Update: Even though we posted this gem way back in 2012, there are sites writing about it this very morning. Thus, here it is again. It’s cool, so why not?!
There’s currently a Stanley Kubrick exhibit at LACMA that is by all accounts stunning (ie I need to get off my ass and see it). One of the displays centers around rejected posters for the his 1980 film The Shining. It’s one of my favorite horror films and I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite Kubrick film (that standing changes from time to time). One of the coolest bits from it seems to be this set of rejected posters from Saul Bass – you can even read what looks to be Kubrick’s handwritten notes as to why he didn’t feel they worked.
Per The Fox Is Black (whom these posters are from), “One of the coolest parts, especially for a designer like myself, was these sketches by Saul Bass for the film poster of The Shining. Previously I had no idea that Saul Bass had created the original poster (which you can see at the top) so this was a really cool surprise. I’ve read online that Kubrick made Bass go through at least 300 versions of the poster until finally ending on the extremely alien looking version we now know.”
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Blurppy has taken it upon themselves to craft up some alternate posters for World War Z. Some of them are okay. All of them are more fun than the official teaser one-sheet.
Directed by Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace), the adaptation of Max Brooks’ “World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War” stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, Daniella Kertesz, James Badge Dale, Matthew Fox and David Morse.
In theaters June 21, 2013, “The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Enos plays Gerry’s wife Karen Lane; Kertesz is his comrade in arms, Segen.” READ MORE
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, his quasi Alien prequel, hit Blu-ray and DVD recently both in the UK and in the States. And what you’re seen is most certainly not the first conceptual iteration of the film.
Just as it morphed from a pure Alien prequel into something different (more on that here and here), the marketing campaign itself morphed as the studio went through its internal processes on how to best sell the film.
PrometheusMovie got their hands on some unused posters for the film. While I can’t be 100% sure that all of these are real (and the international and domestic dates are in flux), a lot of them sure seem like it. Some play up the xenomorph cave-drawing, some play up acidic alien blood eating through metal and others are variations of the existing campaign. While I’m assuming that the general direction of the film had long since been decided by the point Fox got around to testing these ideas, it’s interesting to see them move in a similar direction. Further and further from an Alien prequel.
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Movie posters seem to be a dying art these days. One of the reasons we get so excited over a good one is because it’s almost as rare as seeing a unicorn. While boutique companies like Mondo regularly craft amazing and passionate one-sheets, it’s a business that the studios themselves rarely engage in anymore. I mean, Drew Struzan is still around, don’t you guys think he should be working more? As far as horror posters go, the 70′s and 80′s were obviously the halcyon days.
And that’s not only in the US! Earlier today Lonmonster stumbled across a ton of 80′s horror movie posters from Thailand (via Monster Brains)! And they’re amazing! They’re like the classic 80′s US posters but go the extra mile that takes them totally over the top! If you’ve ever wanted to see insane one-sheets for Evil Dead, Scanners, Total Recall, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Evil Dead 2, The Amityville Horror, Return Of The Living Dead, Day Of The Dead, They Live and more… you’re in luck!
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