, though, Frazetta never did take the job, so instead, 20th Century Fox called upon Tom Jung (who had previously designed the posters for Lord of the Rings and Dr. Zhivago).
Jung was given the task of creating something “Frazetta-esque”; the result was what you see above.
#4 – A Clockwork Orange
Stanley Kubrick called upon Bill Gold – a veteran designer with decades of experience under his belt – to design the movie poster for Clockwork Orange.
After six months of countless concepts and sketches, however, Gold didn’t have anything concrete. So, he teamed up with Ivan Punchatz and the pair designed an eye-catching poster, in which the lead character was crucified on a computer-generated cross.
Needless to say, Stanley Kubrick didn’t like it, so the pair went back to the drawing board and came up with what you see above.
#5 – Attack of the 50-Foot Woman
Released in the 1950’s, Attack of the 50-Foot Woman has gone-on to become an absolute classic, despite being released at a time when Hollywood was facing more than it’s fair share of difficulties.
Reynold Brown was responsible for the design of the movie poster (seen above): a man well known for incorporating monsters into his poster designs.
However, unlike most of his other posters, this poster for Attack of the 50-Foot Woman didn’t feature any scary-looking monsters at all; instead, the woman was the monster.
#6 – Ghostbusters
Ghostbusters was a movie poster that thought outside the box; it didn’t even feature the title of the movie.
It also didn’t feature a number of other seemingly important pieces of information, such as the list of stars (which included Bill Murray, by the way), the director, or even the release date.
It was an absolute tease of a poster, and thanks to the now iconic and eye-catching illustration of the ghost inside a red circle, it actually worked and managed to generate a tonne of traction for the movie.
#7 – Jaws
Tony Seiniger designed this movie poster for Jaws back in the mid-1970s, and to this day, it’s one of the most iconic and memorable movie posters in the history of cinema.
Seiniger follows two rules when designing movie posters: firstly, the poster has to be different, meaning that it features something that nobody has ever done before; and secondly, it must tell a story in just a few seconds.
This poster fits the bill when it comes to both of those rules, as the story is pretty clear from the stark imagery alone.
#8 – Blade Runner
Blade Runner is a movie that is particularly memorable thanks to its beautifully crafted futuristic landscapes, as well as Harrison Fords’ performance, of course.
But, it’s also memorable thanks to this poster, designed by John Alvin (the guy behind the posters for E.T., The Lion King, and many others).
It’s a poster that does a great job of reflecting the overall look and feel of the film, and the beautifully illustrated colourful design almost appears to leap off the page.
It would definitely liven up just about any room.
#9 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” is one of my all-time personal favourite movies; it’s action-packed (an understatement, perhaps) and Harrison Ford is almost certainly at his prime: it’s perfect, and so is the movie poster.
Designed by Richard Amsel, it reflects everything that’s great about the movie: it lets you know that you’re in for a wild ride, but also gives you a hint regarding the romance that blossoms in the movie (I won’t spoilt it for you).
#10 – Vertigo
There’s no doubt about it, James Stewart is one of the finest actors ever to have lived, and his performance in Vertigo (perhaps my favourite Hitchcock movie of all-time) is utter perfection.
In my opinion, this poster is also utter perfection: it’s stark, bold, colourful, and if you stare at it for long enough, you’re bound to start seeing an optical illusion.
Legendary movie poster designer, Saul Bass, designed it.
Bio: Josh lives and works in the UK; he’s currently employed as a graphic designer on a freelance basis. He loves working with clients, almost as much as he loves movies. He has a collection of almost 100 Blu-rays.
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