We’re already well into January, and most of the 2013 top ten lists have already come and gone. Hell, I’m sick of talking about 2013 just as much as you are. That’s already ancient history as far as I’m concerned. Instead of giving you my top 10 favorite films of 2013, I’m going to give you my favorite posters of the previous year. For every 75 ridiculously unnecessary character posters there’s only about one gem. That’s okay. It’s worth it. Anyway, take a look at my favorites below.
You’re Next was a surprisingly great home-invasion flick that I still believe flew way too far under the radar. The creepy animal masks may have scared off more than their share of the audience, which is unfortunate. This blueprint poster of the home being “invaded” is not only creative, but it will make a lot more sense once you’ve actually seen the film. If you were on the fence about You’re Next, I’d say give it a try. It’s not what you would expect.
I love this poster for the documentary Blackfish. Killer whales being held in captivity is about as inhumane as you can get, but they are amazing and gorgeous animals.
Only God Forgives
Only God Forgives could also be titled Winding Refn Doesn’t Like You, but it doesn’t have the same ring to it. It’s definitely a departure from the beloved Drive. The neon dragon sign with the words “Time to Meet the Devil” tell you all you need to know about this movie, and frankly, some of the only dialogue spoken in the film. I am a huge fan of this film, as well as the teaser poster. I was talking to another friend of mine, and said I love this film, but wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. Take that for what it’s worth. I also like the fact that this poster could be put into a frame without really needing to know it’s for a movie.
Iron Man 3
Now, I’ve been on record plenty of times saying that Marvel/Disney puts very little effort into movie posters. This special edition IMAX poster is the exception because it’s a collaboration between Marvel, Disney, IMAX, and Mondo. If you know anything about Mondo, they run the poster game and do amazing work, as you can see here.
Frightening. Horrifying. Beautiful.
This is the most awesomely evil poster of the year. I haven’t gotten around to watching Hell Baby, but the poster is hilarious.
This Mondo poster for The Heat is badass. It ranks much higher than how I felt about the movie, but we’re here to talk about posters. In that case, Mondo did a great job of incorporating the 70’s buddy cop theme around Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy.
Man of Steel
Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel didn’t exactly get universal love from the audience or critics once it hit theaters, but this poster really brought some early excitement while we waited in anticipation. Frankly, I enjoyed the hell out of Man of Steel (minus some script and editing issues). I now believe there is hope for the future of Superman and the DC Universe. Although, Warner Bros. pushing it back to 2016 doesn’t support my overly positive outlook.
Escape from Tomorrow
This poster is incredible on so many levels. The mere concept of this film interested me from the jump. The filming of Escape from Tomorrow took place inside the walls of Disney, without any permission or knowledge from the House of the Mouse. This poster grabbed me with that bloody Mickey glove, and it will remain much more memorable than the actual film.
Bobcat Goldthwait has become a director that I not only respect, but enjoy his work. Willow Creek is his take on finding Big Foot, and I could not be more excited to watch this film. Early on in the year this poster became my favorite, and nothing has been able to dethrone it.