Regardless of the films quality their art was what studios used to sell the film. If 'Blood Beach' didn't have the fantastic poster to accompany it perhaps it wouldn't be as fondly remembered by those of the video rental era.
To compile a list of the 10 best posters is a tall order. Throughout the decades of filmmaking there have been thousands of fantastic posters, especially in genre films. From 50's Creature Features to 80's Slashers, I'll do my best to cover my favorites from everything.
10. Q - The Winged Serpent (1982) Director: Larry Cohen
9. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003) Director: Jee-woon Kim
8. Frogs (1972) Director: George McCowan
It's a movie poster that features a frog with a human hand sticking out of its mouth. Why would you not want to watch that movie?
7. House (1986) Director: Steve Miner
The simplicity in the poster for 'House' is that the basic image of a severed hand ringing a doorbell is so well drawn. Seeing the individual nerves, and the shading on the bone is phenomenal.
6. I Spit on Your Grave (1978) Director: Meir Zarchi
As with most exploitation films, 'I Spit on Your Grave' has a very eye-grabbing poster. With text exploding off the page to grab the viewer you're left with the brutal imagery of a woman yielding a knife who has obviously been through some shit.
5. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) Director: Jack Arnold
While more people tend to think of 'Frankenstein' or 'Dracula' as the more famous Universal Monsters, there's something about the Gillman. The poster is amazingly drawn, giving movement to Julia Adams' hair, and the oncoming rescue attempt by our films heroes.
4. Happy Birthday to Me (1981) Director: J. Lee Thompson
3. Jaws (1975) Director: Steven Spielberg
One of the most iconic posters of all time. The speed of the shark approaching the swimmer already adds fear just looking at the poster. A great representation of the film.
2. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) Director: Tobe Hooper
You have to applaud Tobe Hooper and his crew for this hysterical duplication of the iconic 'Breakfast Club' pose.
1. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) Director: Chuck Russell
Not only is 'Dream Warriors' my favorite installment in the Nightmare on Elm Street series, it also happens to be my favorite poster of all time. From the colors to the setting to the imagery, I honestly don't think you can get much better than this.
There are hundreds of other great posters out there, and these are only a select few. As always thanks for reading, and please check out The Trash Pile TV show airing on blogTV every Tuesday at 10:00pm