Do you love horror poster art as much as we do? Then Graphic Obsession is your (scary) dream come true. This week we've decided to take a look at ten of our favorite illustrated posters. Pen and ink, pastel, oil and watercolor; we don't need photos around here, all we need is an amazing artist and a unique vision. Check them out after the jump.
It's not surprising that Frank Darabont's great and underrated Stephen King adaptation would have a poster as evocative as you see above. An artful, terrifying illustrated poster like this makes sense coming from a director who prefers you watch his film in black and white.
Friday the 13th
Is there anything more you need to know about Friday the 13th that this poster doesn't tell you? You get the woods, a camp and some freaked out teens all in the outline of a hulking figure with a knife. Yep, that about sums it up.
Army of Darkness
Now this poster is pure garishness. In the grand tradition of space operas and adventure movies, we get Ash and his fair maiden standing against the hordes of undead gladiators. It's a little bit silly in its self-seriousness, but that's how we love it.
It's just one little spider; it won't be so bad, right? This awesome illustrated poster lulls us into a false sense of security. Mix in a great spider's-eye-view of the unsuspecting town and the words "one bad attitude" and we're sold on this poster.
Bold statement: this may be one of the greatest horror movie posters of all time. Our protagonist, just a lonely silhouette in the window, seems no match at all to the swirling terror above him. And the madness in the face of the cloud is still chilling after all these years.
This poster is funny and it gets the job done. We love just how gory the rotten hand looks ringing that doorbell. It's equal parts disgusting and comical!
Talk about classic movie posters! This Herzog directed retelling of the classic vampyre tale does a wonderful job at capturing the tone of the film. It's grand, foreboding, sinister and slightly sexy (just like Klaus Kinski).
This is a brutal poster and most of the charm is in its bluntness. The image is shocking and the colors are crisp. Is Maniac a great flick? Maybe not. But did the poster really and truly do its job? Yes indeed.
The Return of the Living Dead
Yes, this poster is silly. Undead punks spray-painting a tombstone may not elicit the fear that some of the other posters on this list exude. But The Return of the Living Dead is a sloshy, messy, fun punk horror movie, and the poster nails that attitude.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
There's something hopeless about this poster. The victim is completely helpless. Our antagonist looks soulless. This is really one of the pinnacles of horror movie posters. Imagine not knowing anything about this movie except the (brilliant) title and this poster. You would fly into that grind house theater.
Did we miss something crucial? Was your favorite illustrated horror movie left on the drafting floor? Let us know in the comments below.