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Greg Nicotero Taps Into Nostalgia With These “The Walking Dead” Posters

Courtesy of Michael Broom and John Wheaton

AMC is pulling from Netflix’s playbook in tapping into nostalgia in promoting their 100th episode of “The Walking Dead”. Much like the series of “Stranger Things” posters that gave homage to horror classics, these pieces of “The Walking Dead” art do the same, giving nods to The Thing, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future, Alien, Black Runner, The Exorcist, Ghostbusters, The Mummy, Night of the Living Dead and more.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to celebrate that we’ve done 100 episodes,” Greg Nicotero tells THR of the series of posters he and his KNB colleagues created to honor the show’s milestone episode.

As “The Walking Dead” started rapidly shuffling toward its milestone 100th episode, airing Oct. 22, Nicotero started musing on ways to combine his love for posters and his love for the show he’s worked on for the better part of a decade, explains the site. The idea was finally cracked during a fateful conversation with series lead Andrew Lincoln.

“I was standing in front of the Sanctuary with Andy, shooting the first episode of [season eight], and we started talking about this idea that I had,” Nicotero remembers. “And he said to me, ‘What if we did The Exorcist, and you use the front of the Sanctuary as the building, and you have a stream of light coming out, with Rick Grimes standing there?’ And I looked at him and went, ‘That’s exactly what I’m talking about.’ It was just perfect.”

From there, Nicotero called upon two of his KNB associates, Michael Broom and John Wheaton, to team on a series of posters meant to mash the show with classic movies together. We’ve been detailing them for months now, but here’s the full result. Which one is your favorite?

All posters courtesy of Michael Broom and John Wheaton



  • The chicken man

    Am I crazy, or were these posters already posted?

    • J Jett

      you’re not crazy. actually there are a bunch of new additions that weren’t posted with the original article/posters.

      • The chicken man

        Ok, that explains it. It was familiar, yet not. Thanks! 🙂

  • Noah Holt

    Stranger Things already did it!

    • Shane Scully

      And they did it way better than these photo-shop nightmares.

    • HarryIsAScam

      And many shows before shitty Stranger Things did it, too.

  • Aslinn McIntyre

    These are great

  • Travis_Bickle

    Great…next make the show watchable.

    • J Jett

      LOL! so true!

  • Darren Kerr

    One is okay…the rest are shite.

  • DukeStKing

    Carol instead of Tara for the Blade Runner poster.

  • NoGutzNoGory

    The Thing style one is the best… the rest………. well, whoever made them had fun, I guess.

  • gjk2012 .

    Looking at these references makes me want to throw up.

  • Necro

    1) ‘Night of the Living Dead’ 2) ‘The Exorcist’ 3) ‘Alien’ The rest are ass! Also I think the ‘Ghostbusters’ one is the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen!

  • MrX13

    The Thing poster was the best one! Others are done well like The Exorcist, Alien, and The Mummy. The one that made me laugh was Back to the Future…hahaha. The Ghostbusters poster looked decent because it looked cartoonish.

  • SpaceManSpliffz .

    neat, but come on. where is the original art?

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