Full disclaimer: The quality of the movies is not relevant to this post. Some of these movies are good, some are bad. I have seen a few, am going to see others and going to ignore the rest. Because sometimes, no matter how good the poster art is, sometimes it's just not enough for me to sit through it.
With that said, here are a few that tickled my funny bone last year (in alphabetical order):
First off American Ultra. For starters, what are they wearing?! The main focus here is the beautiful raging artwork on the wall, drawn by Jim Evans aka TAZ, who has drawn everything for the biggest names in the industry, from U2 to Nirvana. He also did the 10th Anniversary SAW artwork.
This Comic-Con exclusive poster of Ant-Man is intricate as it shows how Marvel wanted to make sure we knew what the movie was all about. Keeping it in shades of red and blue, that neon on that left corner really gives it a more colorful touch.
Autism in Love
According to sources, this is a piece of Pre-Production Concept Art.
Between the font of the title, multi-colored puzzle pieces that form a heart or the background color it's all laid upon, this poster for Autism In Love does bring out the feeling of hope.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ryan Meinerding released a whole set of individual posters that ended with the release of the full picture of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
While it looks great, seeing The Avengers and the two new members, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the mix, this is one big fight that's going on here!
Then eclipse did these two:
These monochromatic designs, full of intricate details. For those (like me!) who enjoy the simple yet meaningful side of posters.
This one hits close to home. Being South-African born, Die Antwoord are the countries most known musicians, right after Sugar Man. So seeing this variant of the Chappie poster going global and knowing that the Zef culture would be everywhere, it strikes me a little proud.
How to tell everything about a movie, without telling you everything about it. Cop Car should be a straight-forward movie to promote. Two kids steal a cop car that belongs to Kevin Bacon. He's probably their cousin in fifth degree!
So instead of getting a straight-forward poster, take this one, that has the road torn out. Because it's trying to tell you something, people!
Haven't checked out the movie (yet!), but this poster for The Diabolical shows us everything that we love about those alternative midnight screening ads! Chilling and with purple shades. Sign me up!
Had Everly been half the movie we see in this poster, it would probably have made a whole lot of people happier.
Never such a beautiful movie deserved such beautiful marketing visuals. Ex Machina is by far of my favorites of 2015, this bare-boned skeleton tells a story itself. If we only knew what to expect!
The Final Girls
The Final Girls poster makes me want to bring back the VHS... Let's rewind and watch this all over again, please! (ok, maybe not, but you get it!)
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
Of my favorite movies last year, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night was screened at a small theater in town and only who actually cared to see the movie, knew about it. Sexy, evil and definitely goosebump worthy, this poster has it all.
It Follows was yet another of my favorite movies last year (well technically of 2014, where I caught a screening at MOTELx in Lisbon). When the movie went mainstream and got it's marketing rolling along, the amazing Akiko Stehrenberger (of Kiss of The Damned and Bad Milo! fame) creates this poster. While she has done better, this poster does show through it's eyes what kind of ride we're in for.
Of the best poster designers out there, Art Machine really know what they're doing. Regardless of the quality of Jupiter Ascending, fact is these posters are beautifully crafted, full of mythical details you wish were as important in the movie.
Neon bright pink and yellow, just like I've been told L.A. Slasher works. Welcome to Hollywood. Can you smell the fame? Perfect for those midnight screenings!
The Last Witch Hunter
Is this new xXx movie? No wait, it's only Vin Diesel being a badass in a movie I couldn't give the time of day, The Last Witch Hunter. There are so many mythical creature hunters I can handle and one that doesn't feature the sound of that Dodge Charger is going to be a no-no for me.
Mad Max: Fury Road
I could have virtually picked any poster for Mad Max: Fury Road. Each and every one of them is as worthy as the film is, but it's this particular design by the Canyon Design Group that really captures my attention. Reminiscent of the posters from the original trilogy with Mel Gibson, this is really gives us the nostalgic feeling of actually being excited to go to a movie.
Magic Mike XXL
At first I wasn't sure if I should feature this Magic Mike XXL variant. After careful thinking and a cup of tea, figured, why the hell not. It's asian, it's masculine and it's got freakin' neon signs! When compared with the rest of their international counterparts, this one gets the prize for best attempt to trick me to watch this.
Sicario was a breath taking thriller and this poster matches that feeling. Properly blended between the movies main action plot points, it does leave us wanting to know more. And that title font, along with the tagline. I'd watch it all over again.
Out of the three designs there was of Suburban Gothic, this is by far the one that makes it look interesting. Not sure if going to watch it, but this cheap looking horror label with it's pink and bloody details mean I'll give it a try. Never judge a movie by a poster they say!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The top of the list with these amazing posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Limited, unique and colorful, giving you the same feelings you had when you saw it for the first time in theaters (and if you didn't, then shame on you!).
Could there be anything more perfect?
Tell me in the comments what were your favorite posters from my selection or your own!