Collecting merchandise from our favorite films has always been a hobby for youngsters and hardcore film enthusiasts. I remember collecting anything that had the image of Spider-man after the second part in Raimi’s trilogy came out. Posters constitute a major part of that memorabilia, and were the perfect wallpaper for the pre-21st century kids. Arnie’s ‘Terminator’, Ford’s ‘Indiana Jones’, Stallone’s ‘Rambo’, the ‘Goonies’ or Jamie Lee Curtis, they adorned the bedrooms with their much talked about presence. But unfortunately posters get limited to that, and only a few people take out time to appreciate their quality and preserve the art of poster-making. In a time when there was no social media, posters were the best way of advertising movies and production houses let no complacency creep in during the designing.
Now I’ll be looking at the most famous posters of their respective generations, that still never fail to appear in your mind, decades after their creation. I will only be considering posters that are “iconic” and became essential images in pop culture. Here is the list of top most iconic movie posters ever.
15. The Thing
John Carpenter’s ‘The Thing’ defined the horror scene in the 80’s, and almost everything about it challenged the genre, including the poster. It’s one of the first string of high quality posters from that decade, and gives subtle indications to the plot. We see an unidentifiable human, whose face emits light, shrouding his identity. This raises a question : is it a human or a humanoid? The figure is heavily dressed with gloves acting as both resistance to the harsh climate and concealment of some sort. The figure stands in an upright manner, like a zombie with its hands stretched out, and its resistance to the icy storm in the background signifies its strength.
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