Friday, August 04, 2006


The Lost Art of Movie Posters

As I have said before, I love movie poster art, of all types. In so many cases (often in horror and fantasy genres), these images have become as iconographic and recognizable as the films they represented. E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Jaws, and Halloween come immediately to mind. And while it may descend quickly from the boxoffice charts, I must say that the most inventive poster I have seen in years is for the film The Descent. It's the story of a group of women on a caving expedition that goes horribly wrong. The poster uses the body forms of these women to create a glowing skull. If you don't check out the movie, you should at least check out this poster. It's really a work of art.

Well, I checked out the movie and the poster is definitely better conceived than the film. It actually starts off very well designed as a great strong female psychological thriller and then deteriorates into nothing but a mere blood bath. It did have great potential. Too bad really. There was a lot of strength (literally and figuratively) going into the begining of the film with six women descending into an unexplored cave (parallel..exploring their inner selves), relying on each other for survival, learning to trust each other and the emotional vulnerability that comes with that. And then wham..same old blood and guts. Could have been a great movie is all I have to say!
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