When it comes to movie posters, the horror genre is the one holding all the cards. Throughout history, there have been countless brilliant, shocking, crude, creepy and entertaining posters which evoke as much emotion as the film that they are advertising. Iconography from the horror genre lends itself well to the poster medium, and there are many heavily stylized posters which stand out and grab your attention, whilst there are also many minimalist designs that are particularly haunting and evoke a sense of dread. Here are 12 fantastic designs which will adorn the walls of horror buffs around the world.
12. The Blair Witch Project
The woods have always been a great setting for horror, and this is brilliantly used in this poster as well as the film, The Blair Witch Project. Black takes up the majority of the image, but at the top we see the tops of bare trees which evoke a sense of evil and unknown in the woods below. In the bottom half is the now-iconic (and often parodied) face of one of the fear-struck main characters with a light shone on her face. In the middle of the poster, there is the creepy stick figure which they find in the woods with the text describing the premise and how “a year later their footage was found.” The Blair Witch Project is one of the key found footage films which are now immensely popular, and this makes it a powerful tagline that was highly original at the time.