20 Reasons 80s Movie Posters Ruled

If your favorite poster isn’t on this list, it’s not because I haven’t seen it. It’s because I didn’t think it was awesome enough. Feel free to wrangle with me in the comments. Cheap shots welcome.

Thanks to the Internet Movie Poster Awards for artist credits and images.


20. Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Siskel and Ebert famously excoriated Silent Night, Deadly Night as “sick and sleazy and mean-spirited,” thereby increasing its notoriety and profits a hundredfold. It’s a shame, because the brilliant poster renders the ho-hum movie superfluous.


19. The Evil Dead (1981)

An angle is a powerful thing. So is the Necronomicon, apparently.


18. Scanners (1981)

The dude is about to explode. Even without the perfect blurb, you know the dude is about to explode.


17. Excalibur (1981)

Epic subject matter demands epic art. The epic artist is Bob Peak (Apocalypse Now, Star Trek: The Motion Picture), “father of the modern Hollywood movie poster.”


16. House (1986)

Nothing fancy. Just a lopped off hand trailing leaky blood vessels while floating in the air and ringing the doorbell of the house it’s currently haunting.

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