60 Great Horror Movie Posters

Movie posters are an art, and horror movies have had their fair share of artistic triumphs. Some horror posters, in fact, are more entertaining than the actual films. Here are 60 of the best.

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Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

Alice, Sweet Alice

Allied Artists

Creepy and mysterious; like the movie, you're not sure what to expect.

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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

An American Werewolf in London

Universal

In this poster for the quintessential werewolf movie, the actors convey the film's sense of humor, while the use of space and vertical balance draw your eye to the (significant) full moon.

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Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)

Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid

Sony

Simple yet effective with striking color contrast.

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Army of Darkness (1992)

Army of Darkness

Universal

This parody of '80s bare-chested barbarian flicks (Conan the Barbarian, Beastmaster, etc.) captures the film's camp appeal.

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Blood Beach (1981)

Blood Beach

Jerry Gross

Corny fun image draws attention to what would otherwise be an overlook-able movie.

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The Body Snatcher (1945)

The Body Snatcher

RKO

Menacing yet artistic with muted tones.

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The Brain Eaters (1958)

The Brain Eaters

American International Pictures

Startlingly scary, dominated by the disturbing visage with cold eyes, sharp fangs and a throbbing brain.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Goldwyn Distributing Company

Captures the surreal artistry of this German expressionist classic with a twist ending.

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Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1972)

Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things

Geneni Film Distributors

Offbeat and goofy, yet unnerving—just like the movie.

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C.H.U.D. (1984)

C.H.U.D.

New World

Cooler and more foreboding than the actual film.

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Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield movie poster

Paramount

Like Planet of the Apes, this poster for the blockbuster found footage-style movie uses the unexpected rendering of an iconic symbol to create striking imagery, all the while maintaining the mystery of the "something." 

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The Company of Wolves (1984)

The Company of Wolves

Cannon

Wisely highlights the gruesome werewolf transformation scene, since the rest of the movie is not nearly as outrageous.

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Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Creature from the Black Lagoon

Universal

Colorful and action-packed with a vintage, hand-drawn design.

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Creature from Black Lake (1976)

Creature from Black Lake

Howco International Pictures

Brooding, imposing and impressively rendered.

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Creepshow (1982)

Creepshow

Warner Bros.

Places an otherwise horrific image in the safe context of a movie theater, creating a playful, tongue-in-cheek poster.

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Dead Alive (1992)

Dead Alive

Trimark

Nightmarish picture hints at both the grisly content and the dark humor in the film.

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Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Dr. Phibes Rises Again

American International Pictures

Wince-inducing photo catches the eye (pun intended).

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Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

Dracula Has Risen from the Grave

Warner Bros.

One of the all-time greats, combining color, humor and artistry for maximum impact.

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The Evil Dead (1981)

The Evil Dead

New Line

Startlingly dark, reflecting the graphic content of the original film that lacked much of the sequels' warped humor.

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Eyes Without a Face (1960)

Eyes Without a Face

Lopert Pictures

Intense use of red contrasts the woman's soft features, reflecting the beauty and danger wrapped together in the plot.

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The Fly (1986)

The Fly

20th Century Fox

A shadowy tease that provides a vague promise of the shocks to come.

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The Food of the Gods (1976)

Food of the Gods

American International Pictures

Embodies the campy terror of '70s animals-running-amok flicks.

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Frogs (1972)

Frogs movie poster

American International Pictures

Funnier and more intriguing than anything in the film, although it wrongfully gives the impression that the movie contains giant, maneating frogs.

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Future-Kill (1985)

Future-Kill

International Film Marketing

Created by famed Swiss artist H.R. Giger (who designed the aliens in Alien and Species), the poster showcases his "biomechanical" style and is perhaps more famous than the movie.

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Garden of the Dead (1974)

Garden of the Dead

Entertainment Pyramid

Marvelously morose with an unexpectedly artistic sensibility for a low-budget zombie movie.

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Halloween (1978)

Halloween movie poster

Compass International Pictures

This poster for the movie that launched a franchise treats the embodiment of Halloween—a jack o'lantern—with deft use of shape and pattern to create the illusion of movement, making the design all the more ominous.

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Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

Happy Birthday to Me movie poster

Columbia

A gruesome tribute to slasher movie excess.

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The Hills Have Eyes 2 (2007)

The Hills Have Eyes 2

20th Century Fox

Declared disturbing enough by the MPAA that it had to be edited to remove the hand.

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The Hitcher (1986)

The Hitcher

Tristar

Dramatic and conceptually innovative, delivering a first-person point of view with the simple addition of a rear-view mirror.

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Hostel Part II (2007)

Hostel 2

Lionsgate

Inventive, provocative and sanitized for your protection.

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House (1986)

House movie poster

New World Pictures

Alternately fun and creepy, drawn in classic '80s horror poster style.

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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

House on Haunted Hill

Allied Artists Pictures

Grimly playful reflection of its B-movie status.

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The Howling (1981)

The Howling

AVCO Embassy Pictures

Edgy and memorable, conveying the werewolf theme without actually showing a werewolf.

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I Spit on Your Grave (1978)

I Spit on Your Grave

Cinemagic Pictures

Appropriately envelope-pushing and controversial, given the movie's theme.

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I Walked With a Zombie (1943)

I Walked With a Zombie

RKO

Classy with layered visuals that signal there's more here than a standard zombie flick.

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Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)

Invasion of the Saucer Men

American International Pictures

Colorful, cartoonish artwork resembles a vintage pulp magazine from the '30s or '40s.

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Jaws (1975)

Jaws

Universal

One of the most famous movie posters of all time feeds on the classic film's nightmarish scenario of not knowing what lies beneath.

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The Killer Shrews (1959)

The Killer Shrews
McLendon-Radio Pictures Distributing Company

Despite a cheesy concept and even cheesier execution (dogs dressed in "shrew skins"), the movie delivered a wonderful poster—both shocking and humorous.

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King Kong (1933)

King Kong

RKO

Captures the thrilling spectacle of the original film's epic scale.

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The Lost Boys (1987)

The Lost Boys

Warner Bros.

Hipsexycool.

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M (1931)

M movie poster

Vereinigte Star-Film

A bold and iconic representation of the German movie's heavy content.

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Maniac (1980)

Maniac

Analysis Film Releasing Corporation

Brutal and arousing, raising morbid curiosity with a darkly playful tagline:​ "I warned you not to go out tonight."

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The Mummy (1932)

The Mummy

Universal

Classic and appropriately understated.

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Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)

Murders in the Rue Morgue

Universal

Vivid and beautifully grotesque—perhaps as influenced by German expressionism as the film was.

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Night of the Lepus (1972)

Night of the Lepus

MGM

Another poster that exceeds the movie, this one using a creatively embellished shadow to maximize the fun.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street

New Line

 

Dizzying visual representation of a living nightmare, with Freddy Krueger's claws hovering menacingly at the top of the image.

 

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Not of This Earth (1957)

Not of This Earth

Allied Artists Pictures

The epitome of '50s sci-fi camp.

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Open Water (2003)

Open Water

Lionsgate

Extreme use of perspective to illustrate the terrifying real storyline.

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Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Phantom of the Opera

Universal

A soaring, romantic poster with an explosion of color and style.

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Poltergeist (1982)

Poltergeist

MGM

Minimal design that's still eerily effective, recreating the film's most memorable scene.

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Q: The Winged Serpent (1982)

Q: The Winged Serpent

United Film Distribution Company

Arresting -- almost tongue in cheek -- juxtaposition of a creature from a fantasy novel against the backdrop of a modern cityscape.

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Road Games (1981)

Road Games

AVCO Embassy Pictures

Sinister with a creative streak that incorporates the highway theme.

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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Rosemary's Baby

Paramount

Weighty and somber with dramatic use of silhouettes and an eerie green hue.

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Severance (2006)

Severance

Magnolia

Funny, twisted send-up of the white collar lifestyle.

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Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

Silent Night, Deadly Night

TriStar

A perfect embodiment of the "killer Santa" horror sub-genre, an image likely to give any child nightmares.

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Slave of the Cannibal God (1978)

Slave of the Cannibal God

New Line

The over-indulgence of '70s Italian cannibal movies boiled down to one wonderfully exploitive image.

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The Stepford Wives (1975)

The Stepford Wives

Columbia

Striking and symbolic.

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The Stuff (1985)

The Stuff

New World Pictures

Gleefully gross.

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A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

A Tale of Two Sisters

TLA Releasing

A dystopian nightmare.

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Voodoo Devil Drums (1944)

Voodoo Devil Drums

Toddy Pictures Co.

Recalls the bold Afrocentric art of the Harlem Renaissance.