I remember when I was younger, I used to head to the video store and rent movies I’d never heard of based solely on the movie poster art. In doing so, I discovered many hidden gems, such as Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive and Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead. Movie poster artists are without a doubt some of the most vital yet overlooked contributors to the movie industry. It is their job to help make sure that people are still excited to see upcoming new releases. A movie poster can go a long way in helping build excitement and anticipation for a film and they have always been an important marketing tool for movie producers and studios. And so every year I compile a list of what I believe are the most memorable posters released. 2012, hasn’t been a good year for movie posters; long gone are the days of Drew Struzan and Saul Bass. Just ask Christophe Courtois who not too long ago released an article on thirteen current movie poster trends plaguing Hollywood. Still among the many terrible posters I came across. I managed to find 50 that stood out. They range from independent horror films to Hollywood blockbusters – and feature eye popping visuals, clever tag lines and innovative ways to translate the movies’ stories and themes across in a single page. Among the many highlights last year was Cabin In The Woods, The Dark Knight Rises and Meek’s Cutoff. This year, Moonrise Kingdom, VHS and High School lead the pack. Below are the 50 best movie posters released in 2012 – based on how well it fulfils its purpose, as well as its aesthetic value.
Please note that we are not including fan-made poster art nor posters by such boutiques as Mondo or Phantom Creative.
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