20 Reasons 80s Movie Posters Ruled

5. Red Dawn (1984)

The Evil Empire parachuting into our backyards was more of a fantasy than a fear. There’s no way to win a wholesale nuclear conflict, but a land war on American soil? Bring it.
John Alvin, the only artist mentioned twice on this list, taps into the Cold War anxiety in a way the movie couldn’t. The dual language movie title helps.


4. Pink Floyd – The Wall (1983)

Edvard Munch’s The Scream stretched across the canvas of the modern world. The artist is Gerald Scarfe, who created and directed the animated sequences in the film. You remember the flowers, right?


3. Poltergeist (1982)

Minimalist perfection.


2. The Thing (1982)

How do you illustrate the apocalyptic power of a malevolent alien that can assume the form of any living organism? Drew Struzan (The Goonies, Back to the Future) nailed it.


1. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Vader, black as space, lurking behind the stars, is offset by the ice world of Hoth. Black and white, good and evil, and in the middle of the cosmic battle the hero on his steed – and a chewy (no pun intended) romance.

It’s a fine art masterpiece by Roger Kastel, who’s also responsible for arguably the most iconic movie poster of all time: Jaws.


2W2N writes 2 Warps to Neptune, a blog about “kid culture” and 8-bit life in the ‘70s and ‘80s: Arcades and video games, D&D, comics, toys, film and TV, the PC revolution, and lots of other gnarly stuff. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, and the longest cat any of them have ever seen.

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