15 Best Horror Movie Posters of All Time

Never judge a book by its cover, they said, but little did they know that it doesn’t hold true in case of horror movies! The first thing we look at before watching a horror film (or any film for that matter) is its poster. And to some extent, we decide whether the film has the potential to spook us out or not is by having one good look at its poster. Horror movies have always entertained us and they have the power to tell stories that don’t have all things sugar and sweet in them!

Despite featuring blood and gore, mutilated bodies, musical scores that send a chill down our spine and all sorts of fear-inducing things in their screenplay, horror is a genre that will always have something fresh to deliver. And as long as filmmakers continue to explore this genre, we will have more reasons to get entertained. Posters have mostly compelled us to watch films and here we have a list of fifteen horror movies with some vintage posters, some classic and some 80s horror movie posters.


15. Paranormal Activity (2007)

Directed by first timer Oren Peli, ‘Paranormal Activity’ had instantly become the talk of the town once its trailers were out. The film not only managed to scare the common audiences, but also a person like Steven Spielberg, who took great interest in horror stories, due to some of his spooky childhood experiences. The film, which was the story of a couple, who after having haunting experiences in their new home, start filming the paranormal activity only to find out there’s more than what meets the eye. The poster of the film depicted a couple in a camera recording, spooked out in their bed, pointing towards an ominous figure on their door. The poster was what had actually stirred the audiences’ interest in the film!


14. Sinister (2012)

This British-American film is said to be inspired by a nightmare, which co-writer C. Robert Cargill had had after he watched the classic horror film ‘The Ring’. Developing his story further, director Scott Derrickson presented the account of a crime writer, who after moving in his new home, finds a box of movies, which show ghastly murders that had taken place in his own attic. The entire series puts his family at risk and that’s just the beginning of more sinister things to come. The film, which received mixed response at the box office, had its poster depicting a young girl dressed in white, with her hand touching a wall that has an intimidating figure in the background. The film really had us screaming!


13. The Ring (2002)

Considered as one of the scariest movies of all time, ‘The Ring’ is a remake of the Japanese film ‘Ringu’, which critics say is even scarier! Director Gore (the name has it all!) Verbinski’s cult masterpiece, which can scare the wits out of us at any given time of the day, had a cleverly made poster. The film, which narrated the mysterious deaths of people a week after they watch a videotape, received favourable reviews for its haunting background score and creepy visuals; and its minimalist poster freaked us out too. With nothing but an irregularly-shaped white ring on a black background and some horizontal lines running across it, the poster was one craftily made visual, like the entire film.


12. Halloween (1978)

Jamie Lee Curtis, who debuted with this film, and subsequently starred in a string of horror movies, was tagged “Horror Queen” by the audiences and quite rightly, she entertained us too. ‘Halloween’ narrated the story of a young Michael, who kills his sister on Halloween night and is sent to a sanitarium, from where he escapes years later. Despite being in catatonia for years, an adult Michael poses a threat to people as he goes on a killing spree in the neighbourhood. The film was greatly successful and its poster, too, played an important role. A flaming Jack-o’-lantern with a hand holding a knife, the poster of ‘Halloween’ depicted what exactly the film was trying to say!


11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

When the film had released a long time ago, it was banned in some countries since it featured a lot of blood and gore and had too much violence in its narration, but ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ went on to become one of the most influential horror films ever and also earned rave reviews and profits, some critics even commenting that it had set a new standard in the slasher genre. Loosely inspired by Ed Gein’s story, the film’s despicable and appalling central character – Leatherface – on its poster, armed with a chainsaw, running towards the screen, spooked almost an entire generation!

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