There are a lot of weird movie posters floating around out there, especially some of those created for the international market. In this post, my hope is to introduce you to ten such odd movie posters, as well as provide a bit of commentary for each. There are no doubt many more to choose from, so don’t be shy about sharing your own choices in our comments section.
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Gutterballs - You’ve gotta love a film whose tagline is “Heads will bowl.” You’ve also got to admire such an unabashedly bizarre movie poster. Think Severance, only with a bowling pin inserted. A brief search of the Internet will also find Gutterballs posters parodying classics such as Maniac and Halloween, but this remains my favorite.
Up the Sandbox- Let’s see, star Barbra Streisand appears to have been named “Dust Mop of the Year,” strapped to a baby bottle, and knocked up by an unseen party. While all those elements are weird enough, it’s her anime eyes and unusually smooth skin that really pushes this poster over the top. She reminds me of one of those puppets in Dark Crystal.
Day of the Dolphin - George C. Scott looks like he means business. But whatever tough-guy rep he’s built up quickly evaporates when you read “Unwittingly, he trained a dolphin to kill the President of the United States.” Well, at least he didn’t do it on purpose. By the way, new evidence indicates that a giraffe was spotted on the grassy knoll during the Kennedy assassination.
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever – Here’s a suggestion for a weird movie poster: Take the head of star Barbra Streisand and superimpose it onto a flower pot. It’s already been done? Damn! Hollywood keeps stealing all my good ideas. What is it with Babs and all these outrageous promotional items?
Blue Velvet – Normally I love a woman in stockings, but somehow this bizarre Italian poster for David Lynch’s even more bizarre film makes me feel like taking a shower.
Blindness - The biggest question I have about this one is why the poster’s designer would go out of his or her way to confuse the average American moviegoer? You know damned well that an embarrassing number of people were looking forward to the release of B Lin Dness.
Dying Breed- Since most pot pies don’t contain fingers, teeth, or eyeballs, this weird movie poster really gets your attention. Also note that by dividing “everybody” into two words, the tagline takes on a whole new meaning. Clever, I sez.
Son of Dracula- Frankenstein, Dracula, the Wolfman, and Ringo Starr dressed as a wizard. Also featuring seven songs that you’ve never heard of!
Christine - In this international poster, Stephen King’s killer classic car is somehow transformed into a massive albino vagina…with vampire teeth. Did these guys even bother to read the book?
The International – It’s always weird to me when the poster’s designers seem to go out of their way to try and hamstring a film. Here’s a prime example: Stars Clive Owen and the ever-fine Naomi Watts are relegated to a small corner of the poster in favor of architecture. Architecture?!
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