It's Tuesday, and that means two things: a top 10 list on The Vault of Horror, and a terrible poster on Day of the Woman. Well, this week, to counterbalance the retina-rupturingly awful one-sheets that BJ-C tirelessly trashes, I've decided to give everyone a welcome respite and regale you with what I consider to be, without a doubt, the ten finest horror film posters ever produced. I think you'll get a big kick out of these--some are familiar friends, while others may be a bit more obscure...
10. The Omen (Polish)
by Andrzej Klimowski
Apparently, when they're not trying to screw in lightbulbs, the Poles are busy making soul-jarringly upsetting movie posters. Please excuse me while I never sleep again.
9. Dracula's Daughter (French)
by Joseph Koutachy
For whatever reason, very often the foreign posters created for American horror films turned out to be even more effective than their domestic counterparts. Case in point, this incredible illustration of the mesmerizing Gloria Holden.
8. Nosferatu (Czechoslovakian)
By K. Kriz-Karlin
A great line illustration for one of the most terrifying horror films ever made. There were a ton of international posters made for this German masterpiece. This one is the best.
7. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2
(Withdrawn due to breach of copyright)
What a brilliant concept, spoofing The Breakfast Club poster from the previous year. Unfortunately, the folks at Universal did not agree, and so this poster was not seen for very long.
6. The House on Haunted Hill
Something else worth noting is that, historically, the finest movie posters have been painted, not photographed. Too bad this practice is far less common than it used to be.
5. Nosferatu the Vampyre
By David Palladini
An absolutely gorgeous illustration for the remake of the silent classic. Possibly the only thing about the Werner Herzog version that was superior to the Murnau original.
4. The Evil Dead
Very familiar to horror fans, and with good reason. This painting was actually based on a photographic poster also created for the film.
3. Nekromantik (German)
By Andreas Marschall
There's something about the juxtaposition of sex and death that has always fascinated horror fans--as was so eloquently pointed out by Jewel Shepard in my interview yesterday.
2. A Nightmare on Elm Street
By Matthew William Peak
One of the most recognizable pieces of horror art ever created. An amazing work by Peak worthy of being put alongside anything Drew Struzan was doing for other '80s gems like The Empire Strikes Back and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
1. The Bride of Frankenstein
By Karoly Grosz
A stunning art deco image by Universal house artist Grosz. How could you not instantly fall in love with this poster? Screw greatest horror poster of all time--this might very well be the greatest movie poster of all time!
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