I've always been in love with the horror genre. Movies, series, books and comics. The sense of feeling helpless, trapped, has aroused my interest since I was a child. I remember the first time I watched a Freddy Krueger movie. I remember feeling fear, after all, it is not easy for a child to fully understand a character that attacks while we are sleeping. Even so, the character fascinated me so much that I couldn't take away my eyes from the screen. As a result, dates like Friday 13th were marked in my life.
Later, when I became a designer and illustrator, my passion for film was extended to the graphic arts. I love illustrated movie posters. I have a fixation with old posters or those that try to avoid the standard established today of a few photographs plus photoshop, then making millions of variations. I hope one day the industry will once again value illustrated posters, as it did before.
After thinking a bit about it, I decided to do it myself and honor some of the horror classics that marked my childhood: A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th and Halloween.
Although I used a more stylized language, the idea was to refer to old posters. For each one I tried to work in scenes that reflect the characteristics of the film and its characters. The mask of Michael Myers, for example, has a large presence on screen, with his white face without expression. For the figure of Jason I tried to characterize all the threat he poses to Crystal Lake, and I did it (just) handing the whole scenario to him. Jason's figure causes a sensation of omnipresence and it seems he has control over everything that happens there. In Nightmare on Elm Street, I chose to focus on the victim's face, emphasizing the horror in her eyes.
For the coloring, I chose to use complementary colors, creating specific areas of emphasis and interest. Moreover, they are chosen and designed according to each film.
For the A Nightmare on Elm Street poster, I used green and purple to bring a little bit of the mystical and magic, referring to the scenarios of the supernatural illusions created by Freddy. For the Halloween poster, I decided to make Michael emerge from the shadows. The angle chosen for the light source, from the bottom up, helps to create an atmosphere even more threatening than the character’s mask. The choice of orange, as a complementary to blue, it’s quite obvious for this character... For Friday the 13th, I opted for the predominance of red, as if the whole scenario was covered in blood.
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Friday the 13th
Finally, when we see them side by side, I think the three posters are complemented in a very interesting way. What do you think?