We all know how hard it is to find a solid movie poster that doesn’t look like Photoshopped madness. But occasionally we get artistic works of marketing material that live up the film’s quality, or even surpass it. You all know how we feel about movie posters by now, so without further delay, here are the best movie posters of 2015:
7. Chi-Raq (Roadside Attractions)
Spike Lee’s latest, Chi-Raq, had a number of really great, eye-catching posters that not only capture the film’s sense of black identity through color and image, but also the film’s clever (if unsubtle) wordplay and themes.
6. Spring (Drafthouse Films/FilmBuff)
While so many horror movie posters make use of darkness, the poster for Spring goes the opposite direction by flooding our senses with color that mystifies and attracts. The horror elements in the foreground are secondary to the mournful romance playing out in the background, ultimately creating one of the most honest film advertisements of the year.
5. Sicario (Lionsgate)
This is an expertly framed poster that not only shows off its impressive cast but also uses image organization to hint at the chaos that the story’s central conflict and players wreak upon Kate Macer’s mind. The twisted trail of barb wire also adds a nice touch of conveying the film’s tangled and violent narrative.
4. Macbeth (The Weinstein Company)
In terms of organization, these posters share a lot in common with the previous entry on this list. Both posters make a striking use of color that convey the violence of the film; the second is washed entirely in blood. And like the poster for Sicario, the violence is placed within the frame of the lead character’s head, emphasizing the film psychological interests.
3. It Follows (RADiUS-TWC/Dimension Films)
Voyeuristic distance is the key to both of the theatrical posters for It Follows. The first one holds us back while providing us with a quintessential image of American youth, one that cements the film’s themes of sexuality in our minds. The second, which brings us closer but is less personal, goes for the retro 80s throwback of the film’s aesthetic while providing us with another quintessential image, this time of horror.
2. Mad Max: Fury Road (Warner Bros. Pictures)
For such an amazing movie, the poster for Mad Max: Fury Road were pretty banal. They got the color schemes right, but failed when it came to organization and Photoshop, with the exception of this poster. The film’s final theatrical poster captures the sheer energy of the movie, tilting the image so that everything seems to be falling into madness. The lack of color variety also gives the poster a throwback look that falls in line with the earlier films in the series.
1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)
There’s really no beating the master Drew Struzan when it comes to capturing the feel of a film and including as many characters as possible. Everything from organization, colorization, and pure artistic talent is entirely on point here, adding further proof that computers can’t stand toe-to-toe with hand-drawn quality. This is frame worthy, not simply because of the property, but because the effort and time put into this is clear in every detail.
The Worst: Mortdecai (Lionsgate)
I didn’t see this movie and these posters were a large reason why. If the marketing department thought they could bring in an audience just by switching out different wallpaper colors and adorning their actors with mustaches, they were wrong. I mean, what’s the joke? Everyone has a mustache? Okay… do they all wear mustaches in the movie? Is Mortdecai a mustache? Why does everyone look like they’re hopelessly trying not to shit their pants? Whatever the answer, I’m sure it’s not funny.
So tell us: Were there any particularly great or terrible posters that caught your eye this year?