A column where horror and nostalgia meet. Topics range from VHS, Vinyl, repertory screenings and a hodge-podge of anything else horror related that that harkens back to the days of yesteryear.
It’s a twofer! This is both my list of the top 15 horror flicks of 1983 and my ranking of them by their studio issued poster. And not surprisingly, my favorite film is not my favorite poster. For example, Videodrome is my clear favorite film, but I’ve never loved the poster.
Poster art has dramatically changed over the years. Each decade has had it’s own style, starting in the 1920s which focused heavily on hand drawn scenes from the films. The 1930s and 1940s brought iconic and bold typography and what would eventually become the bane of movie poster existence, the floating head. Experimental and concept posters began popping up in the 1950s and 1960s along with using the typography to tell a story or invoke a mood. The 1970s shifted towards photography. But for me, the 1980s is when movie posters hit their peak (and boy did they plummet after, yeesh, the ‘90s).
Seeing posters in the ‘80s almost always brought a sense of awe and wonder. The posters made the films appear to all be amazing adventures I needed to see. Or they scared the piss out of me. Maybe I say that because I grew up then and am partial to the era, but I have a hard time believing a stock photo of an actor with sparks flying around him/her summon the same feelings from the youth today. For my money, the posters below are better than the vast majority of today’s efforts.
Without further ado, here’s the list! READ MORE