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What's the best horror movie poster ever made? Movie thinkers Deslide have come up with what they feel is a reliable way to discern the greatest horror movie posters; I'll let them explain for themselves:

The greatest horror movie posters of all time think outside the box, although they do all have one thing in common, and that is that they’re all relatively simple. They don’t overdo the gore, the ghosts or reveal too much of the plot; they focus on one central image and it’s usually the image that is the main focus for the audience – usually the antagonist.

It’s because of these simple techniques that make both the movies and the posters so memorable. In fact, a lot of these posters have become a piece of cinematic history in their own right and they most definitely do their job in being able to sell the film to the public. The majority of these posters are now proudly on display in the living rooms of movie lovers across the globe.

You've read the reasoning, now check out Deslide's top 10 horror movie posters of all time - add your own favorites in the comments!

10. The Blair Witch Project

Studio: Artisan Entertainment

Year of Release: 1999


9. Scream

Studio: Dimension Films

Year of Release: 1996


8. A Nightmare on Elm Street

For some reason, Deslide have chosen the poster for the 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street remake. I don't know if this is an error or if they just really, really like dodgy remakes.

Studio: New Line Cinema

Year of Release: 2010


7. Carrie

Studio: United Artists

Year of Release: 1976


6. The Evil Dead

Studio: New Line Cinema

Year of Release: 1981


5. Poltergeist

Studio: MGM

Year of Release: 1982


4. The Wicker Man

Studio: British Lion Films

Year of Release: 1973

Note: Deslide have featured the poster for the ultimate director's cut edition, rather than the original Wicker Man poster. Again, I don't know if this is on purpose or not; it is a rather fetching woodcut design by Richard Wells.


3. Friday the 13th

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Year of Release: 1980


2. The Exorcist

Studio: Warner Bros

Year of Release: 1973


1. Nosferatu: Eine Symphonie des Grauens

Studio: Film Arts Guild

Year of Release: 1922

For the record, my favorite of the posters featured here is the Carrie poster (on a stylistic level) but my heart chooses the Scream one because I saw it when I was ten years old and will always love that movie best.


Does 1922's 'Nosferatu' have the greatest horror movie poster of all time?

Source: Deslide


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