March 26, 2013

Mike's Movie Poster Roundup - Part 1 - Horror Movie Sequels


One of the biggest parts of the movie going experience for me has always been the movies promotional posters. Usually it is the first piece of promotional material we ever get to see about a film, and it is the first place we begin to form an impression about what the film may develop into or actually be about. A good poster can actually inspire you to want to see a film you may have no interest in whatsoever, or may heighten your interest even more due to the images of the film finally being revealed. We post a ton of film related posters here at CCD, so I thought it would be kind of cool to go back and look at some of my favorites from a particular group or genres of films. Today we take on one of my all time favorite genres, horror movies... specifically horror movie sequels!!! Read more after the jump...



I love to collect movie posters and have recently been using them to decorate my house. It is so great to walk around my crib and see some of my favorite film memories up on the wall as decoration. No through the power of the Internet posters and frames are much easier to come by. Posters can be found almost anywhere, most notably AllPosters.com which has one of the hugest selections you will ever see. I also use WholesalePosterFrames.com for all my framing needs, because they offer many possibilities when it comes to frame selections, from fancy and expensive to cheap and efficient. I even have two of the posters from this list that is about to follow up in my house right now! Moving right along....

1) Friday the 13th Part 2 - 1981

The reason I decided to make this post was because I awoke early this morning to the opening scene of Friday the 13th Part 2... and I was instantly transported back into time to my mom and pop video shop on 110 st in Richmond Hill, NY. Home video rentals were driven by the horror genre, and teens renting horror movies made up a huge percentage of the films being rented. Store owners weren't stupid, so the began to highlight film posters for horror movies front and center. One of the creepiest posters I ever remember seeing had to be Friday the 13th Part 2. The silhouette of a menacing Jason's body (no picture of Jason's face in sight) carrying a bloody axe wigged me out, and always scared me more because I knew this was the first real incarnation of Jason (given that it was Mama Vorhees in Part 1). Everytime I walked into that store the poster creeped me out... and that is why it was of my all time favorites!


2) Evil Dead 2 - 1987

Is there a  more iconic horror movie sequel image than the Evil Dead 2 poster? Cause if there is, I certainly can't remember... What makes the Evil Dead 2 poster so fantastic has to be two things: 1) The simplistic nature of the design and 2) The fucked up fact that the skeleton has eyeballs! Come on, a bare skull with normal fucking eyeballs? That is so fucked up!!! What I find most ironic is that the skull creature never appears in Evil Dead 2 at all... despite the fact there are many other deadite monsters that could have made an appearance on the poster for Sam Raimi's masterpiece. Skeleton's would play an important part in one of my favorite scenes in Evil Dead 3 (Army of Darkness), but that is a whole different conversation for another day....


3) Halloween III: Season of the Witch - 1982

What can I say... I am a sucker for 80's horror, the cheesier the better! Halloween III is bad... epically bad in fact. It is the first (and only) film in the franchises long and storied history that deviates from Michael Myers being the main threat and instead focuses on the evil owner of a company that manufactures Halloween masks. Silver Shamrock's mask have a little something extra in them, and owner Cochran plans to use it to kill many children in the process. This one falls into the so bad its good categories, and I always loved the creepy witch mask image on the top of the poster as well as the images of the three unsuspecting children trick r' treating. So awesome...


4) Creepshow 2 - 1987

Once again, I have to turn to my youth for the next entry. Creepshow was fantastic, but Creepshow 2 improved every aspect of the original film and then some. They also came with the funk for the poster, playing up the movie theme from the first films poster by showing what Death himself would look like taking in a flick. I love the old school feel of the poster, and it brings back some great movie memories. Old Chief Woodn'head, The Raft, and The Hitch Hiker are three of my favorite horror stories ever. Great poster from a great movie...


5) Silence of the Lambs -1991

Technically Silence of the Lambs is a sequel, following up the very underrated Manhunter as the second time we meet the charming cannibal Hannibal Lecter. It features the very stoic looking Jodie Fosters pure visage being obscured by the colorful moth (a key plot point in the film). It is creepy as fuck, and also a great job of  using themes from the film to create a killer poster. I know Silence of the Lambs is often considered a thriller more than a horror movie, but in my mind any movie about serial killers and cannibals is a horror movie to me!


So there you go. Enjoy my picks, and get some movie posters of your own to decorate your crib. What better way to celebrate the films you love than to put them up on your own walls. See ya next time...

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