These Movie Posters: February Part 1

Movie Posters

I know you’ve all been anxiously chomping at the bit for our next series of “These Movie Posters” so, here you go! I’ve found 5 movie posters which grabbed my attention this month, be it good, or bad.

1) THE ABCs OF DEATH
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I picked the movie poster for The ABCs of Death for two reasons. Number one, it’s extraordinarily attention grabbing. (Outside of my home,) it’s not often you see a winged ferrier of death reading a bedtime story to a baby. The simple nature of this juxtaposition raises so many questions, and the viewer is faced with what they’re going to decide is more terrifying. A baby being held by a corpse, or how seemingly peaceful and attentive the baby is (which we should all know is not something that exists in reality).

The second is for the movie itself. As the tagline “26 Directors | 26 Ways To Die” suggests, the film itself will contain 26 smaller ‘chapters’ directed by 26 different directors. If that doesnt intrigue you, then check out this synopsis from apple trailers:

“Twenty-six directors. Twenty-six ways to die. The ABCs of Death is perhaps the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived, with productions spanning fifteen countries and featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children’s educational books, the motion picture is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet.”

The ABCs of Death is available on VOD now.

2) A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III
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Like I’ve said before, any movie poster that has the capacity to grab and hold your attention is a successful one. With everyone so busy, and so many distractions surrounding us, it’s only natural to become indifferent to all the material we are being bombarded with. Yet not only does this movie poster capture my attention, it leaves just enough out to make me want to know what’s next. That, and anything starring charlie sheen floating over LA with a typographic arrow in his heart should be interesting.

3) JOHN DIES AT THE END
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As you may or may not know (depending on whether or not you follow this site), YWC’s co-founder Madeleine (the great and powerful) has a lot of words to say about John Dies at the End. What you may not have guessed (see disclaimer about your presumed attentiveness above) is that while they are all very compelling – and I’ve now heard more about the film than most people who have probably actually seen it, I have yet to see the film. Why? Because I’m the worst.

Yet aside from everything I’ve read about the film, I’d also seen the more publicly displayed movie poster (you know, the one with the giant syringe and a floating Paul Giamatti’s head), which really didn’t do much for me. Yes, it harkened back to an older sci-fi movie poster aesthetic – but that was about it. While there was nothing inherently wrong with the poster, I find the most interesting aspect of anything are the parts you fill in yourself – and to me, the first JDATE movie poster I saw wasn’t that.

Then I was shown this new poster, which gave me exactly what I was looking for. It’s disturbing, cryptic, and from my understanding of the movie (from Madeleine’s fondness of it,) it gives off a more accurate depiction of how the film actually feels, rather than what someone else thought it might be like. Another aspect of the poster I found really intriguing, is how they managed to artfully incorporate aspects of the film in a really engaging graphic/typographic way. I’m especially a fan of the “E” in end, and the “D” skull. It’s one of those things that, out of context would never make sense, but since we become acclimated to associating each object with a letter, by the “end” of the poster you start to see patterns which initially would have been indecipherable.

And look at that, I’ve also written too much about John Dies at The End. Maybe I should see it. It’s just hitting theaters now, but you can watch it on VOD as well.

4) IRON MAN 3
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Every time I see this movie poster I’m like “WTF is that?” What movie is 3? It was almost like Marvel is relying on us being able to identify Robert Downey Jr’s butt as Iron Man, which may be the case. While I’ve never been close enough to cop a feel, it very well may be hard as Iron and be the real protagonist of the film. Who knows.

5) SCARY MOVIE 5
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The only reason I’m including this movie poster here is because I would just love to know how long they’ve been waiting to use this idea. Was this what’s been keeping the movie franchise alive this long? Probably not, but I would like to pretend it is (considering it is probably the most clever thing the “scary movie” movies have ever done, and most likely it was done by an outside agency anyway).

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