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The 10 Best Horror Movie Posters of 2016!

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A poster is the best marketing tool for a film outside of its trailer. When I was a kid (before the days when posters were plastered all over the internet), I used to get to the movie theater 45 minutes early so I would have time to walk the halls and look at all of the posters for the coming attractions. There’s just something so fun about looking at posters and horror films arguably have the best ones. This year saw some particularly creative posters get released, so I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites. With that being said, here are 10 of the best posters for horror films released this year!*

*Keep in mind that this is a judgment on the poster only. The quality of the movie has nothing to do with the posters included on this list.

10. 10 Cloverfield Lane

The marketing team being Dan Trachtenberg’s 10 Cloverfield Lane deserves an award for their efforts. After keeping the film’s true identity a secret for so long (its working title was Valencia) the surprise trailer was released a mere two months before the film was. The poster take the minimalist approach, using the slight imagery of a house on top of black space to allude to the isolation Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) feels in the film.

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9. The Shallows

Simplicity is the name of the game in the poster for The Shallows, which highlights a fear-inducing point-of-view shot from a shark. It makes no qualms about ripping off a similar shot from Steven Spielberg’s Jaws. The tagline is pretty clever (and very literal) as well, considering that the film was initially titled In the Deep.

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8. The Neon Demon

The poster for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is a lot like the film itself: not a lot of substance but it’s very pretty to look at. Look how it sparkles!

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7. Nina Forever

It’s easy to appreciate when a poster is upfront and honest with you about the movie it is advertising. This risqué poster for the British horror comedy Nina Forever does just that. It is most definitely a “fucked up fairy tale.” You’ve got to admire its candor.

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6. Lights Out

Do you detect a trend in the types of posters that I like? The poster for David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out features the simple image of a light switch secured to the on position with duct tape. Do you need to know anything else about the film? Nope.

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  • A2VL

    Boo! A Madea Halloween had such great posters but the movie itself was such a dud.

  • J Jett

    many of these are great. my favorite is the I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER poster.

  • Creepshow

    About “The Witch” poster….

    It looks like a small (long nosed) rodent is about to munch on Black Philip’s eyeball.

    • ElGanso


      • Creepshow

        As hard as I try, I can’t “not” see it.
        Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to live with it now.

  • Matt

    For me, the best 2 are ‘The Shallows’ and ‘Lights out’, as they elicit a real feeling of foreboding. That ‘Nina Forever’ one is…ahem….interesting (!!!!), to say the least, but it certainly wouldn’t fly here in the States.

  • Cappy Tally

    Really? A Madea movie takes the top spot for parodying other classic posters? C’mon. That’s a BS pick for the win.

    • Sorry you disagree! I think they’re fantastic.

      • Cappy Tally

        Except it’s not a horror movie, the posters are starting with artwork that’s already iconic as a base, and they don’t even do anything clever. Oh wow glasses on a pumpkin, big freaking deal.

  • Andrew LaSane


  • Biscoito18

    Ridiculous choices

  • Vincent Kane

    The Witch’s poster is as boring as the movie itself. So I guess it accomplished it’s goal…

    • obabadook

      the only thing good about the witch was the end, the end delivered BUT the first and second act were pretty unbearable

  • amir ezra

    The Barn have a nice retro poster. One of the poster for Baskin with a shrouded body hanging over a cauldron is pretty gruesome.

    Neon Demon have a bunch more prettier glittery poster than the one above, that one is the most plain actually. Dont like the movie though.

  • disqus_uPh3WDxbQy

    Beyond the Fates is my favorite from the list.

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