A film's marketing team will devote a solid amount of time to creating what they consider to be the very best poster but sometimes, fan-made ones can top absolutely anything the professionals can come up with. Here’s ten of our favourites.
American Psycho (2000)
The original American Psycho poster went more for an air of dark mystery and intrigue but this one fully embraces its darkly comic side placing Patrick Bateman’s (Christian Bale) gleefully screaming blood-spattered visage front and centre.
The background sheet of business cards is a great addition, simultaneously tying into the character’s deep obsession with his outward appearance and referencing one of the film’s funniest scenes, while the strange halo of weapons is the perfect juxtaposing image for encapsulating the film’s surreal, twisted tone.
Groundhog Day (1993)
The looming figure of a chubby-cheeked groundhog watching Bill Murray’s ever-exasperated weatherman Phil Connors fruitlessly trying to escape perfectly captures the spirit of the late Harold Ramis’s 1993 classic.
The positioning of the groundhog calls to mind the Grim Reaper ominously counting down somebody’s last days setting up how nightmarish a seemingly unbreakable time loop situation would actually be, but that’s offset by its adorableness and the poster’s quirky cartoon style which instead works to give it a comedic, off-the-wall feel.
Wonder Woman (2017)
Not only does this poster get you excited for some epic Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) battle action with that warrior pose, but also highlights the character’s deep ties to Greek mythology with the iconic vase design and cleverly references the film’s comedic fish-out-of-water elements by having her smash right through it.
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Steven Spielberg’s powerful Academy-Award winning film is famous for its extremely graphic battle scenes, particularly that incredibly intense first half hour on Omaha Beach, but this poster poignantly says so much about the real cost of War with just one simple but very striking image, the black and white colouring being used to very effectively highlight the needlessly huge death toll.
The Fly (1986)
By Aleksander Walijewski
This poster is very successful in giving you the same brilliantly uncomfortable feeling you get whilst enjoying body horror master David Cronenberg's 1986 classic. Those giant, grotesque fly eyes would be more than enough on their own, but there’s also that scarily blissful expression on Seth Brundle’s face (Jeff Goldblum) and line of drool which suggests he’s very content with his new monstrous state.
By Mann Ali
The original poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s chilling thriller was good because it contained a very clever, subtle easter egg to the film’s big twist, but this alternative take is a wonderfully original and interesting way of illustrating the dissociative identity disorder which plagues the film’s troubled villain Kevin (James McAvoy).
The Thing (1982)
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Everything that’s still so terrifying about John Carpenter’s horror masterpiece, that almost unbearably tense paranoid atmosphere and fantastic special effects which still look impressive today, is perfectly summed up in this poster which shows what a frighteningly impossible job the protagonists will have trying to weed out that deadly alien lifeform.
It might not be quite as in your face as the original poster for Zac Snyder’s enjoyably over-the-top historical action film which starred Gerard Butler’s screaming face and insanely sculpted abs, but it definitely gets you excited for the incredibly epic struggle that’s to follow.
The use of that incredibly eye-catching red highlights just how outnumbered the Spartans were, suggesting we’re in for plenty of thrilling, heart-stopping action and enjoyably gory battle sequences
The Descent (2005)
By Chris Weston
It’s never normally a good idea to show the audience your horror movie monster before they’ve seen the film but this fan-made poster for Neil Marshall’s oft overlooked British horror looks so amazingly cool that it just had to be included on this list.
The Witch (2015)
By Adam Juresko
Despite an excellent performance from Anna Taylor-Joy, Robert Eggers’s period horror ended up being a slow-paced anticlimactic disappointment, but this fantastic looking poster is everything it’d should’ve been and more.
The blending of goat and Thomasin (Taylor-Joy) is hugely unsettling, particularly with that piercing eye and the animal’s association with Satan. The chilling stylistic decision to shroud most of the background in darkness combined with her Puritan clothing gives off a very eerie feeling of isolation, like you’re alone in the woods and something evil is closing in.